Audacious is a free and advanced audio player based on GTK+. It's focused on audio quality and supports a wide variety of audio codecs, and is easily extensible through third-party plugins.
Install the package. If you want audio CD support, install .
Audacious currently provides three interfaces:
- Winamp classic interface
- GTK+ interface
- Qt5 interface.
For Qt5 interface, install
--disable-gtk option in PKGBUILD of both audacious-qt5 and AUR. One may switch between interfaces in Audacious settings.
Adding Winamp skins
Adding Winamp skins to Audacious is very simple. Just copy your skin file (.zip, .wsz, .tgz, .tar.gz, or .tar.bz2 file) to either
~/.local/share/audacious/Skins (affect your user only) or
/usr/share/audacious/Skins (affects every user), and then you can browse and select it from Skinned Interface tab in Preferences. Another way is dragging the skin file directly into the list view of available skins.
AMIDI-Plug (MIDI Player)
To play MIDI and RMI files, it is required to install the FluidSynth instructions.package, and also install the sound font files, both and . No further configuration is required on the fluidsynth package, but for additional functionality check the
Afterwards, the plugin will be enabled, and in the plugin configuration panel (File, Settings ..., Plugins pane, Input tab, select AMIDI-Plug (MIDI Player)) add the installed sound font files one at a time (Extension
.sf2) to the SoundFont dialog, they are located at
Tips and tricks
Audacious is shipped with a powerful management tool called Audtool. Audtool could be used to retrieve information or to control the player.
For example, to retrieve current song title or artist, issue the following command:
$ audtool current-song $ audtool current-song-tuple-data artist
There are also functions to control playback, manipulate the playlist, equalizer and main window. For the whole option list, see:
$ audtool --help