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Streaming to Icecast with roard and RoarAudio PlayList? Daemon (rpld)

This tutorial is to tell you how to setup roard and RoarAudio PlayList? Daemon to stream to a Icecast server. This does not cover installint Icecast itself nor using a diffrent RoarAudio server than roard.

Introduction and Concept

As you may already have noticed the name of RoarAudio PlayList? Daemon (later rpld) contains the word PlayList?. This name is chosen for a simple reason: In fact rpld is not audio player or something like that. It's a playlist manager build on top of the RoarAudio sound system. It does:

  • Handle playlists
  • Push data from files or streams in playlist to the sound server
  • It controls playback by passing control information between clients and sound server

It does not:

  • Play back anything itself
  • Decode or encode audio

However because clients never be in contact with the sound server this may sometimes look a bit like rpld be a full audio player.

As rpld does not handle audio itself setup for streaming is done on roard's end. It is configured to have a so called 'output' to icecast and encoding as Ogg Vorbis.


Before we can start you need to install the following software:

  • roard from RoarAudio Package
  • rpld
  • vclt-tools

If your operating system ships them we suggest you to use those versions and not compile your own binary.

Installing on Debian

Just type as root:

# apt-get install roaraudio roarplaylistd vclt-tools

Installing from source

Note: This is a very brief description and may or may not be extended later.

First go to and download the packages listed above.

Before you continue you should install the following stuff, too:

  • Essential packages for compiling (compiler, linker, make, system headers,...)
  • libvorbis
  • libshout
  • libuuid (from e2fsprogs)
  • vorbis-tools

Don't forget to install the -dev or -devel packages. Some more libraries are listed in the READMEs for the packages.

For all the packages the building is done like:

$ tar -xvzf package.tar.gz $ cd package $ ./configure $ make # make install

Setting up roard

Setting up rpld