How to Install Audacious 3.8 Stable in Ubuntu 16.04

September 26, 2016 — Leave a comment

Audacious music player

The Audacious audio player has reached the 3.8 stable release recently. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 via PPA.

The 3.8 release features the ability to run multiple instances of Audacious. Instances are numbered and can be started with audacious -2, audacious -3, and so on; once running, they can be controlled with audtool -2 , audtool -3 , and so on. Each instance remembers its own configuration.

Audacious 3.8 also brings new audtool commands, improvements for Windows support and Cuesheet support, features port to Qt interface, and various bug fixes.

  • support adding remote folders (ftp, mtp, etc.)
  • drag & drop from search tool into playlists.
  • Option to display MMM:SS instead of H:MM:SS
  • Audio effects and equalization can optionally be applied to a stream recording
  • Album artist support for FLAC and Vorbis files (read-write)
  • Support for the startup notification protocol
Audacious 3.8  multiple instances

Audacious 3.8 multiple instances

Install Audacious 3.8 in Ubuntu:

The webupd8team has been maintaining the Audacious packages via PPA for very long time. I’d recommend you to use this PPA though the 3.8 release is not available at the moment, check out the PPA page.

Once it’s available, run the below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

Then upgrade Audacious via Software Updater.

While Audacious 3.8 is not available in any PPA at the moment, I’ve uploaded my personal build into PPA, available for Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint:

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.


2. Then launch Software Updater, and do “partial upgrade” since the 3.8 release uses the new library versions.

Or just run command to install or upgrade Audacious player:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install audacious

3. (Optional) Uninstall Audacious 3.8 from the PPA and downgrade to the stock version in Ubuntu 16.04, run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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