How to install Audacious Media Player on Debian 10

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

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

  • Via the user interface using Debian Software Manager
  • Via Debian Command Line Terminal

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

Install Audacious via Debian Software Manager

For a person who does not want to open the command line much, installing the software present in the official Debian repository through the user interface is very simple.

On the Actions toolbar / dock on the Debian desktop, click the Debian Software icon.

Click the search icon in the software manager and type Audacious in the search bar. Search results will contain relevant entries as follows:

Audacious in software manager

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

Application Details

Click the Install button to start the installation process. The following authentication dialog box appears, where you can enter your authentication information, since only an authorized user can install the software in Debian.

Authenticate yourself as admin

Enter your password and click the Authentication button. After that, the installation process will begin, displaying a progress bar as follows:

Audacious Installation

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

Launch Audacious

In the above dialog box, you can directly launch Audacious and even immediately remove it for any reason.

Launch Audacious

You can access Audacious from the Debian application launcher as follows or directly access it from the list of applications:

Audacious icon

You can check which version is installed on your system. Click the File menu in the Audacious interface, and then select About About from the menu.

Audacious Media Player on Debian 10

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

Remove Audacious

If you want to remove Audacious, which was installed in the above way, you can remove it from your system as follows:

Open the Debian software manager and find Audacious. You will see the “Installed” status in the search bar. Click this entry, and then click Delete from the following view:

remove Audacious

The system will offer you an authentication dialog. The software will be removed when you provide the password for the sudo user and click the “Authentication” button in the dialog box.

Install Audacious using the command line

First, open the Terminal through the search bar of the Application Launcher as follows:

Ubuntu terminal

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

The next step is to update the repository index of your system with the following command:

$ sudo apt-get update

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

Updating Package Lists

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

Then run the following command to install Audacious:

$ sudo apt-get install audacious

Install Audacious via apt

The system may offer you the y / n option to continue the installation. Please enter Y if you want to continue the installation. The process may take some time, depending on the speed of your Internet, after which Audacious will be installed on your system.

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

$ audacious --version

Check out the version of Audacious

Remove Audacious

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

$ sudo apt-get remove audacious

To come in Y when the y / n prompt appears, the software will be completely removed from your system.

Launch Audacious

You can run Audacious through the Debian user interface or by entering the following command in Terminal:

$ audacious

Thus, it was not one, but two ways to install Audacious on Debian. Enjoy the music!

How to install Audacious Media Player on Debian 10