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Amarok is a music player and organizer for Linux with an intuitive interface. Version 1.4 is the most recent one released for KDE3 (although does run under KDE4 and Gnome as explained below). With KDE4 came Amarok 2.x. However, you might still be interested in running this obsolete (until forked) version, because the developers have not yet and/or do not want to port all the 1.4 features to 2.0, they see it as an entirely different program.[1]

On the other hand, if you have never used Amarok 1.4 before, you may find Amarok 2.x sufficient.


  • Playback for several audio formats (mp3, flac, ogg, aac, ...)
  • Advanced collection management (filters, hierarchies)
  • Tabular playlist display with user-selectable columns, column order and sort column.
  • Efficient clear user interface.
  • An excellent Cover Manager that fetches album art (from amazon.com - or when patched like the AUR version from last.fm), including query editor
  • Smart and dynamic playlists
  • On-screen display with user-configurable track information
  • Lyrics and Wikipedia (artist, song, album) look-up
  • Media Device (iPod etc) support (2-way music transfer, syncing, cleaning, configurable mount/eject)
  • Support for MySQL, PostgreSQL and Sqlite databases
  • Last.fm streams with personal account/neighbor/custom/global tags
  • Shoutcast internet radio directory and streaming
  • General streaming capabilities (Radio Streams, Podcasts)
  • A Magnatune store
  • Tray icon control with play/pause/next [close the main window without killing Amarok ;)]
  • Small separate player window
  • Mass tagging features
  • Fill in tags from MusicBrainz
  • Visualization support
  • Different playback modes (random track/album, repeat track/album/playlist)
  • Equalizer with presets and custom settings
  • Audio CD playing and burning support
  • Music statistics, rankings, scores, and Mood system
  • Community-contributed scripts manager (Transcoding, alternative scripts, etc.)



Build and install amarok1 from the AUR.


Integration with KDE4

Note: You can make the colors precisely match your KDE4 color scheme by obtaining the three RGB values from the color selection dialogs in System Settings > General > Appearance > Colors > Colors

In KDE4, you can set up the colors and fonts for KDE3 applications (such as Amarok 1.4 and Kaffeine <1.0) without kcontrol by editing the file ~/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals.

For example:

fixed=Courier New,8,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0


Oxygen icons to make Amarok version 1.4 fit better with KDE4 can be found at kde-look.org.

Also set the colours and fonts in

Settings > Configure Amarok > Appearance


Settings > Configure Amarok > OSD.

Integration with Gnome

See here for visual integration of the main GUI. There are also various plugins that allow Amarok to use libnotify instead of its own OSD, for example: LibnotifymaroK


Scripts can be found either directly from within Amarok (Tools/Scripts/Get new scripts) or from kde-apps.org in the Multimedia/Amarok Scripts section, or by using the kde-apps.org search function and selecting Amarok Script as the type.


If you want to convert between audio formats from within Amarok, install transKode from the AUR.

Collection database

Amarok 1.4 can use sqlite (default), mysql or postgresql to store the collection database. Users with large collections and more demanding performance requirements might prefer one of the latter two options.


For basic MySQL configuration refer to the MySQL page.

When using Amarok with MySQL you need to create a MySQL user that can access the database. To do use, enter the following:

# mysql -p -u root
# USE amarok;
# GRANT ALL ON amarok.* TO amarok@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'AMAROK_PASSWORD';
# quit

This creates a database called 'amarok' and a user of the same name with the password "AMAROK_PASSWORD" who can access said database from localhost. If you want to connect to your database computer from a different computer, change the line to


To configure amarok to use MySQL, enter the Configure Amarok screen, choose Collection and change the database type to MySQL. Enter the host name (usually "localhost" if on your local box, else the name of the remote box), the username ("amarok" in this example) and your chosen password. Don't forget to select the path to your music collection. Exit with OK and update your database.


Amarok version 1.4 can utilise a PostgreSQL database for the music collection. This feature is absent in version 2.x and unfortunately it is not intended to reintroduce it.

See PostgreSQL. Install postgresql, and then set up a user and database for amarok.

If there is no existing collection then simply set the hostname, database, user and password in the Amarok settings, and then scan the music files to build the database.

To migrate an existing sqlite database to postgresql:

  • backup your collection.db
  • switch to PostgreSQL and rebuild your collection
  • quit amarok
  • get your statistics back with the following commands:
cd ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok && \
sqlite3 collection.db .dump | grep 'INSERT INTO "statistics"' |\
sed -e 's/,0)/,FALSE)/' -e 's/,1)/,TRUE)/' |\
psql -U <amarok-user> <amarok-db>

Of course, replace <amarok-user> and <amarok-db> accordingly. We need sed because otherwise psql complains we're trying to insert an integer into a boolean field.


For reasons which have not been adequately explained, Amarok developers have removed the Shoutcast internet radio features from version 2.1.90 onwards.

Amarok version 1.4 as well as VLC continue to support the Shoutcast internet radio station index and streaming as before. The index is at

Playlists > Radio Streams > Shoutcast Streams