Install Cantata 1.2.0 MPD Client in Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10, 13.04

Last updated: December 23, 2013

 Cantata is yet another MPD client. This tutorial shows how to install the latest Cantata via PPA in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Linux Mint and their derivatives.

Currently Cantata has the following views:

  • Library – sorted as Album Artist (or Artist if Album Artist not set), Album, and finally Track.
  • Albums – displays albums as icons, sorted by their title.
  • 3. Folders – displays MPDs virtual filesystem. (This view is hidden by default)
  • 4. Playlists
  • 5. Dynamic – dynamic playlists
  • 6. Streams – allows saving of internet radio URLs
  • 7. Online – Jamendo and Magnatune
  • 8. Lyrics
  • 9. Info – displays artist information from wikipedia/ (via EchoNest)
  • 10. Devices – enables copying from/to USB-Mass-Storage (UMS) and MTP devices, and ripping AudioCDs

New features in the latest Cantata 1.2.0:

  • Podcasts
  • Opus audio format
  • User-installable stream categories
  • ShoutCast search
  • Composer tag
  • Slimmer toolbar (new time slider and volume control)

Install Cantata via PPA:

If you’ve already installed MPD on your system, you can new run below commands one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to install the latest Cantata:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mpd cantata

Once installed, open it from Unity Dash or Menu.

Cantata MPD client PPA

Source code is available in


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One response to Install Cantata 1.2.0 MPD Client in Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10, 13.04

  1. Cantata 1.4.0

    Hi Jim

    I guess that you are not the developer but maybe you are in contact so 2 comments:
    1. I found that it does not reconnect after suspend, which seems like a bug to me. You have to restart it to force the connection.
    2. Furthermore it would be great to add a volume control like in sonata, i.e. mouseover the unity icon and use the scrollwheel.

    Otherwise its a great program and integrates far better into unity than the alternatives. It is flashy and superfast. Maybe it would be great if you could get it into the official repos, too.

    Best Regards