How to Install Foobar2000 via Snap in Ubuntu 16.04/Higher

February 5, 2018

Foobar2000, the popular music player for Windows platform, now can be easily installed in Ubuntu via snap, the universal Linux app packaging format.

This is a Wine based snap package maintained by an open-source project. With it, you can simply install it either via Ubuntu Software or by running a single command.

1. For Ubuntu 16.04 users never installed a snap package, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install snapd:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

2. Then install foobar2000 via command:

snap install foobar2000 --classic

--classic flag is required to be able to access files outside the installation directory.

3. To make it work, you still need to run following 3 commands one by one:

sudo snap connect foobar2000:hardware-observe core:hardware-observe

sudo snap connect foobar2000:process-control core:process-control

sudo snap connect foobar2000:cups-control core:cups-control

Finally launch the music player from application launcher (may need re-login) and enjoy, though the UI is kinda age-old.


To remove foobar2000 snap package, either use Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

snap remove foobar2000

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One response to How to Install Foobar2000 via Snap in Ubuntu 16.04/Higher

  1. Hello,

    Thank you, this was very useful. Everything went just fine, except that Foobar cannot see my iPod Classic (yes, I have the component installed). It just keeps on saying ‘iPod not found’. What could be the issue?