The aim of this project is to let you use Microsoft powered Bing Speech Recognition API to control your Linux computer. The project is developed in Python3. For note, this is a fork of project google2ubuntu.

The mother project, google2ubuntu, is a tool that Franquet Benoit started 2 years ago, written in Python2. Unfortunately, he was not able to do what he wanted because of a lack of time. Perhaps, he used Google Web Speech API which isn't free anymore.

So I am moving the project to the next level using Microsoft powered Bing Speech Recognition API by renaming it to Mama.

Why is it renamed Mama?

In Bangladesh, the term Mama is similar to maternal uncle. But now-a-days, it has become a common calling name of people, known/unknown. Actually we call someone mama with love. That's the matter!

The project consists in 2 principal Python3 scripts:

The first one lets you send commands to Microsoft and then execute some actions. The second one lets you manage all the commands with a nice GUI, powered by PyGtk3.



For the moment, dependencies are:

If you are using Ubuntu/Debian, type this to install all dependencies:

sudo apt-get install python3 python3-gi python3-xmltodict python3-pyaudio libnotify-dev acpi xdotool gksu unzip

Now we will install the main things.

wget ""

cd mama
sudo python3

That's all. Now you should get the success message.

Note: Mama should run like a king on every Linux distribution. Just install the above dependencies with relevant command.


Main programs

Once you have installed Mama, you can attribute a shortcut to those two of Python scripts:

python3 /usr/share/mama/
python3 /usr/share/mama/

Moreover, if you search in the application's menu you will find two launchers, one for each of those programs.

After that, you can launch in order to manage all commands. Mama-manager

As you can see, Mama comes with several default commands. I will explain you how to manage and add commands.

Basic configs

Then you can configure Mama by clicking on the Setup button, that will open a window setup

In this window you can:

  1. Set you locale, the language in which the speaker will talk.
  2. Set audio chunk
  3. Set number of channels
  4. Set sampling sate
  5. Set recording time
  6. Set Microsoft Azure Client ID, please visit: for your client ID. It is required.
  7. Set Microsoft Bing Speech API Key, please visit for our API key. It is required.

For the last two parameters, please visit our wiki for details.

Manage commands

Commands' storage

By default, Mama comes with several commands stored in a default xml file:


For the moment, there is a default file for French, English, Spanish, Deutch and Italian users, if your language is not currently supported the default voice will be English.

At the first, launch, a module folder is created in:


The first time you add, modify or remove a command, your commands' configuration will be also stored in this folder in the file:


Commands' description

A command is a pair of key and action. Each key referes to an action. Many key can leads to the same action. To define a command, you do not need to make explicitaly all the word you will tell, I mean, if I want to create the command:

key: open my documents
action: xdg-open ~/Documents

The word my is not usefull so, I will put:

key: open documents
action: xdg-open ~/Documents

Don't care about capital letter, because the program automatically put the text in lowercase.

I've implemented different types of command:

External commands

External commands are basically commands that you can run in your terminal:

exo-open --launch MailReader

If you want to add an external command, just click on the "Add" button. Then find the newline and replace "your key" by the key you want to associate to the command and replace "your command" by the action.

Internal commands

What are they ?

Internal commands are commands that I've implemented in Mama, for the moment there is 3 internal commands:

Name Function
time Tell the current time
power Tell the battery state
clipboard Read the text selected by the cursor

If you want to add an internal command, open the little menu near the "Add" button and select "internal". Then replace "your key" by the "key" you will pronounce to call this command and replace "word" by one of those 5 actions' name.


In order to extend Mama very easily I've implemented a system of modules that let developers add their own scripts in Mama. Besides, all modules will receive the text that you pronounce in parameter

Module's description

A module is basically, an executable file that will receive some text in argument. each module embed its configuration in your configuration file. Two fields are recorded for each module:

google who is barack obama

So, the google module will be call with who is barack obama in parameter.

How to add a module

If you want to add a script, the gui will help you to create one and will place the module in :


You can add a module by opening the menu near to the "Add" button then selecting the executable files of the module. Yu can also simply drag&drop this executable on the treeview and the module will be automatically added. When you add a new module you don't have to modify the action field in the newline. You just have to modify the key field in the gui.

Already available

Mama already comes with 6 modules:

your sentence = go to
linker = to

Then if you say "go to", a new web page is going to be open with

Note for the user

Perhaps, you will have to modify the linker field of those module by selecting the module and clicking on the edit button

Go Linux automation

Once you have personalized and take care about the commands already included in Mama, you can launch the recognition by launching

A little sound is played and a notification tell you to speak. Then the notification show the result and the action associated to the text you have pronounced is played.