How to Install Audacious Audio Player on Ubuntu 20.04

After the slow demise of Winamp a decade ago, Users unwillingly but gradually switched to other audio players and my personal favorite is Audacious. The audio player is developed primarily for Linux and is probably one of the audio applications that every Linux user has bumped into.

Audacious is an free, Open-Source and lightweight audio player. It is designed primarily for use on POSIX-compatible Unix like operating systems, with limited support for MS Windows. A descendant of XMMS, Audacious plays your music how you want it, without stealing away your computer’s resources from other tasks.

Audacious focus on low resource use, high audio quality, and support for a wide range of audio formats. Drag and drop folders and individual song files, search for artists and albums in your entire music library, or create and edit your own custom playlists. Listen to CD’s or stream music from the Internet.

You can tweak the sound with the graphical equalizer or change the dynamic range with audio effects. Enjoy the modern Qt-themed interface or change things up with Winamp Classic skins.

Use the plugins included with Audacious to fetch lyrics for your music, display a VU meter, and more. Audacious owes a large portion of its functionality to plug-ins, including all codecs. More features are available via third-party plug-ins.

So, we can say that Pretty much all of Audacious’s functionality relies on plugins which include codecs as well. Audacious is the default audio player in some Linux distros such as Lubuntu, Ubuntu Studio etc..

Key Features of Audacious

  • Free and Open-Source
  • Contains built-in gapless playback
  • Looks intuitive
  • Offers support for a wide range of audio formats.
  • Audacious is not a resource hog so you can keep the music playing in the background without worrying that your system’s performance is affected.
  • Manage multiple playlists
  • Various plugins available
  • Can play audio CDs
  • Many more..

Installing Audacious via PPA Repository

If you want to install the most recent version of Audacious Audio Player, you can use the PPA repository.

Personal Package Archives (PPA) are software repositories designed for Ubuntu users and are easier to install than other third-party repositories. PPAs are often used to distribute pre-release software so that it can be tested.

Step #1

First of all open the terminal from system application launcher and type the following command to add the Audacious PPA to your system.

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

Step #2

Then, execute the following commands to install Audacious package on your Ubuntu system.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install audacious audacious-plugins

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

Starting Audacious Audio Player

Audacious can be launched from the command line by typing audacious or by clicking on the Audacious icon (Activities -> Audacious).

Audacious User Interface:

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How to Uninstall Audacious from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Audacious Audio Player application, refer following steps.

Step #1

It’s most likely that you added the PPA using add-apt-repository command. You can use the same command to remove the PPA as well. Just give it --remove option in the command.

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

Step #2

As of now we removed the PPA. What about the applications installed using these PPAs? Will they be removed as a result of removing the PPA? The answer is NO.

So this is when ppa-purge comes in picture. It not only disables the PPA but also uninstalls all the programs installed by the PPA or revert them to original version provided by your distribution.

So type the following command to install the ppa-purge package and uninstall the Audacious package.

$ sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

You can also type the following command to uninstall the package.

$ sudo apt remove --autoremove audacious audacious-plugins


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to Install Audacious Audio Player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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