PipeWire  0.3.58
PipeWire Module: Loopback

The loopback module passes the output of a capture stream unmodified to a playback stream.

It can be used to construct a link between a source and sink but also to create new virtual sinks or sources or to remap channel between streams.

Because both ends of the loopback are built with streams, the session manager can manage the configuration and connection with the sinks and sources.

Module Options

  • node.description: a human readable name for the loopback streams
  • capture.props = {}: properties to be passed to the input stream
  • playback.props = {}: properties to be passed to the output stream

General options

Options with well-known behavior. Most options can be added to the global configuration or the individual streams:

Stream only properties:

  • PW_KEY_NODE_NAME: if not given per stream, the global node.name will be prefixed with 'input.' and 'output.' to generate a capture and playback stream node.name respectively.

Example configuration of a virtual sink

This Virtual sink routes stereo input to the rear channels of a 7.1 sink.

context.modules = [
{ name = libpipewire-module-loopback
args = {
node.description = "CM106 Stereo Pair 2"
capture.props = {
node.name = "CM106_stereo_pair_2"
media.class = "Audio/Sink"
audio.position = [ FL FR ]
playback.props = {
node.name = "playback.CM106_stereo_pair_2"
audio.position = [ RL RR ]
target.object = "alsa_output.usb-0d8c_USB_Sound_Device-00.analog-surround-71"
node.dont-reconnect = true
stream.dont-remix = true
node.passive = true

See also

pw-loopback : a tool that loads the loopback module with given parameters.