Volume control for window managers

Volume Icon DEs like GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE/QT come with their own volume control utilities. But WMs like icewm, openbox, fluxbox don’t have them. I usually install Volume Icon for my needs.

Now I’m a new user of opensuse. I’ve just finished installing tumbleweed via net-install with icewm. I searched the repos for **volumeicon **but it is not there. So I went to Archwiki and there is a big list of volume control utilities there,

But sadly none of them seem to be available in the repo.
I want something lightweight without complicated dependencies that can sit in the system tray.

It’ll be great if someone can point me to an such app in the repo.
And if by chance a packager from the opensuse is here, please package at-least couple of volume control utilities for the window manager users.


Hi and welcome to the Forum :slight_smile:
Assuming you searched here: https://software.opensuse.org/package/volumeicon

Need to open the ‘experimental’ repos and pick a development repo…


@malcolmlewis Thanks my friend.

I didn’t search there. I just searched using zypper. Is it safe to enable this LXDE repo? I mean will the packages conflict with those from the official tumbleweed repos? And according to the wiki you have to do this while adding Packman repo,

sudo zypper ar -cfp 90 https://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ packman


sudo zypper dup --from packman --allow-vendor-change

So will I have to do the same procedure with the LXDE repo that contains the package I want?

I’m new to openSUSE so please bear with my noob questions.

I would suggest adding the repo and accept the key, install the package (no vendor change required as it’s not present in Tumbleweed) and then disable the repo for testing to see if it works, then keep an eye out from updates and just re-enable and install as required. yes a bit more management, but if all working can always request the maintainers push to Tumbleweed.

Great! Thanks again for the help and precise instructions Malcolm :slight_smile:

Wishing you a great day/night ahead.

If you want to avoid potential issues, you can always just get the source and manually install it. The dependencies are really light, and the source is simple enough that there shouldn’t be any issues.

Honestly I would avoid using it all together, it looks like an abandoned project, the last commit was like 5 years ago, and there are still 11 open issues. I’m not surprised its not in the official repo.

Most WM users will just hotkey volume control, and config their status bar to show current volume, this imho is the best solution as you are satisfying your needs without any external dependencies. If you are using a WM you likely want a more minimal setup anyway, imho there really is no reason to click on the status bar.