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Jamulus onboarding

Let’s have a look at what you should do after having installed the software.

First start

Before you start Jamulus:

  1. For now, close all other applications. It’s best to start from zero at first.
  2. Connect everything (Ethernet cable, audio gear, etc.)

… to minimise load on your computer and to ensure that no other application tries to use your sound card.

Setting up your audio

If you haven’t done this already, please do so by plugging in your hardware (if you need to), opening Jamulus’s settings and selecting your input/output devices.

You can also have a look at Hardware Setup for more information on what to do with your equipment.

Jamulus main window

When you open Jamulus, you will see a window which looks like this:

Jamulus main window

1. Setting up a profile

To let others know who you are, you should set up your profile. To do so, click on “View” (bar on the top) > “My Profile…” Now you will see this:

Musician Profile

Fill in at least “Alias/Name” to set your name and close the window.

2. Connecting to a server

Now you are set up, you can use the “Connect” button in the Jamulus main window to join a server. A window will now open:

Connection Setup

This window shows servers grouped by genre. To select another genre, select one from the list in the top left. After having selected a genre and server, join a server by clicking on “Connect”. If you have problems here, they are most likely due to wrongly configured audio gear or network issues. Have a look at the Troubleshooting page.

The first Jam

Congrats! You can now start jamming with Jamulus. The sliders you see on the right are your own personal mix. Everything you change here will change what you hear, but won’t affect others. If you move a slider down, that user will be quieter, if you move it up, that user will be louder for you.

Jamulus main mixer connected

If you don’t want others to hear your audio, click on “Mute Myself” (left to your personal mix) which will stop your audio from being sent to other musicians.

While we’re already here: “Settings” opens – of course – the settings window with all the audio settings which you probably want to change for your needs.

More information about using Jamulus can be found in the Software Manual.


Of course, you can do a lot more with Jamulus (like setting up a private server, doing online concerts,…). Have a look at the navigation on this website. Furthermore, the community publishes guides, tips, tricks in the knowledge base.

Help and Community

If you need help or want to contribute to the Jamulus Project, you can have a look at the following links:

Discussion Forums

For help, chat, and general discussions about Jamulus: Have a look at the forums on GitHub.

Development and contribution

If you want to contribute to the Jamulus Software, have a look at the Jamulus GitHub repository and read the CONTRIBUTING.md file there.

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