Cantata MPD Client 2.3.1 Released! (How to Install)

June 6, 2018 — Leave a comment

Qt5 graphical MPD client Cantata 2.3.1 was released earlier today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and/or Ubuntu 14.04.

Cantata 2.3.1 was released with a large number of changes. Here are some of them:

  • Set Smart rules ‘files added in the last days’ limit to 10*365
  • Fix enabling of add/replace play queue actions for Jamendo/Magnatune.
  • Use JSON to encode song details when adding online tracks.
  • Fix crash if try to expand dirble and --no-network passed to Cantata.
  • Remove custom icon theme, and just use FontAwesome.
  • Add to list of lyrics providers.
  • Some lyrics improvements.
  • Fix playback of downloaded podcasts.
  • Fix saving of podcast images to JPG.
  • Limit SoundCloud results to 200 matches.
  • Add file max-age to dynamic playlist rules.
  • Some UI improvements, and translation updates.

How to Install Cantata 2.3.1 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, you can install Cantata 2.3.1 via the unofficial PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata-qt

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade Cantata via Software Updater:

or install it for the first time via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cantata mpd


To remove cantata MPD client either use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove cantata

To remove the PPA repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

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