Strawberry – A Fork of Clementine Music Player & Organizer

June 21, 2020 — 2 Comments

Strawberry is an open-source fork of Clementine music player aimed at music collectors and audiophiles.

Strawberry is written in C++ with Qt 5 toolkit. The development started in 2018 while Clementine was not in active development (now development of Clementine revives).

Strawberry music player and organizer features:

  • Play and organize music
  • Supports WAV, FLAC, WavPack, DSF, DSDIFF, Ogg Vorbis, Speex, MPC, TrueAudio, AIFF, MP4, MP3, ASF and Monkey’s Audio.
  • Audio CD playback
  • Native desktop notifications
  • Playlists in multiple formats
  • Advanced audio output and device configuration for bit-perfect playback on Linux
  • Edit tags on music files
  • Fetch tags from MusicBrainz
  • Album cover art from Last.fm, Musicbrainz, Discogs and Deezer
  • Song lyrics from AudD
  • Support for multiple backends
  • Audio analyzer
  • Audio equalizer
  • Transfer music to iPod, iPhone, MTP or mass-storage USB player
  • Scrobbler with support for Last.fm, Libre.fm and ListenBrainz
  • Subsonic streaming support

How to Install Strawberry in Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04:

The software offers Snap package (runs in sandbox) which can be installed simply from Ubuntu Software.

Also the official Strawberry PPA maintains the latest .deb packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 19.x, and their derivatives.

1.) Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or by searching for ‘terminal’ from ‘Show Applications’ menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonaski/strawberry

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks for sudo prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) After adding the PPA, run commands to refresh package cache and install the music player:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install strawberry

Uninstall Strawberry:

To remove the PPA repository, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software:

or run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:jonaski/strawberry

To remove the music player and music collection organizer:

sudo apt remove --autoremove strawberry

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2 responses to Strawberry – A Fork of Clementine Music Player & Organizer

  1. I understood from the developer that he is only maintaining the application, he is not able to include Dynamic Playlists or any of the other facilities avail in Clementine.

    On the other hand, new comits are made to Github for Clementine almost weekly. There is still a way to go, but It seems the fork has stalled whereas the original is rising from the dead.

  2. This is an audiophile music player. No other player can compete with Strawberry. Even (paid) players like JRiver and Roon have a formidable competitor here. Great that Strawberry plays with Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA). A huge improvement over Clementine. Just a super jukebox and not comparable to any other music player in the Linux world! Play Strawberry with a low-latency kernel. You don’t know what happens to you! Especially if you also use a good (Usb) DAC. No down-resampling like Clementine and many other players. 24 Bits – 192 Khz. remains the same. Perfect job Sir Jonaski greetings from the Netherlands, Tony.

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