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How to Customize the Options in Mumble (Basic)

Updated on March 28, 2012


Previously I went over how to set up your own, home grown, Mumble server. Mumble is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) chat system that allows you to speak to your friends, colleagues or friends over a high efficient, low latency chat system. Today I am going to be going over how you can customize the client to fit your needs.

To start off, you will first need to install mumble if you haven’t already. (If you haven’t you can click here to walk through how to install it now.) After you have it installed, lets take a look at the settings window. This is located under Configure > Settings. In here you have a few options I will go over and explore in this guide. In this window we have Audio Input, User Interface, Shortcuts, Network, and Overlay.

Audio Input
Audio Input

Audio Input

When you open the settings window Audio input will be open for you to look at. In this window there are 2 options that are available. Transmission type and Compression.

  • Transmission has three options that are available: Continuous, Voice Activity, and Push to Talk. Mine is currently set up for Push to Talk. As I don’t normally use a headset, and there can be issues with infinite sound loops on Voice activity. (Sound Loop: Where the mic will pick up the speakers and feed it through. Making a screeching noise.)
  • Compression is the quality of the audio that is going out of your computer. The default is set to 40kb/s, I like to leave this as a default, as some servers automatically throttle you down to not take as much bandwidth. It could even cause rejection trying to get into a server with anything higher.

User Interface

This is where the customization of the client comes into play. You can change the way the whole client is laid out in this window. The sections of this window includes: Layout, Look and Feel, Application, Tray Icon, and Channel Tree.

  • Layout has a few options for designing how the client should be laid out. I like to have it on the classic setting. Mess around with these settings until you find which layout works best for you.
  • Look and Feel is where you can apply a skin for mumble. I have not found any skins that are worth looking into, but some websites are: (Mumble Tower)(Midnight Gaming) These skins work for the 1.2.x client. You can also change the language of the client in this location.
  • Application is where you can change if the application is always on top of other windows all the time, in minimal view or in normal view. There is also an option to have mumble ask if you would really want to quit while you are connected to a server.
  • Tray Icon is a handy feature that I like to enable, it makes it so that when mumble is minimised it will put it down in the tray by the system clock.
  • Channel Tree a feature for being the admin and trying to move channels. Mumble can either ask you if you want to move the channel, do nothing or not ask. I also like to show the channel count.

User Interface Options
User Interface Options


Is a window for setting up multiple commands all dealing with chatting, muting, or dealing with the overlay.

Network Options
Network Options
Shortcut Options
Shortcut Options
Overlay options
Overlay options


Deals with connections with the servers and updating the client automatically. I like to have all the settings checked in this window. Some people may not like to have the “Reconnect to last server on startup” checked. But for novices this is a good option, if they are not going to mess around with mumble.


This is my favorite section, the Overlay. This is where you can change where and how the overlay displays in your game. You can save and load the overlay options. Show FPS in game, and move the overlay in the window provided by clicking and dragging the red dot where ever you would like the names to show. If you right click the name boxes, there are a few options to choose. If you go to Filter > and select only when talking and uncheck always show yourself. This will make it so when a person is talking, it shows them, otherwise they disappear.

There are also options to make more columns of people, and an option to edit how it looks. Mess around with these settings until you find an acceptable setting.


I hope this guide was helpful for you. If you need any additional help, please let me know either by comment or email through hubPages.

See my other guides on mumble:
Setting up your own mumble server for windows 7
Setting up the Mumble client
Choosing a good place to host your mumble server commercially

The Advance Version of this guide


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