I use VLC in command line mode on macOS and would like to set the volume from the command line as well. On a Linux system this can be achieved by using the option

--alsa-gain= float value

Note that


is deprecated. Does anyone know how to achieve volume control in macOS?

  • Was there any reference to the CLI documentation that referenced volume? Usually when something is deprecated, it tells you what supersedes it.
    – Allan
    Apr 2, 2020 at 12:42
  • I picked up on the volume option somewhere online. All VLC does when using volume is to display "Warning: option --volume no longer exists."
    – 220284
    Apr 2, 2020 at 12:44
  • Try the Official Documentation: wiki.videolan.org/Documentation:Command_line
    – Allan
    Apr 2, 2020 at 12:46

1 Answer 1


As mentioned above

--gain= float number

works, but beware that the float number has to be between 0 and 1 and not 0 and 8 as it is stated in the documentation linked above.

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