I've been using EMMS with mplayer for a couple days, and a minimal config:

(setq exec-path (append exec-path '("/usr/local/bin")))
(require 'emms-setup)
(require 'emms-player-mplayer)      ; load mplayer
(setq emms-source-file-default-directory "/Users/me/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music/")
(emms-add-directory-tree emms-source-file-default-directory)

It worked very well, M-x emms would generate a buffer with the name of all files, and hitting RET would play it. However, for some reason, whenever I RET to play a song, an mplayer window pops up with the album cover, and when a songs end, this window pops up again showing the album cover for the next song. How can I remove this behavior and make emms as "silent" as possible? The album covers are embedded in the audio files.

Question: how to stop this popup window with the album cover?

  • Why do you use (emms-all) and not e.g., (emms-minimalistic) or just write your own config with the information from emms-setup.el.
    – Tobias
    Feb 28, 2018 at 18:28
  • Thanks for the suggestion! I wasn't aware of all those options! I found out that I can set mplayer options to be quite, and it seems to work (setq emms-player-mplayer-parameters '("-slave" "-quiet")) Feb 28, 2018 at 18:51
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    If those options work for you please answer your own question and accept your answer.
    – Tobias
    Feb 28, 2018 at 19:31

2 Answers 2


In my emacs26.2 use

(append emms-player-mplayer-parameters (list "-novideo"))

worked for me, however I think it's may disable the videoplay function.

  • after update, this answer no function and I use '(emms-player-mplayer-parameters (quote ("-slave" "-quiet" "-really-quiet" "-novideo"))) (first quote is essential) Sep 18, 2019 at 2:10

Following setting works for me in Mac with mplayer installed in /usr/local/bin

(use-package emms
:ensure t
(setq exec-path (append exec-path '("/usr/local/bin")))

(setq  emms-player-mplayer-parameters '("-novideo"))

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