Cantata 2.3.3 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu 18.04/Higher

December 30, 2018

Cantata MPD client released version 2.3.3 a few hours ago with enhancements and many bug-fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 14.04.

Cantata 2.3.3 release highlights:

  • Add ‘.opus’ to list of recognised extensions for local files.
  • Remove confirmation dialog when saving replaygain tags.
  • Fix saving ‘Descending’ order for smart playlists.
  • Allow .jpeg as extension from cover dialog.
  • Fix QMediaPlayer stuck with network streams
  • Fix ‘Show Current Song Information’ (i) toolbar button
  • Add option to sort smart playlists by title.
  • Change toolbar colours if palette changes.
  • Add more actions to search page results.
  • Fix MusicBrainz disc ID calculation.
  • And various other changes, see the release page for details.

How to Install Cantata 2.3.3 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, you can install Cantata 2.3.3 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 user password (no asterisks 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

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, skip sudo apt-get update as it’s done while adding the PPA.


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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