How to install Mumble and Murmur voice chat on Debian 10

Mumble is a high quality, low latency gaming voice chat program. It features noise cancellation, encrypted connections for voice and instant messages, automatic gain control, and low latency audio with support for multiple audio standards. Mumble includes a game overlay that is compatible with most open source and commercial 3D applications. Mumble is just a client and uses a non-standard protocol. To communicate with other users, you will need a dedicated server. Server functionality is provided by the “mumble-server” package. However, Murmur is the back end of Mumble. This article explains how to install Mumble and Murmur on your Linux, both from the user interface and from the command line.

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

Install Mumble via Debian Software Manager

For someone who doesn’t really want to open the command line, installing software that is present in the official Debian repository through the user interface is very easy.

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

Click the search icon in the software manager and type Mumble in the search bar. The search results will contain matching entries as follows:

Mumble Voice Chat software

All these releases are from different developers. You can click on any entry to see who the developer / source is. We will prefer the one available in the Debian Stable Main repository.

Select the Mumble package that suits your needs from the search results. The following dialog will appear:

Install Mumble

Click the Install button to begin the installation process. In the next authentication dialog box, you will be able to provide your authentication credentials, since only an authorized user can install software on Debian.

Authenticate as administrator

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

Installing Mumble

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

Launch Mumble

In the above dialog, you can directly launch Mumble and even uninstall it immediately for whatever reason.

launch

You can launch Mumble through the user interface at any time by entering relevant keywords in the App Launcher search, or access it directly from the list of apps.

Mumble icon

The application can be accessed using the Super / Windows key on your keyboard.

When you launch Mumble for the first time, the Sound Tuning Wizard appears.

Sound Tuning Wizard

This wizard is self-explanatory and you hardly need any help to figure out how to proceed. You will even be fine if you keep the default settings for

  • Sound setting
  • Certificate management
  • Server and username configuration

delete

You can uninstall Mumble through the Debian Software Manager by first searching with the Search button and then clicking the Uninstall button in the following view:

Remove Mumble

A dialog will ask you if you are sure to remove the software from your system. Please click the Uninstall button to uninstall Mumble. An authentication dialog box will open where you can specify the authentication details for the sudo user, since only an authorized user can uninstall software from Debian. Enter your password and click the Authentication button. The uninstallation process will then begin, removing Mumble from your system.

Installing Mumble via the command line

Open your Debian command line, Terminal, by searching in Application Launcher as follows:

Debian terminal

Then you can install Mumble via the official Debian repository. First, enter the following command to update the software store index on your system with the Internet index so you can install the latest software.

$ sudo apt-get update

Updating packages

Now enter the following apt-get command to install the latest version of Mumble:

$ sudo apt-get install mumble

For murmur use:

$ sudo apt-get install mumble-server

Install Mumble and Murmur

The system may ask you for the Y / n option to confirm the start of the installation procedure. Type Y and press Enter. The installation process will begin, which may take some time depending on your Internet speed. Mumble will be installed on your system.

launch

To start Mumble from the command line, enter the following command:

$ mumble

This will open Mumble in the user interface. When you start Mumble for the first time, the Sound Tuning Wizard will appear.

This wizard is largely self-explanatory, and you are unlikely to need help figuring out how to proceed. You might even be fine if you keep the defaults for:

  • Sound setting
  • Certificate management
  • Server and username configuration

Delete

To remove Mumble from your system, but keep the configuration intact, enter the following command as sudo:

$ sudo apt-get remove mumble

For murmur use:

$ sudo apt-get remove mumble-server

If you want to uninstall Mumble along with your settings, enter the following command:

$ sudo apt-get purge mumble

For murmur use:

$ sudo apt-get purge mumble-server

The system will offer you the Y / n option to start the uninstall procedure. Please enter Y and press Enter to start. Mumble will be removed from your system.

You now have two ways to install Mumble on your Debian. The post-installation configuration is largely self-explanatory. You can leave the default settings and also use an automatic certificate to streamline the process.

How to install Mumble and Murmur voice chat on Debian 10

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