I am running Emacs version, Spacemacs 0.105.x, Windows 7. In my .spacemacs, in dotspacemacs/user-config I have:

;; Org
;; Org-pomodoro
(setq org-pomodoro-length 25)
(setq org-pomodoro-short-break-length 5)
(setq org-pomodoro-long-break-length 15)
(setq org-pomodoro-play-sounds 1)

In .emacs.d\elpa\org-pomodoro-20151217.553\resources I have bell.wav, bell_multiple.wav and tick.wav. When running a pomodoro it doesn't play any sounds. What do I need to change to get sounds working and what do I need to change to use my own sounds?

  • I don't think this has anything to do with Spacemacs. Spacemacs is only a config. By adding Spacemacs to the question and tag, you are limiting the number of people who would even read the question. As a Spacemacs user, if you know where to put the config stuff, this question boils down to a more general question of why this is not working and what needs to be done to fix it. "Where" to put the fix could be different for each user. – Kaushal Modi Aug 30 '16 at 9:50

It seems like org-pomodoro potentially uses sound-wav to play sounds.

Install it, along with powershell:

M-x package-install [RET] sound-wav [RET]
M-x package-install [RET] poweshell [RET]

Good luck!


Run M-x customize-group and you should see a group called org-pomodoro. All related options, including the sound, should be there.

  • Thanks for the suggestion. customize-group does not have org-pomodoro in it, though I am able to run a pomodoro. – user619882 Jul 4 '16 at 20:32
  • Worked for me!! – basilikode Dec 8 '17 at 14:02

Spacemacs' org layer is missing the sound-wav package. I just had to add it to my .spacemacs' additional packages and restart Emacs:

dotspacemacs-additional-packages '(sound-wav)

To hear the ticking sound, enable Org Pomodoro Ticking Sound P in customize-group [RET] org-pomodoro [RET].

For vanilla Emacs, you might have to install sound-wav (and powershell if you're in Winbugs):

M-x package-install [RET] sound-wav [RET]
M-x package-install [RET] powershell [RET]

And add to your .emacs:

(require 'sound-wav)

You can test sound-wav with

(sound-wav-play "/path/to/audio.wav")

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