LightWeight Cross-Platform Audio Player – Esperanza

I don’t think anyone would need an introduction to Xmms. But if you don’t know what that is then in simple terms, many years ago when the Winamp was a big hit, Xmms was the Win-Amp alternative to GNU/Linux users. It was an exact replica and even supports loading Wind-Amp skins/equalizers as well.

These days though not that many use Xmms but for those who do, then “Esperanza” is an audio player that’s like the updated version of Xmms (it’s actually based on Xmms).

Obviously this is not a replacement for Banshee or Rhythmbox, but for simply listening to couple of audio tracks and managing smaller audio albums with ease… well Esperanza is a fast loading, system resources friendly app that supports Windows and Mac OS X (apart from the native GNU/Linux support).


Main features…

*. Playback codecs include MP3, OGG, WAV, Musepack, WavPack, WMA and Speex.

*. As said, it has a simple UI and once you click on an audio file it’ll show additional information such as: Track name, Album name/arts, Year etc as shown below. However if you find this to be annoying, you can disable it too.


*. System Tray support (plus you can make it to run in the system area even after closing, which also can be disabled).

*. Add/Remove playlists.

*. Also has a wizard for adding a media folder when you run it for the first time.

*. View audio tag information.

*. Supports system notifications when starting playback.

*. Search.

*. A “mini” window mode.


*. A built in Equalizer.

*. support.


*. Change audio cache size and a few more tweaks can be done via its “Preferences” window.

It’s not under development these days it seems but then again there isn’t that much to develop since it has pretty much everything it needs.


If interested, you can install Esperanza in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by typing the below command your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install esperanza

Strangely though Ubuntu didn’t automatically install Xmms which is the “engine” used by Esperanza. But you can manually install it. For that use the below command.

sudo apt-get install xmms2

Well everything should work after that :).

For other OS platforms, please get it from this Esperanza hosting page.


But as said remember, this is a XMMS based simple audio player that won’t suit you if you’re looking for an advanced audio players like Banshee, but it serves ‘its purpose’ well :).

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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