How to install Sayonara on Ubuntu 20.04 – A Beautiful Lightweight Music Player for Linux

Sayonara is a free and open-source lightweight music player written using the C++ programming language. This application uses the Qt framework and it uses GStreamer as its audio backend. Sayonara has an intuitive user interface and the default dark theme gives it a spectacular look.

It’s an highly customizable and fast audio player released its first stable version under GPL 3. There are various extensions which give you quick access to additional functionality such as spectrum analyzer, crossfading, equalizer etc.

Sayonara comes with some powerful features such as Support for podcasts and internet radio, Multiple playlists management, Music playback with Crossfader and Equalizer.

Key Features of Sayonara:

Sayonara packs all the essentials features you would expect in a regular music player. Some most important features are listed here:

  • Free and Open-Source
  • Supports various languages other than English
  • Several shortcut keys
  • Supports and Soundcloud for Internet Streaming
  • Genre organization
  • Last.FM scrobbling
  • Directory view
  • Many supported music and playlist formats
  • Shutdown function
  • Support for external device
  • Media library with search function
  • Many more…

This article explains two methods of installing Sayonara on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Sayonara as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install Sayonara on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the Sayonara. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the Sayonara package.

$ sudo snap install sayonara

At this step, you have successfully installed Sayonara application on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

Type the following command to update Sayonara package.

$ sudo snap refresh --list

Method 2: Installing Sayonara via PPA Repository

If you want to install the most recent version of Sayonara, 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 Sayonara PPA to your system.

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:lucioc/sayonara

Step #2

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

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install sayonara

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

Starting Sayonara Music Player

In the Activities search bar type “Sayonara” and click on the icon to launch the application.

Sayonara User Interface:

How to Uninstall Sayonara from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Sayonara application, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed Sayonara via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove sayonara

Method #2

If you have installed the appication via PPA then uninstall by running the below commands.

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:lucioc/sayonara

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 Sayonara package.

$ sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:lucioc/sayonara


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Sayonara 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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