Cantata MPD Client 2.3.1 Released! (How to Install)

Last updated: June 6, 2018

Qt5 graphical MPD client Cantata 2.3.1 was released earlier today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and/or Ubuntu 14.04.

Cantata 2.3.1 was released with a large number of changes. Here are some of them:

  • Set Smart rules ‘files added in the last days’ limit to 10*365
  • Fix enabling of add/replace play queue actions for Jamendo/Magnatune.
  • Use JSON to encode song details when adding online tracks.
  • Fix crash if try to expand dirble and --no-network passed to Cantata.
  • Remove custom icon theme, and just use FontAwesome.
  • Add to list of lyrics providers.
  • Some lyrics improvements.
  • Fix playback of downloaded podcasts.
  • Fix saving of podcast images to JPG.
  • Limit SoundCloud results to 200 matches.
  • Add file max-age to dynamic playlist rules.
  • Some UI improvements, and translation updates.

How to Install Cantata 2.3.1 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, you can install Cantata 2.3.1 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 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 2.3.1 Released! (How to Install)

  1. Hi! Thanks for maintaining this PPA. I use it for Canatata on Linux Mint 18.3

    I just filed a bug report with the developer (CDrummond) on Github, because the “Add local files to play queue” option was not available in my settings.

    He told me, it means that Cantata has been compiled without the built-in http server, which is required for local playback to work.

    Would you care to explain why you chose to build without the http server? And is there any chance of including it in future builds?

    Thanks in advance and none the less :)

    • I didn’t realize that local file playback was disabled. The packages were built with the rules from the distro’s build of Cantata.

      I’ve re-uploaded debian rule with http server enabled. Please try the new package a few hours later (they are now on the queue waiting for build).

  2. Thank you very much :)