Lollypop – A New GNOME Music Player Available in PPA

Last updated: December 2, 2015

Lollypop Gnome music playing application

Lollypop is a new Gnome music playing application written in Python and Gtk3. It’s a free and open-source project hosted on github.

The music player features:

  • mp3/4, ogg and flac.
  • Genre/Cover browsing
  • Genre/Artist/Cover browsing
  • Search
  • Main playlist (called queue in other apps)
  • Party mode
  • Replay gain
  • Cover art downloader
  • Context artist view

The screenshots:

Lollypop in Gnome

Lollypop in Gnome

Lollypop in Unity

How to Install Lollypop Music Player in Ubuntu:

The developer has built the latest packages into his PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04 (tested in Ubuntu 14.04 but it doesn’t work), Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04 and derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run the command below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnumdk/lollypop

Type in your user password when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. After added the PPA, run command to reload system package cache:

sudo apt-get update

3. Finally install the player from Synaptic Package Manager, or by running below command:

sudo apt-get install lollypop

4. [Fixed in Ubuntu 15.10 and higher] Due to an Ubuntu related bug, you have to disable the overlay scrollbars for better experience.

To do this for this single application, run command to edit the .desktop file:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/lollypop.desktop

Add a parameter so that the ‘Exec’ line will be:

Exec=env LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0 lollypop

disable overlay scrollbars for single application

Save the file and done.

(Optional) To remove the player as well as the PPA repository, run below command in a terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:gnumdk/lollypop && sudo apt-get remove lollypop


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2 responses to Lollypop – A New GNOME Music Player Available in PPA

  1. Hello. Thanks for the info.

    I have the following problem with Vivid. When I execute Lollypop from the terminal, the following message appears and crashes: “GLib.Error: gst-core-error-quark: A la instalación de GStreamer le falta un complemento. (12)”

    (translation: the installation of GStreamer is missing a complement)

    A message with some problem with a txt/html decoder also appears.

    I tried several things, but nothing worked. Thanks! Marcos.

  2. Ok, just headed to the website and :

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnumdk/lollypop

    does work.