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Retrieve data from a Media Player in Linux, via dbus. (Uses Python)
import dbus
class MediaPlayer:
"""Recieves state from a MediaPlayer using dbus."""
player_properties = False
def __init__(self, player_name):
# Get an instance of the dbus session bus, and retrieve
# a proxy object for accessing the MediaPlayer
session_bus = dbus.SessionBus()
player_proxy = session_bus.get_object(
'org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.%s' % player_name,
# Apply the interface 'org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties to
# the player proxy, allowing us to call .Get() and .GetAll()
self.player_properties = dbus.Interface(player_proxy, 'org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties')
Retrieve the properties from the Player interface, return a
song string.
def song_string(self):
props = self.player_properties.GetAll('org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player')
return "%s - %s (%s)" % (
Retrieve properties from the MediaPlayer2 interface, return
whether a screen is maximised or not.
def is_fullscreen(self):
props = self.player_properties.GetAll('org.mpris.MediaPlayer2')
return bool(props["Fullscreen"])
player = MediaPlayer('vlc')
print("Status: %s" % ("Do Not Disturb" if player.is_fullscreen() else "Available"))
print("Playing: %s" % (player.song_string()))
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