Back to using the Awesome WM in Ubuntu. This time I’m setting up everything from scratch and first up is fixing keybindings to control my main music player: Spotify!

Edit your ~/.config/awesome/rc.lua with Emacs (obviously). If you do not have an rc file, simply copy the system /etc/xdb/awesome/rc.lua:

globalkeys = awful.util.table.join(globalkeys,
           awful.key({}, "XF86AudioRaiseVolume", function () awful.util.spawn("amixer -D pulse sset Master 5%+", false) end),
       awful.key({}, "XF86AudioLowerVolume", function () awful.util.spawn("amixer -D pulse sset Master 5%-", false) end),
       awful.key({}, "XF86AudioMute", function() awful.util.spawn('amixer -D pulse sset Master 1+ toggle') end),
       awful.key({ }, "XF86AudioNext", function () awful.util.spawn("dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Next")end),
       awful.key({ }, "XF86AudioPrev", function () awful.util.spawn("dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Previous")end),
       awful.key({ }, "XF86AudioPlay", function () awful.util.spawn("dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.PlayPause")end),
       awful.key({ }, "XF86AudioStop", function () awful.util.spawn("dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Stop")end))
root.keys(globalkeys)

That’s it.