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I would like to use VLC to play an Internet radio stream without starting the GUI. Is that possible? I have explored the command line documentation for VLC a bit and I did not came to any solution.

So far I just invoke:

$ vlc <stream>

I am on Linux (Ubuntu 13.10).

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Which operating system is this on? It may help. – Marshall Conover Oct 24 '13 at 15:10
@MarshallConover You are absolutely right, just added it. – Mahoni Oct 24 '13 at 15:21
I don't know how VLC is packaged in Ubuntu, but you can try cvlc and nvlc. – FSMaxB Oct 25 '13 at 16:33
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For playing vlc in the command line without launching a ui, it looks like this page has what you need.

Specifically, I think you want this command:

vlc --intf dummy vcd://

This specifies a dummy interface that never acually launches anything. I can't test this because I am away from my linux box right now, but here's the full command I think you're looking for:

vlc --intf dummy <stream>
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At the VLC-documentation, there is a great chapter about that:

Just choose the type of stream which fits your type of stream and fill in the correct address and serverport.

Receiving a network stream

To receive an unicast UDP stream (sent by VLS or VLC's stream output), start VLC with:

% vlc -vvv udp:[@:server_port]

To receive an multicast UDP stream (sent by VLS or VLC's stream output), start VLC with:

% vlc -vvv udp:@multicast_address[:server_port]

To receive a HTTP stream, start VLC with :

% vlc -vvv

To receive a RTSP stream, start VLC with:

% vlc -vvv rtsp://
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