How to install Audacious Media Player on Debian 10

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Audacious is a free advanced audio player for Linux and many other UNIX compatible systems. It focuses on low resource consumption, high audio quality, and support for a wide variety of audio formats. It was originally based on the Beep Media Player, which in turn was based on XMMS.

In this article we are going to describe two ways to install / uninstall Audacious on your Debian.

  • Via the user interface with the Debian Software Manager
  • From the Debian command line, the Terminal

We ran the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Debian 10 Buster system.

Install Audacious from the Debian Software Manager

For a person who does not want to open the command line often, installing any software present in the official Debian repository is very easy via the user interface.

From your Debian desktop activities toolbar / dock, click the Debian software icon.

In Software Manager, click the search icon and type Audacious in the search bar. In the search results, the relevant entries are listed as follows:

The Audacious entry listed here is maintained by the Debian Stable Main Repository. Click on this search entry to open the following view:

App details

Click the Install button to start the installation process. The following authentication dialog will appear so that you can enter your authentication details as only an authorized user can install software on Debian.

Authenticate yourself as an administrator

Enter your password and click the Authenticate button. After that, the installation process begins and shows a progress bar as follows:

Install Audacious

Audacious will then be installed on your system and you will receive the following message after successful installation:

Start Audacious

From the dialog above, you can launch Audacious directly and even remove it right away for whatever reason.

Start Audacious

You can access Audacious from the Debian application launch bar or directly from the application list as follows:

Daring symbol

You can check which version is installed on your system. In the Audacious user interface, click the File menu, then choose About from the menu.

Bold media player on Debian 10

The above picture shows that Audacious 3.10.1 is currently installed on my Debian.

Boldly remove

If you want to remove Audacious that was installed using the method above, here is how you can remove it from your system:

Open the Debian Software Manager and search for Audacious. You will see the status “Installed” in the search entry. Click on this entry and then on Remove in the following view:

boldly remove

The system prompts you with an authentication dialog. The software is removed when you provide the password for the sudo user and click Authenticate in the dialog box.

Install Audacious from the command line

First, open the terminal using the Application Launcher’s search bar as follows:

Ubuntu terminal

The Application Launcher can be accessed via the Super / Windows key.

The next step is to update your system’s repository index using the following command:

$ sudo apt-get update

This will help you to install the latest available version of any software from the Internet.

Update package lists

Please note that only an authorized user can add, remove and configure software on Debian.

Next, run the following command to install Audacious:

$ sudo apt-get install audacious

Install Audacious through apt

The system may prompt you with a y / n option to continue the installation. Please enter Y if you want to continue with the installation. The process may take some time depending on your internet speed. After that, Audacious will be installed on your system.

The following command can help you check the version number of your installed package and also make sure that the software is actually installed on your system.

$ audacious --version

Check the Audacious version

Boldly remove

You can use the following command in your terminal to uninstall Audacious from your system:

$ sudo apt-get remove audacious

Input Yes at the y / n prompt and the software will be completely removed from your system.

Start Audacious

You can start Audacious from the Debian UI or by typing the following command in Terminal:

$ audacious

So this was not just one but two ways to install Audacious on your Debian. Enjoy the music!

How to install Audacious Media Player on Debian 10