21 Best Music Players That Are Worth Trying On Linux

4. Lollypop

Lollypop is a gnome-music player which is a free and open-source project hosted on Github. It is written entirely in Python and Gtk3.

It is very lightweight and has a very good looking User Interface with the ability to play mp3, mp4, Ogg, and FLAC files. Provides with the feature to read artist biography from Last.fm or Wikipedia, lyrics of the song from Wikia.

It also provides features like: browsing through the collection using artist, album or genres, party mode effect for playing music, etc. This can play only downloaded audio tracks and doesn’t allow streaming audio.

Install Lollypop Music Player

------------------ On Debian based Systems ------------------
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnumdk/lollypop
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install lollypop
# yum install lollypop		[On RedHat based systems]
# dnf install lollypop		[On Fedora 22+ versions]
Lollypop Music Player
Lollypop Music Player

5. Cmus

Cmus is a console-based music player for Linux OS. Written exclusively in C and released under GNU General Public License, this music player runs on the terminal and is operated through the keyboard with the help of commands prepended with the colon.

Because of being console-based, this music player is very fast to load even with a huge number of songs. It has the support of Ogg, Mp3, Wav, MPEG-4/AAC, WMA, etc.

It enjoys all the advantages of being the console-based music player but this has some effect on its user interface which is not much glossy. Apart from this, it is controllable through the cmus-remote program and is known to work on many Unix like Operating Systems: FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Cygwin, etc.

Cmus Commandline Music Player
Cmus Commandline Music Player

Read More: Install CMUS Console Based Music Player in Linux

6. Aqualung

Released in August 2015, aqualung is a cross-platform audio player originally targeted at GNU/Linux but also running on Mac OS, Windows, FreeBSD, etc.

It is written entirely in C and is available for many languages including French, German, Hungarian, etc. This software supports various audio file formats like Org, Forbis, FLAC, and Mp3.

The feature which makes it different from most of the music players is to play gapless music. Other features include multi-language translation, allowing multiple playlists at the same time, changing the skin at any time, support for MPEG formats, and even audio CDs.

Install Aqualung Music Player

# apt-get install qualung	[On Debian based systems] 
# yum install qualung		[On RedHat based systems]
# dnf install qualung		[On Fedora 22+ versions]
Aqualung Music Player
Aqualung Music Player

7. Quod Libet

Quod Libet is an open-source cross-platform music player cum tag editor. Written in Python using GTK+ and released under GNU General Public License, this software has support for Linux, Windows, and OS X requiring plug-ins for Python, PyGObject including OSS and ALSA compatible audio devices.

With a great User Interface and Pango support to dynamically position the tags, it provides various other features including dealing with audio back-ends using Gstreamer plugin, RelayGain support, option for shuffling entire playlist before repeating, rich set of features for tag editing, saving the play count of songs, downloading lyrics, fast-refreshing entire library, etc.

Install Quod Libet Music Player

# apt-get install quodlibet	[On Debian based systems] 
# yum install quodlibet		[On RedHat based systems]
# dnf install quodlibet		[On Fedora 22+ versions]
Quodlibet Music Player
Quodlibet Music Player

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  1. Does any of these players have a “Quick sort and trash” functionality or can be modified to have one? The behavior I want ideally after activating “Quick sort and trash” mode with a button or script:

    • Playback of the file in playlist starts at 10-20% position. After realizing what I want to do with that file I press one of the custom sorting keys.
    • The player tags the file according to the configured value in settings for that custom key and jumps to the next file (to10-20% position).

    If the value is “delete” then it deletes the file. Alternatively, the player has a “delete all files with a certain tag” option that can have a confirmation prompt.

    I thought that Cmus could be persuaded to such behavior with Autokey but it does not seem to have any file modification functionality despite being a command-line tool.

    Quod Libet with Autokey might work, but it requires calling up a context menu to create a tag, no hotkey possible, which makes it slow and unreliable.

  2. Thanks for this! I was having a rough time finding a music player that had a nice GUI and could handle 100GB of mainly mp3s (with maybe a dozen FLAC albums). Clementine is working fantastically, although the web site and Facebook community haven’t been updated since v1.3/1996.

  3. I’m surprised mpg123 didn’t make the list. It’s a terminal/console based player but unlike some that use ncurses or are a TUI, mpg123 is a command line mp3 player along the lines of aplay/play. It’s low overhead is why I like it. Simply run it by issuing: mpg123 and it plays it. You can loop the file or use wild card as in *.mp3 for all mp3 files or use a file @ for a playlist.

  4. Thank you for this useful comparison! I find that many players do not run on ARM platforms (e.g. Pi). What players would be suitable for ARM and provide a dsp (e.g. resampler)? I did quite some research myself but to no avail yet…

    Hope you can help.

  5. One of the things that make Quod Libet really stand out is that it does not restrict you to using the official tag keys, something I’ve always been really annoyed with in almost every other player.

    You can make up whatever tags you like with QL, and since it’s interface is built dynamically (programmed by you in a simple markup language which can show info conditionally), it can look like this: http://imgur.com/5FrtwG0

  6. Thanks for introducing to Tomahawk! This music player rocks! Fast start-up, modern and easy UI, many options. My favorite.

    • I love Gnome Music UI, but I don’t like how restrictive it is with options and that took me to this article: doesn’t allow many (or any) customization options, you’re limited to the Music folder, you can’t open files from Nautilus directly and you can’t even set it up as the default app for audio.

      Hopefully I’ll find a replacement among this list, which is by far the most complete I’ve seen in a while, thanks tecmint for the great article :)

  7. I am amazed not one talks about GMUSICBROWSER . It is simply the best music player on linux no questions about it. I am a music enthusiast and have been looking for a better music player and gmusicbrowser is the only one which handles all fine types and gives out best music quality.


    • @Zulfiqar,
      Thanks for sharing about GMUSICBROWSER, to be fact never heard about this music player, will include to the list as per your suggestions…

    • Yeh, GMUSICBROWSER is ace! So customizable! That used to be my go-to browser but over the last year I’ve mainly been using Clementine.

    • Banshee is wonderful unless; You have a large music collection, then it gets unstable and crashes. Does not play well with the Cinnamon desk top.

  8. mplayer has been the default audio/video player for me for years. The console version is a no non-sense, simple and pretty efficient player. Also, though not a pure audio music player, VLC deserves a mention here because of the rich format support. CMUS looks interesting though. Thanks for sharing. Great list by the way.

    • @Andrrew,
      Thanks for notifying about the YAROCK player, we’ve included in the list as per your suggestions, now the list grown to 21 Best Music Players, we will keep adding new music players to this list as per user requests..

  9. But what about server variant?
    MPD / Mopidy is great, it has android remote and it can be run withou gui. There is a problematic youtube support, but in fact its all functional.
    Does anyone know a better server variant? youtube support, remote apk support, without gui.


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