The Tizonia Project

Tizonia is a free and open-source multimedia software project based on OpenMAX IL.

OpenMAX IL is an open standard maintained by the The Khronos Group that enables the creation and integration of software and hardware accelerated media streaming components like audio and video encoders and decoders, camera components, and media processing algorithms.

Tizonia provides a number of libraries that implement the various features and components of the OpenMAX IL API, including the OpenMAX IL Core, the OpenMAX IL plugin infrastructure, Resource Management and a number of plugin implementations (primarily audio and video software decoders, and media sources and renderers).

From a user-side perspective, the Tizonia project also features a command-line music player and audio streaming client/server for Linux with support for Spotify, Google Play Music, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Dirble on-demand streaming services.

Tizonia development is hosted on GitHub and software binary releases are available for Debian-based Linux distributions from Bintray. There are AUR (Arch User Repository) packages avaialable as well.

Current features

  • Simple, no-fuss command-line music player utility.
  • Audio streaming from cloud services:
    • Spotify Premium, Google Play Unlimited, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Dirble.
  • Audio playback from local media, with support for most common high-quality audio formats:
    • Formats currently supported: mp3, mp2, mpa, m2a, aac, vorbis, opus, wav, aiff, and flac.
  • Playback of Icecast/SHOUTcast radio streams:
    • mp3, aac, and opus stations supported.
  • Icecast/SHOUTcast LAN audio streaming server (experimental):
    • Currently: stations can be created from local mp3 media.
  • MPRIS v2 remote control interface with support for previous, next, pause, play, stop and volume commands.
  • Tizonia has its own internal multimedia framework.
    • A full implementation of the OpenMAX IL 1.2 provisional specification.
    • Therefore, with no depedencies on ffmpeg, libav, gstreamer or libvlc frameworks.


  • Chromecast support.
  • Integration of additional audio streaming services (e.g. Pandora, Deezer, etc.).
  • LAN streaming (Icecast/SHOUTcast) of any audio stream (including cloud services).
  • Multi-room synchronised playback (via Chromecast).
  • Hardware-acceleration and video support.