Install HipHop to Listen to Free Music in Ubuntu 14.04

June 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

hiphop free music for Ubuntu

You know HipHop? It is an application lets you listen instantly to more than 45 million songs. No ads and totally free!

HipHop works on Windows, Mac and Linux (64-bit only). This simple tutorial will show you how to install it in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit. Should also works on other Ubuntu releases.

Listen to free music in Ubuntu 14.04 via HipHop

There will be a few Linux commands in the below steps. Don’t be scared, just copy and paste them one by one in a terminal window (open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T) and hit Enter to run.

1. Install required library via command:

sudo apt-get install libudev1 nodejs

Type in your user password when it asks. Just type in mind and hit enter because terminal displays nothing when you typing a password.

2. Create a symbolic link so that the app will find the library:

sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/

3. Download HipHop from:

HipHop on Github

So far the package is HipHop-0.4.6.tgz

4. In terminal, run command to decompress the package to /opt/ directory for global use.

cd /opt/ && sudo tar -xvzf ~/Downloads/HipHop-*.tgz

After this command, run ls and you should see HipHop folder in the list.

5. Make the app executable:

cd /opt/HipHop/ && sudo chmod +x HipHop

6. You can now launch the app via:



If everything is OK, let’s go create a launcher for HipHop so that you can start it from Unity Dash or Launcher.

1. First download an icon for the app. Below command will download the logo at the top of this post.

cd ~/Downloads/ && wget

2. Move the icon into the system’s icons folder (/usr/share/icons):

sudo mv ~/Downloads/hiphop-icon.png /usr/share/icons/hiphop.png

3. Ubuntu handles app launchers via .desktop files under /usr/share/applications/. We have to create one manually via:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/hiphop.desktop

When the file opens, copy and paste below into it.

[Desktop Entry]


Save the file and now you can search and open HipHop from Unity Dash.


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One response to Install HipHop to Listen to Free Music in Ubuntu 14.04

  1. or you can install it with one command. Check this out! :D

    It’s an script that makes more or less the same stuff you did. Automated. ^_^

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