Cantata MPD Client 2.2.0 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu

Last updated: September 30, 2017

Cantata, an open-source graphical MPD client, reached 2.2.0 release earlier today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10 and their derivatives.

Cantata 2.2.0 release highlights:

  • Add option to specify number of play queue tracks for dynamic playlists.
  • Add option to set application style.
  • Fix potential issue with priority menu items being disabled.
  • Remove unity menu icon work-around.
  • Fix desktop detection via XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP – check for colon separated values.
  • In playlists page, internet, etc, allow back navigation to go fully back.
  • Smart playlists – like dynamic, but do not auto update.
  • Use em-dash to as separator.
  • Add device option to only transcode if source is FLAC or WAV.
  • Fix extraction of album names from DB
  • Fix some potential security issues.
  • Fix sidebar highlight for windows (at least for Windows 10).
  • Only enable system tray for Linux if org.kde.StatusNotifierWatcher DBUS service is registered.
  • Fix MPRIS track path.
  • Fix MPRIS can go next/previous state changes.

Cantata 2.2.0

How to Install Cantata 2.2.0 via PPA in Ubuntu:

Besides building from source, all current Ubuntu users can install Cantata 2.2.0 via an unofficial PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts or by searching it 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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3 responses to Cantata MPD Client 2.2.0 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu

  1. Hello Ji m
    With the last kde neon 5.12.2, cantata closes with song change
    and when i try to click the Info button.
    Any idea?
    Thanks a lot!