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How do I browse album covers in Rhythmbox?

I'm looking for how to browse album art in newer versions of Rhythmbox

I tried Rhythmarty plug in but I think it's very old so it can't be used, it does not appear on the plug in list.

Other options require gnome 2 and I use Gnome-Shell.

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12.04 and later

Browse your coverart albums in Rhythmbox v2.96 and later

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first the disclaimer - I am the co-author to this plugin!

How it works:

  • Click the new CoverArt source button (left hand side of screen)
  • Albums are displayed as clickable buttons containing their album cover
  • Right click menu option to play, queue & search for cover art for an album.

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  • to search for missing covers

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  • locale support is also available to display text in your native language - more details on how to help with the translation is on GitHub.

For full instructions see the projects Wiki:

For instructions on how to download great coverart:

how to install

The installation instructions cover the installation of each individual plugin. If you prefer a PPA method skip to the bottom:

for rhythmbox 2.96 to 2.99.1:

sudo apt-get install git gettext python-mako python-lxml

for rhythmbox 3.0 or compiled from git:

sudo apt-get install git gettext python3-mako python3-lxml

Then install the coverart browser plugin for rhythmbox version 2.96 to 2.99.1:

rm -rf ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins/coverart_browser
git clone https://github.com/fossfreedom/coverart-browser.git
cd coverart-browser
./install.sh

To install the coverart browser plugin for rhythmbox version 3.0 and later:

rm -rf ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins/coverart_browser
git clone https://github.com/fossfreedom/coverart-browser.git
cd coverart-browser
./install.sh --rb3

To install the coverart search-providers plugin for rhythmbox 2.96 - 2.99:

sudo apt-get install git gettext python-mako python-mutagen python-requests

for rhythmbox 3.0 or compiled from git:

sudo apt-get install git gettext python3-mako python3-requests

Then install the coverart search-providers plugin:

rm -rf ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins/coverart_search_providers
git clone https://github.com/fossfreedom/coverart-search-providers.git
cd coverart-search-providers

For rhythmbox 2.96 to 2.99:

./install.sh

For rhythmbox 3.0 or compiled from git:

./install.sh --rb3

Alternative installation - I've added this to my Rhythmbox PPA:

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This plugin is nothing short of awesome. –  HDave Apr 4 '13 at 19:20
    
@Syzygy - throw an issue on my project page - lets see what your issue is: github.com/fossfreedom/coverart-browser/… –  fossfreedom Dec 8 '13 at 16:21
    
@Syzygy This doesn't work in your 13.10. You should't generalize: if something doesn't work for you, this doesn't mean that doesn't work for others. –  Radu Rădeanu Dec 9 '13 at 21:37
    
Are the instructions on git different? I followed those and everything worked. Great plugin BTW. (Edit: removed old commend to clear confusion for other people.) –  Syzygy Dec 10 '13 at 19:45
    
@Syzygy - the instructions are the same ... however, good point - I've updated the answer with a how-to for Rhythmbox 3.0 and later –  fossfreedom Dec 10 '13 at 20:44
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11.04 and previous

I found another one rhythmbox-cover-art-browser

The plugin enables to display a cover grid view in the middle pane of rhythmbox a button enables to fetch missing covers double clicking on a cover plays the album drag and drop of album art supported

Download:

here. Give it a try though I don't use Rhythmbox So I couldn't test it.

Preview:

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10.10

I do not have the current version of Rhythmbox, but in my older version I got it to work. Confirm that you:

  1. Put the artdisplay_browser folder (extracted from the download) in the /usr/lib/rhythmbox/plugins folder. Note you may have to be root to add it, I also set permissions to 755 for the files and folder.

  2. In Rhythmbox open the plugins menu and select the artdisplay_browser plugin to activate.

And it works very nice for me!

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You may want to provide information about how to set the permissions (either in Nautilus, with chmod, or both). Many user reading this may not be familiar with how to do that. –  Eliah Kagan Jun 3 '12 at 6:52
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