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10 Best Music Players for Linux

10 Best Music Players for Linux

While many of us rely on music streaming services, some users prefer to use a good old music player on their Linux system.

Of course, you already get a music player program preinstalled with every Linux distribution.

However, depending on your requirements, you can try various music players that provide you with more features or a better user experience.

You can save time organizing your collections, sorting out the best playlists, and other things.

So, to save you the trouble, I highlight the best music player apps for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

1. Amberol

Looking for something to simply play music without any fancy features?

Amberol is your best bet. It provides an ultra-intuitive user interface and offers basic music controls for shuffling, creating a playlist, navigating through a song, and more.

A small and simple sound and music player well integrated with GNOME.

Amberol strives to be as small, unobtrusive and simple as possible. It does not manage your music collection; it doesn’t let you manage playlists, smart or otherwise; it does not allow you to edit the metadata of your songs; it doesn’t show you the lyrics to your songs or the Wikipedia page for your bands.

Amberol plays music and nothing else.


2. Elisa

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Elisa is a fantastic music player developed by KDE. It is primarily intended for KDE-based distributions, but should work fine on other Linux distributions as well. I tried this with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS GNOME.

Elisa may be the perfect candidate for you if you need a fast, beautiful and feature rich music player. This gives you some control over the layout, allowing you to access all available options or switch to immersive mode to focus on your music playback.

It is available for Linux, BSD derivatives, and Windows. For Linux, you can find it in the official repositories of the main distributions and install it via the terminal.

Alternatively, you can find it in the software center of the respective distributions.


3. Rhythmbox

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Rythmbox is a popular music player given that it comes pre-installed on many Linux distributions, including Ubuntu.

It is a simple multifunctional player with which you can access internet radio, manage your music library and stream music services such as and Magnatune.

Moreover, you can extend its capabilities with plugins.

The best way to install it is to use Flathub’s Flatpak package, which can also be found in the software center.


4. Sayonara Player

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Sayonara Player is an underrated option if you’re looking for a highly customizable and lightweight performance-focused music player.

Although the user interface is simple, it supports multiple libraries, album browsing, catalog browsing, genre organization, dynamic playback, equalizer, lyrics, internet streaming, podcasts and more.

You can install it using the official PPA, AppImage file, Snap package, or explore other options on the download page.

Sayonara Player

5. Strawberry Music Player

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Strawberry Music Player is a fork of Clementine (which was a popular music player but hasn’t released new releases since 2016).

It supports various music file formats and makes it easy to organize and manage playlists. You can also edit tags in audio files and get support for album art.

In addition, it offers an audio analyzer and an equalizer.

It is available for Linux, Windows and macOS. For Linux, you can use its official PPA or grab the deb package from the GitHub releases section.

Strawberry Music Player

6. DeaDBeef Player

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DeaDBeef Player is one of the oldest options and is still actively maintained for multiple platforms including Linux, Windows, and macOS.

You can edit music tags, read all details, play all file types and install additional plugins to improve your experience. It also lets you split albums into tracks and helps manage multiple playlists.

Interestingly, you can also use it to transcode files to other formats.

For Ubuntu, you can download the deb package from the official website and install it. If you have Arch Linux or any other distribution, check out the available packages on its website.

DeaDBeef Player

7. cmus (Terminal Music Player)

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Don’t worry if you don’t want to leave the terminal for anything else, cmus is an option.

It provides you with all the basic features right from the command line. You will need to find the correct directory and set it up in order to start using the music player.

It can be difficult for new users. So, you’ll have to explore its built-in manual and refer to our dedicated cmus music player article to learn how to add a playlist, manage tracks, etc. It’s available in the official repositories, so you can find it in the software center or install via terminal on Ubuntu.


8. VLC Media Player

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VLC Media Player is one of the most popular options for any platform, including Linux.

You know what he’s doing if you’re already a fan. It supports many file formats and has great features like transcoding. Unlike other options, this is not just a music player, but also supports video, DVD, and some streaming protocols. It’s primarily a video player, but it can also handle music files quite well.

VLC provides packages for almost every popular Linux distribution, including Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Arch, and Fedora. You can find the packages on the official download page.

Also, you can easily install the VLC media player from the terminal.

VLC Media Player

9. Museeks

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Museeks is a cross-platform music player with a clean user interface. It supports major file formats and helps you manage playlists, queues, loops, album art, and more.

It supports dark mode theme along with playback speed controls.

Also, it supports .m3u import/export. You can find Linux packages (deb/rpm/AppImage) in the releases section on GitHub.


10. Audacious

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Audacious is another music player that has been around for over a decade and is available for Linux and Windows.

It uses Qt to offer a responsive user interface without affecting much of your system resources. Interestingly, you can also equip some Winamp Classic skins. Either way, the user experience is pretty simple.

Audacious supports several plugins for lyrics, volume meter and more. You can install it directly through the official repositories via the terminal, or you can find it in the software center.



Music players aren’t going anywhere even if we switch to streaming apps.

Unfortunately, some native Linux applications such as Mellow Player, Nuvola, and Nuclear that allowed access to streaming services are no longer supported. So, if you are thinking about accessing Spotify/SoundCloud on Linux, you should look for any of the available official/unofficial clients.

Music players are perfect for users who want to play with their local collection, organize playlists and customize their own desktop while protecting their privacy!

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