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How to install indicator-sound-switcher

asked 2018-03-27 10:05:40 -0500

cip_fedora gravatar image

updated 2018-03-27 15:58:10 -0500

I have used indicator-sound-switcher on different desktops - a tool to switch sound output from the panel - including KDE, but on ubuntu-based systems.

In Fedora KDE, I have downloaded the package from the link above, unpacked the archive and read the INSTALL file which says to run

sudo python3 install.

That seems to have worked, the tool appears in launcher but doesn't start.

When run in terminal I see this:

$ indicator-sound-switcher
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/bin/indicator-sound-switcher", line 35, in <module>
    require_version('AppIndicator3', '0.1')
  File "/usr/lib64/python3.6/site-packages/gi/", line 130, in require_version
    raise ValueError('Namespace %s not available' % namespace)
ValueError: Namespace AppIndicator3 not available
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answered 2018-03-27 15:32:06 -0500

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updated 2018-03-27 15:53:32 -0500

I have to answer my own question - in order to provide the most obvious and hopefully useful solution.

After logout and back in: the indicator-sound-switcher appeared in the panel and could be used for a while - then with some glitches. But it works. - Therefore, I can confirm that the installation method mentioned in the question works after all.

Only - as it seem made for Ubuntu, I would expect it to be buggy in Fedora and I would not recommend it after all, especially that I have found a very KDE specific alternative and a very obvious one - a KDE widget: Audio Device Switcher.

[Cannot upload images given my newbieness at the date I am posting this - I guess I'll update this when I get my 60 points:)] I will use pasteboard.

This widget can be installed by adding widgets - selecting to download them, and searching "audio": see image.

It doesn't look well on the panel (see image), but is great on the desktop, especially with the option "Show icons only" and resized to minimum. See image.

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answered 2018-03-27 14:27:27 -0500

florian gravatar image

I use this extension to switch audio to HMDI and back to analog out.

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A Gnome extension: good-to-know for the Fedora-Gnome scenario, but I am in KDE.

cip_fedora gravatar imagecip_fedora ( 2018-03-27 15:57:17 -0500 )edit

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