Install ‘DeaDBeeF’ (music player) 0.5.6 on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 & 11.10

‘DeaDBeeF’ is a powerful and intuitive music player for GNU/Linux. It comes with this simple looking user interface, yet has a lot of configuration options & plugins, plays a huge number of audio formats … if you haven’t already, then you should try it :).

The UI supports rendering through either GTK2 or GTK3, has a beautiful built-in equalizer, pretty lightweight when comparing with others such as ‘Rhythmbox’ (default music manager in Ubuntu), supports playing online audio streams, search and find track easily, edit audio tags etc.

You might guess it from the below screenshot that it is not exactly designed to be a music manager that can handle large audio collections easily. That said, you can search or sort tracks, has a tabbed interface (adding new playlists, online streams etc), add/remove fields that show various information about the audio tracks (bottom tab also displays additional details) …


… import folders/files/audio-cds/URLs and as mentioned in the beginning, you can heavily tweak ‘DeaDBeeF’ by using the ‘Preferences’ window as well.


The latest version is 0.5.6 and it has a PPA and thus, installing it on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 LTS & 11.10 is pretty simple. For that, open your Terminal and enter the below commands.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:starws-box/deadbeef-player

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install deadbeef

Then search for it in the ‘Dash’ for opening it. However, please remember that, although there is an option that sends it to the system tray once closed (disabled by default), it didn’t work in Ubuntu 12.10.

‘DeaDBeeF’ also holds up-to-date packages for few other GNU/Linux distributions (Fedora, Puppy & Slackware). For downloading those packages, please go to this page. For a few additional plugins, please refer to this page. Good luck.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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