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The _SNDPLAYFILE statement is used to play a sound file without generating a handle, automatically closing it after playback finishes.


_SNDPLAYFILE filename$[, ignored%][, volume!]


  • Supported file formats are WAV, OGG and MP3. See _SNDOPEN.
  • ignored% is an optional parameter , accepted for historical reasons.
    • In versions prior to build 20170811/60, ignored% identified if a sound was to be loaded with "SYNC" capabilities, (-1 for true, 0 for false). This is true for all sound files in the latest versions, making this parameter safe to be ignored.
  • volume! is a SINGLE value from 0 (silence) to 1 (full volume). If not used or outside this range, the sound will be played at full volume.
  • _SNDPLAYFILE never creates an error. If the sound cannot be played it takes no further action.
  • The sound is closed automatically after it finishes playing.
  • When a sound will be used often, open the file with _SNDOPEN and use _SNDPLAYCOPY to play the handle instead to reduce the burden on the computer.


Example: Playing a sound file at half volume.

_SNDPLAYFILE "dog.wav", , .5

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