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This quick tutorial is going to show you how to install Subsonic music streamer 4.8 in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander & Linux Mint 16 Petra via getdeb repository.

As you may know, Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music. Use it to share your music with friends, or to listen to your own music while at work. You can stream to multiple players simultaneously, for instance to one player in your kitchen and another in your living room.

Subsonic is designed to handle very large music collections (hundreds of gigabytes). Although optimized for MP3 streaming, it works for any audio or video format that can stream over HTTP, for instance AAC and OGG. By using transcoder plug-ins, Subsonic supports on-the-fly conversion and streaming of virtually any audio format, including WMA, FLAC, APE, Musepack, WavPack and Shorten.

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Install Subsonic:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run 2 commands to add getdeb repository:


sudo dpkg -i getdeb-repository_0.1-1~getdeb1_all.deb

For Linux Mint, there’s an option under ‘Software & Sources -> Additional repositories’ allows to easily enable / disable this repository.

2. Use synaptic package manager to install Subsonic. Or run commands below instead:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install -y subsonic

This simple tutorial is going to show you how to install Subsonic Music Streamer 4.8 on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise.

Subsonic is open-source, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music and video collection. It supports most media formats, such as MP3, OGG, AAC and any other audio or video format that streams over HTTP.


  • Enjoy your music and movies no matter where you are. Share with family and friends.
  • Browse and manage your media collection with the user-friendly web interface.
  • Stream music to Android, iPhone and Windows Phone.
  • Subsonic apps available for Roku, BlackBerry Playbook and many more.
  • Convert and stream lossless music on the fly.
  • Manage 100,000+ files in your music collection without hassle.
  • Download and listen to Podcasts.
  • Get cover art, lyrics, reviews and other album info from Google, Chartlyrics, allmusic and Wikipedia.

Install Subsonic:

The official website provides the DEB installer for Ubuntu users. It can be download by clicking the below link:


Subsonic requires Java, so first install OpenJDK from Ubuntu Software Center or Oracle Java from ppa.

Then double-click on the downloaded DEB package and select install on Ubuntu Software Center. Click ‘Ignore and install’ if you get the below dialog.

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Change user:

By default the Subsonic process is run as the root user. To improve security it is strongly advised that you run it as a dedicated user with less powerful privileges. You can specify this user by setting the SUBSONIC_USER variable in /etc/default/subsonic.

To do so, press Alt+F2, type in gksudo nautilus to open file browser with root permission. Then change username to yours in the picture.


Note that non-root users are by default not allowed to use ports below 1024. Also make sure to grant the user write permissions in the music directories, otherwise changing album art and tags will fail.

After all, restart your computer and open the Subsonic web page on http://localhost:4040.