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,
- Scrobbler plugin, OSD, EvDev, status icon, alarm,
- Streaming support
Audacious 2.2.0 is available from official repository. To install it, use Pacman:
pacman -Sy 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-tuple-data artist
There are also functions to control playback, to manipulate playlist, equalizer and main window. For the whole option list see
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
Audacious supports Winamp classic skins, so you can use any of them with Audacious. Launch Audacious with:
audacious2 -i skinned
Adding Winamp skins to Audacious is very simple. Just copy your skin (*.wsz 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.
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.