Global Hotkeys doesn’t have out-of-the-box support for global hotkeys, which I think are a requirement for any music player. So I created a simple tool that will let you control the for Windows app through global hotkeys.


  • Hotkeys for Skip, Love, Ban, Tag, Share and Add to playlist. Plus a buggy hotkey for Play/Stop, too 🙂
  • Define your own key combinations.
  • Minimize to system tray.
  • Supports autorun.
  • Portable. Settings will be saved in lastfm_hotkeys.ini in the program’s folder. If the .ini file is not found settings will be saved in the registry.
  • Screenshot.

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I’ve only tested the application with player on Windows XP. I have no idea whether it’ll work with other versions. Use at your own risk.

Known Issues

For some inexplicable reason the “Play/Stop” button in behaves differently than the other buttons when I try to click it programmaticaly. Sometimes it gets stuck in disabled (grayed out) mode. I wasted two days trying to figure it out and got nowhere, so I’ve decided to leave it unfixed for now.

<rant>The app uses the Qt framework which makes it very hard to control it externally. Things that look like buttons aren’t really buttons from the Windows API point of view, etc. Maybe an extension DLL would be a better solution, but I currently don’t feel like plodding through the source code to figure out how to make an extension. Maybe someday.</rant>

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24 Responses to “ Global Hotkeys”

  1. Seifer Leonheart says:

    Hey, just wanna add feedback

    Lastfm version

    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM 7600

    Works all right, all you have to remember is to not minimize last m window and you are good to go.

    My main problem with the little app is that it doesn’t work when I’m full screen gaming :/

    Therefore, it’s kinda useless to me…

    Ty anyway ^^

  2. Duncan says:

    Why cant I just make the hot key “left”. It auto adds ctrl and alt when I hit left. This is so I can use my MCE remote to skip and it only mimics certain keys.

  3. White Shadow says:

    Sorry, this application just doesn’t support single-key hotkeys.

  4. Shuunen says:

    Work Great on Win XP SP3 with 1.5.4 version of LastFM

    The play/pause don’t work but it’s not the most important,

    Thx great app !

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