Cantata MPD Client 2.3.1 Released! (How to Install)

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.