Music player

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Various programs exist to play music under Linux: audio CDs, MP3 files or Ogg Vorbis audio. The most well-known is XMMS, a WinAmp-alike music player.

Specific applications


  • XMMS -- Media player modeled after Winamp
  • RhythmBox -- A music player and manager for the GNOME desktop
  • Listen -- A music library manager program for the GNOME desktop, similar to Amarok
  • JuK -- an audio jukebox that supports collections of files for KDE
  • amaroK -- an new audio player/jukebox for KDE with better usability and can use the GStreamer backend
  • grip -- can be used for playing and ripping audio CDs with ease
  • GQmpeg -- GTK1 based player
  • Noatun - A KDE music player, although not as elaborate as some of the others
  • xfmedia - xfce's xine based music player
  • RealPlayer - Proprietary software from Real Networks, commonly used for streaming audio and video
  • HelixPlayer - Open-source alternative to RealPlayer that also uses open formats
  • MPD - Music Player Daemon (MPD) allows remote access for playing music (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, Mod, and wave files) and managing playlists. MPD is designed around a client/server architecture, where the clients interact with MPD over a network. Thus, running MPD is only half of the equation; to use MPD, you need to install an MPD client


  • cmus -- ncurses based music player
  • mpg123 -- Command line MP3 player
  • mpg321 -- free mpg123 clone
  • ogg123 -- Ogg vorbis command line player

See also