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Audacious is an advanced fork of Beep Media Player. It is free, lightweight, based on GTK2 and is focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs. Audacious is extensible through third-party plugins.


  • Large amount of audio codecs supported (and even more with xmp plugin),
  • PulseAudio, ALSA, OSS, Crossfade output (also file and null),
  • WAV, Vorbis, Mp3, FLAC transcoding,
  • Sound effects,
  • Visualization,
  • Scrobbler plugin, OSD, EvDev, status icon, alarm,
  • Streaming support


Audacious 2.2.0 is available from official repository. To install it, use Pacman:

pacman -S audacious

You will probably want to install some plugins to expand Audacious features:

pacman -S audacious-plugins


Audacious is shipped with 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 you can use:

audtool2 current-song
audtool2 current-song-tuple-data artist

There are also functions to control playback, to manipulate playlist, equalizer and main window. For the whole option list see

audtool2 --help

GTK UI in Audacious 2

Audacious 2 has an option to use alternative UI's. To use new GTK user interface, launch audacious2 with

audacious2 -i gtkui

Standard UI skins

Running Winamp skins

Audacious supports Winamp classic skins, so you can use any of them with Audacious. Launch Audacious with:

audacious2 -i skinned

Adding Winamp skins

Adding Winamp skins to Audacious is very simple. Just copy your skin (.zip, .wsz, .tgz, .tar.gz, and .tar.bz2 file) to Template:Filename. Then you can browse and select it from Skinned Interface tab in Preferences.

There are some places where skins could be found:

Play Audio CD

pacman -S libcdio

After you install libcdio Audacious can play Audio CD via Main menu (right click) > Plugin Services > Add CD.


OSS Support

When you are using Open Sound System instead of ALSA, make sure that Audacious is set properly. Just select: Preferences-->Audio-->Current output plugin-->OSS Output Plugin.