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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 audacious package. For audio CD support, install libcdio.

Note: Some plugins may fail to load unless all optional dependencies of the audacious-plugins package are satisfied.



Audacious currently provides three interfaces:


GTK 2 is the default interface in Audacious 2.4 and above.


For the Qt5 interface install the audacious-qt5AUR package and audacious-plugins-qt5AUR. To support both Qt5 and GTK and switch between interfaces, remove --disable-gtk from the PKGBUILDs of both packages.


To add classic Winamp skins to Audacious, just copy them to either ~/.local/share/audacious/Skins/ (user only) or /usr/share/audacious/Skins/ (system wide), then select them from the Skinned Interface tab in Preferences. Alternatively drag 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 package, and also install the sound font files, both freepats-general-midi and soundfont-fluid. No further configuration is required on the fluidsynth package, but for additional functionality check the FluidSynth instructions.

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 /usr/share/soundfonts/.

Tips and tricks


Audacious is shipped with a powerful management tool called Audtool which could be used to retrieve information or to control the player.

For example, to retrieve the current song's title or artist, issue the following commands:

$ audtool current-song
$ audtool current-song-tuple-data artist

There are also functions to control playback, manipulate the playlist, equalizer and main window. See audtool --help for the whole list of options.


Audacious starts instead of file manager

See File manager functionality#Directories are not opened in the file manager.

MP3 problems

Install mpg123.

See also