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After 10 years of development, the Qt based graphical MPD client Cantata finally discontinued.

Cantata is a free open source graphical client for MPD, features multiple MPD collections, highly customizable layout, MPRISv2 DBUS interface, Jamendo, Magnatune, SoundCloud, and Podcasts support.

The source code of the project has been archived for a period of time after version 2.4.2. By releasing Cantata 2.5.0, the developer finally announced that the development of Cantata has now ceased!

Cantata 2.5.0 removed some features that are not working, including stream providers, Google and Spotify image search, and SoundCloud support. There are also various bug-fixes and some new features:

  • Increase number of album tracks shown in context view to 500
  • Remember and restore main window position.
  • Add support for MPD’s “Partitions”
  • Allow queue to be sorted by path.
  • Add “Refresh” action to hover actions for podcasts.
  • Add Grouping tag support to playlists and play queue.

How to Get Cantata 2.5.0:

The source code is available to download at the link below until you switching to another player.

I’ve tried to make the release package into PPA, but with no luck! It seems that there’s bug due to code clean-up. I don’t known about C++, and the project now does not support reporting bugs anymore. So, there may be no update for Cantata 2.5.0 in my PPA.

Cantata, Qt5 graphical client for Music Player Daemon (MPD), released version 2.4.2 with various fixes. PPA updated for Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 20, and derivatives.

Cantata 2.4.2 is primarily a stability improvements and bug-fixes release that features.

  • Correctly handle changing ‘Basic’ mode music folder.
  • Set minimum Qt5 version to 5.11
  • Add chartlyrics.com to list of lyrics providers.
  • Change the default lyrics providers
  • Switch from freedb.org to gnudb.org
  • See the release note for more.

How to Install Cantata 2.4.2 in Ubuntu 20.04:

For Ubuntu 20.04, you can install the new release package via the unofficial PPA. Due to minimum Qt 5.11 requirement, Ubuntu 18.04 package is stuck at version 2.4.0.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata-qt

Type user password (no asterisk 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 update

sudo apt install cantata mpd

Uninstall:

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.

Cantata MPD Client 2.4.0 Released [How-to Install]

Last updated: February 16, 2020

Cantata, an open-source qt5 graphical MPD Client, released version 2.4.0 a days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

Cantata is now in a bug-fix only state. Version 2.4.0 is likely to be the last feature release. Changes in the release include:

  • Add ‘Read offset’ setting for AudioCDs.
  • Show invalid files in playlists using red text.
  • Add ‘Remove Invalid Tracks’ to playlist context menu.
  • Allow OPML URLs in podcast add URL dialog.
  • Allow to read local RSS/OPML files in podcast search dialog.
  • Add action to export current podcast subscriptions to OPML file.
  • Add searching for radio stations on Community Radio Browser.
  • Show bits in technical info.
  • Add –fullscreen command-line option to start fullscreen.
  • Add ‘aac’ and ‘libfdk_aac’ as supported encoders.

How to Install Cantata 2.4.0 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and upcoming Ubuntu 20.04, you can install the new release package via the unofficial PPA.

1. Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard 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

Type user password (no asterisk 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 update

sudo apt install cantata mpd

Uninstall:

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.

Cantata MPD client released version 2.3.3 a few hours ago with enhancements and many bug-fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 14.04.

Cantata 2.3.3 release highlights:

  • Add ‘.opus’ to list of recognised extensions for local files.
  • Remove confirmation dialog when saving replaygain tags.
  • Fix saving ‘Descending’ order for smart playlists.
  • Allow .jpeg as extension from cover dialog.
  • Fix QMediaPlayer stuck with network streams
  • Fix ‘Show Current Song Information’ (i) toolbar button
  • Add option to sort smart playlists by title.
  • Change toolbar colours if palette changes.
  • Add more actions to search page results.
  • Fix MusicBrainz disc ID calculation.
  • And various other changes, see the release page for details.

How to Install Cantata 2.3.3 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, you can install Cantata 2.3.3 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 user password (no asterisks 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

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, skip sudo apt-get update as it’s done while adding the PPA.

Uninstall:

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.

Cantata MPD client 2.3.2 was released a few days ago. Now you can easily install it via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives.

Changes in Cantata 2.3.2 include:

  • Store actual song path for local files (mainly affects windows)
  • When using Track Organizer to rename music tracks, rename any other files that have the same basename as the music file.
  • Install cantata.png to use as Windows tray icon.
  • Remove internal Samba share mounting code, this had some privilege escalation issues, and is not well tested.
  • Use 32-bit unsigned int to store output IDs.
  • When marking podcast episodes for download, and ‘show only unplayed’ is checked, then only download unplayed episodes.
  • Fix smart playlists with a rating range and no song include/exclude rules.
  • Enable proxy config settings page by default.
  • Add Brazilian Portuguese translation
  • Fix ‘Locate In Library / Album’ for albums with musicbrainz ID.
  • Check HTTP stream URLs are valid URLs, and scheme starts with http.
  • Due to reports of crashes in libvlc code, default to using QtMultiMedia for HTTP stream playback on Linux builds (already default for Mac/Win).
  • Use “:/” as root path for windows folder browse, seems to then list each drive.
  • If a dynamic playlist has rating 0..5 stars, then include all songs (even those without an explicit rating).
  • Ubuntu icon theme is now named Yaru, so install there.
  • Don’t install Yaru icon by default.

How to Install Cantata 2.3.2 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, you can install Cantata 2.3.2 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 asterisks 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

Uninstall:

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.

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 genius.com 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

Uninstall:

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.

Cantata MPD client 2.3.0 was released a day ago with a large list of changes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and/or Ubuntu 14.04.

Changes in Cantata 2.3.0 include:

  • Only disable system tray support if org.kde.StatusNotifierWatcher is not registered when running under Gnome.
  • Add ability to change grid cover size – Ctrl+ / Ctrl-
  • Avahi support (automatic mpd discovery)
  • Add “Add Local Files” to playqueue context menu.
  • Add support for Haiku
  • Add support for forked-DAAP – thanks to Wolfgang Scherer.
  • Reduce memory usage by correctly calculating cost of covers for in-memory cache.
  • Use IO::Socket::IP and not IO::Socket::INET in cantata-dynamic to allow usage with IPv6.
  • Enable remote (sshfs, samba) device support by default for Linux builds.
  • Make track links in context view work with CUE files.
  • Support dragging folder of music files onto playqueue.
  • Support dragging m3u and m3u8 playlists onto playqueue.
  • Add ‘Categorized’ view for albums in library.
  • Add settings page to configure API keys.
  • Add Suru icon for Ubuntu builds.

And there are various other changes, see HERE for details.

How to Install Cantata 2.3.0 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, you can install Cantata 2.3.0 via the 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

Uninstall:

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.

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

Uninstall:

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.

Cantata, the open-source Qt5 graphical client for MPD, has reached the new major 2.1 release hours ago with a huge list of changes. Here’s how to install it in all current Ubuntu releases via PPA.

Cantata 2.1.0 release highlights:

  • Re-add all album sorts from Cantata 1.x.
  • Detect and show DLNA streams in grouped view.
  • Re-add genre combo to library view. Only visible if grouping by artist or
    album.
  • Fix Jamendo and Magnatune covers.
  • Use Pulse Audio for ‘Personal’ MPD instance.
  • Fix crash when changing playqueue view type.
  • Fix local file playback on remote MPD when MPD’s curl is using IPv6.
  • Read lyrics from MP4 files.
  • Support disc number in CUE files.
  • Allow single-key shortcuts.
  • Improve Mopidy support.
  • Enable support for Opus tags if enabled in TagLib.
  • Remove Qt4, KDE4, and Ubuntu touch support.
  • Make all of Cantata’s internal actions accessible via DBUS.
  • Add support for OriginalDate tag.
  • Enable retina support for all builds.

Cantata MPD

How to Install Cantata 2.1.0 in Ubuntu:

Besides building the from source, All current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and their derivatives can install either the KDE build or Qt5 build from unofficial PPAs.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add either PPA:

  • For Qt5 build, run command:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata-qt

  • For KDE integration, add the kde build PPA instead:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata
  • 2. Then launch Software Updater utility to upgrade the client from an existing release:

    Or run commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade Cantata:

    sudo apt-get update
    
    sudo apt-get install mpd cantata

    Uninstall:

    To remove the PPA repositories, go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

    To remove the mpd client, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

    sudo apt-get remove --autoremove cantata

    cantata-icon

    A bug-fix release for Cantata 2.0, a graphical client for the music player daemon (MPD), was announced one day ago with various fixes and improvements.

    Cantata originally started as a fork of QtMPC, mainly to provide better KDE integration. However, the code (and user interface) is now very different, and it can be compiled with KDE support, or as a pure Qt application for Windows, Linux, and OS X.

    cantata in kubuntu

    Cantata 2.0.1 release highlights:

    • Fix possibly missing save play queue icon.
    • Use last.fm 2.0 API for finding similar artists in dynamic playlists.
    • Fix listing of CUE files.
    • Only honour ‘startHidden’ setting if also configured to use system tray.
    • Don’t allow copying of cue file tracks to devices.
    • Fix playback of AudioCDs
    • Fix incorrect AudioCD cover
    • Fix wrong/missing ratings in toolbar.
    • Fix compilation with Qt5.7
    • Fix drag’n’drop of non-loaded playlists.
    • Use a single-shot timer to timeout obtaining current cover.
    • Fix AudioCD playback when MPD’s curl is using IPv6
    • see more in its release page.

    How to Install Cantata in (K)Ubuntu:

    Besides building from the source tarball, you can install Cantata 2.0.1 from my personal PPA. Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 15.10 are supported.

    1. Add PPA

    For KUbuntu user, open terminal emulator and run command:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata

    Type in password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

    For non-KDE user, run the command below instead to add the Qt version:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata-qt

    cantata-qt-ppa

    2. Install / Upgrade Cantata.

    If you have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater (or Update Manager) and you’ll see Cantata 2.0.1 available in the update list after checking for updates.

    Or run the commands below one by one in terminal to update and install the client:

    sudo apt update
    
    sudo apt install cantata

    3. To remove Cantata 2.0.1, use Synaptic Package Manager or just run the command below in terminal:

    sudo apt remove cantata && sudo apt autoremove

    You may also remove the PPA by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software.