Raspberry Pi has a build-in sound card, HDMI and phone jack output to play sound. If you connect to HDMI display or plug-in a headphone to it, you can play sound. The setup of sound feature is easy as described below.


Step 1. Install PiAUISuite sound software

$ sudo apt-get install git-core

$ git clone git://

$ ./

(be aware to answer pop-up question to continue installation)

Step 2. Setup Sound Device

$ modprobe snd_bcm2835

$ amixer controls
numid=3,iface=MIXER,name=’PCM Playback Route’
numid=2,iface=MIXER,name=’PCM Playback Switch’
numid=1,iface=MIXER,name=’PCM Playback Volume’

$ amixer cset numid=3 1

where 0 for auto-select, 1 for headphone, 2 for HDMI.

$ sudo amixer cset numid=1 60%

to set the volume between 0 – 100%, 0 for mute.

$ sudo amixer set PCM – 60%

Step 3. To Play Sound

$ sudo omxplayer voice.mp3

If omxplayer’s auto-detection of the correct audio output device fails, you can force output over hdmi with:

$ sudo omxplayer-o hdmivoice.mp3

or you can force output over the headphone jack with:

$ sudo omxplayer-o localvoice.mp3

Note: you should be able to play sound on VLC connection, too.

Reference Link:


You can install alsa to control sound. Make sure alsa-utils is installed and run alsamixer as below:

$ sudo apt-get install -y alsa-utils

$ alsamixer

Then use the F1-F6 keys and UI to push up the volume.


Use the arrow keys to jack up the volume and quit.

To save what you changed in alsamixer as defaults, do:

sudo alsactl store 0

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