How to Install Audacious via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 | 18.04

Last updated: July 10, 2022

Audacious music player

The Audacious audio player 4.2 was released a few days ago. Here’s PPA with the deb binary packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, Linux Mint 20, and derivatives.

Following the lead of Debian and Fedora, the new release now features dual Qt5 + GTK2 build by default. And it offers an option in the Settings to make it easy to switch between Qt and classic GTK interfaces.

Audacious has been updated to version 4.2, feature new dark mode support and Flat icon set in both light and dark mode.

Other changes include:

  • Add partial support for Ogg FLAC streams
  • Automatically set the title of an imported playlist based on the filename
  • Preselect the filename of an imported playlist when exporting it again
  • Add a Jump to Song dialog to the Winamp interface in Qt mode
  • Add formatter syntax to allow truncating title strings

Install Audacious 4.2 via PPA in Ubuntu:

The new release package has been made into the Ubuntu PPA. Due to a compile issue and lack of time for debugging, Ubuntu 16.04 build is excluded.

1. Open terminal by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type your password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then run commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade the audio player:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install audacious audacious-plugins

NOTE: If you got problem installing / updating the audio player, remove the old packages first by running the command in the bottom.


You can easily remove the PPA either by going to Software & Updates utility -> Other Software tab, or by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

To remove audacious, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove audacious audacious-plugins audacious-dev


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12 responses to How to Install Audacious via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 | 18.04

  1. While I use Clementine as my main music player. I always have Audacious as my default. It’s small, very fast and a opens with a very small user interface for other sound media.

  2. Thank you!

  3. I cannot get Audacious to follow symbolic links to folders

  4. Thanks. That’s great.

  5. Beautiful, especially for HD files, regular flac, 24/96 or better. Great very fluid player.

  6. cannot install version 4.10 terminal says audacious is already the newest version (3.10.1-1) because debian 10 repo have that version i dont know how to redirect that particular package to be pulled from the added ppa

  7. Krzysztof z Opola January 27, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    That’s awesome! I am used to audacious since Ubuntu 14 and this version is much more that I need for my Ubuntu Unity 20.04. I like the WinAmp skins – incredible to have them again :)

  8. Ubuntu 22.04 / Linux Mint 21

    export GNUPGHOME=$(mktemp -d)
    gpg –keyserver –recv-keys 4C1CBE14852541CB
    gpg –export 4C1CBE14852541CB | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/ubuntuhandbook1.gpg >/dev/null
    echo “deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/ubuntuhandbook1.gpg] jammy main” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntuhandbook1.list
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install audacious audacious-plugins

    • Thanks Sergey, this should be the correct way adding PPA according to the new Debian policy! Though it’s so not friendly for beginners.

      Ubuntu has made the launchpad keys de-armored, but still put them into ‘/etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/’ that is deprecated by Debian. Maybe it’s waiting for a handy tool to make lifer easier.

  9. thank you !!! working perfectly : Audacious 4.2-0build1 with Xubuntu 18.04.6 amd64. cheers !!

    • new comp and installed without problems: Audacious 4.3.1 @ Kubuntu 22.04.3 LTS
      using Winamp GUI because i love winamp skins. Thanks!!!