Installed rhythmbox and rhythmbox-plugins but there is no org.Rhythmbox in the list of available dbus services. To view the list I use:

dbus-send --system            \
  --dest=org.freedesktop.DBus \
  --type=method_call          \
  --print-reply               \
  /org/freedesktop/DBus       \

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Rhythmbox needs the MPRIS plugin enabled (use the plugins window to enable the plugin)


Modern Rhythmbox versions (2.90.1 and later) exposes a session dbus entry called "org.gnome.Rhythmbox3" when Rhythmbox is actually running. To see this slightly alter your dbus command:

dbus-send --session --dest=org.freedesktop.DBus --type=method_call --print-reply /org/freedesktop/DBus org.freedesktop.DBus.ListNames

Alternatively just use the mpris interface as explained in this excellent Q&A.

If you use the application d-feet then this clearly displays the objects exposed by the mpris interface:


  • But i use Ubuntu with KDE. I think in dbus list i should see something like org.mpris.MediaPlayer.Rhythmbox. So the question is: How to activate dbus mpris service? Install latest version of DBus?
    – r_spb
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 11:16
  • you shouldnt need to install a newer dbus - I dont use KDE but I understand mpris should be exposed - check using d-feet as explained in the edit. Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 11:26

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