Rhythmbox Plugins overview
The version of Rhythmbox that is now installed by default in 12.04 (Precise) has been ported to GTK3 libraries.
This version has been superseded in 12.10 (Quantal) with v2.97.
13.04 (Raring) has v2.98.
13.10 (Saucy) has version v2.99.1
14.04 (Trusty) has version v3.0.2
What this means in practice, is that many of the previous GTK2 based plugins no longer (or are unlikely to) work with the newer versions of Rhythmbox.
In addition, the folder locations and plugin syntax has slightly changed. If you skip to the bottom of this answer I will give an overview of this.
In terms of whether there is an easier method to install these plugins I have created my own PPA with some of the plugins which I have tried and can confirm do work in the stock rhythmbox versions found in 12.04 though to 14.04 (and later)
to add my PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins
sudo apt-get update
If you want to install all the plugins:
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-complete
Alternatively - install the individual packages as described below.
Note 1 - Rhythmbox v2.99.1 introducing major changes to the menu structure and many plugins that expose their functionality through menus will need to be recoded & rewritten. Not all plugins have been updated. To see if your favourite plugin is available, visit my launchpad page and look for the saucy package. If it is not available, contact the plugin author (links below) to raise the issue or if possible submit code fixes.
Note 2 - Rhythmbox v2.99.1 removes toolbar menu options. If the plugin in previous versions used the toolbar, look to activate the plugin via a Tool menu option
Note 3 - Rhythmbox v3.0 and later introduces Python3 plugins. Older versions of Rhythmbox use Python2 and are no longer compatible with Rhythmbox 3
Note 4 - if you are aware of other GTK3 working plugins not in this PPA, please drop a comment or contact me via my Launchpad ID and I'll will look into whether it is possible to include these in this PPA. For problems with the plugins themselves, contact the maintainer themselves (homepage links below).
Searches the web for the album art of the currently playing song using
Google image search APIs. From the resulting images, one can then
choose an image to set as album art.
This plugin searches Google for album art. It allows to to select the cover-art for the playing sound-track. You have the option to save a picture in
- the internal database rhythmbox coverart folder (Rhythmbox Location)
- the actual song filesystem folder (Song Folder)
- the users home pictures folder (Pictures Folder)
I'm particularly fond with this since I've helped re-coding this one to make it work in 12.04
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-albumartsearch
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Album Art Search Panel plugin
tip - disable the Context Pane so that you can display all your album art in the right-hand pane.
Allow to remote control Rhythmbox v2.96 or later with Banshee remote application
from Nikitas Stamatopoulos
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-android-remote
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Rhythmbox Android Remote plugin
- Launch banshee remote in Android phone
- Connect to the computer IP where RB is working, using port 8484. You may need to allow tcp 8484 through any firewalls.
- Control it!
Press the Menu button and then Sync to select the artist and songs to play.
Instructions for the app here.
Brings back the large coverart display found in Rhythmbox 2.96 for later Rhythmbox users
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-artdisplay
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Art Display plugin
Really close rhythmbox when clicking the x button on the window. For those people who dislike Ubuntu's predeliction to hide when closing, this plugin is for you.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-close-on-hide
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Close On Hide plugin
Browse your albums using the cover-art stored with your album.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-coverart-browser
Start Rhythmbox, enable the CoverArt-browser plugin
Drop in replacement for the default ArtSearch plugin. This plugin allows you to control where you get your coverart from as well as having more internet search providers to search from. It also has many bug-fixes that the default ArtSearch plugin does not contain.
This works standalone or is combination with v0.8 & later of Coverart Browser
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-coverart-search
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Coverart Search Providers plugin
This applet allows you to create random playlist using keywords from your music collection for whatever duration you wish to define.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-countdown-playlist
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Countdown Playlist plugin
... and on mouse-over...
This applet allows you to display the coverart for tracks & albums and control rhythmbox from your desktop
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-desktopart
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Desktop Art plugin
10 band equalizer for Rhythmbox.
It does what the name suggests - it modifies the sound according to a number of presets
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-equalizer
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Equalizer plugin. Start the Equalizer from the Control main-menu
When the plugin is enabled, you will notice an option in the right-click menu of music items (like songs) that will read 'Organize selection'. Clicking this will organize the selected files following a defined structure for both folders and filenames. Thats all there is to it. See the README file for more details.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-fileorganizer
Start Rhythmbox, enable the File Organizer plugin.
picture from authors website
Find and display the guitar tablature (also for drum and bass when
available) of the current playing song from tab websites. The
tablatures will be showed in a small panel integrated in the Rhythmbox
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-tabguitar
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Tab Search Plugin plugins
tip - disable the Context Pane so that you can display all your guitar tablature in the right-hand pane.
Hide (v2.96 - v3.0+)
Allows rhythmbox to either hide or minimize on launch. This is very useful to allow rhythmbox to start from Startup Applications without the main rhythmbox window from appearing
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-Hide
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Rhythmbox Hide plugin
Adds a context menu entry and a tool-bar button to jump to the playing
Very simple plugin - if you have a large list, clicking the toolbar button or right-clicking any song highlights in that list the currently playing song.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-jumptoplaying
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Jump to Playing plugin
This applet allows you to play, search, enqueue using the keyboard
It's very similar to the 'Jump to File' feature in Winamp, including
the ability to enqueue a song.
It doesnt matter if Rhythmbox has focus or not - the global hotkey you define launches a window allowing you to add songs to the play queue.
To see this in action - fire-up rhythmbox, enable the plugin and press Shift+Ctrl+J to see this in action.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-jumptowindow
Start Rhythmbox, enable the JumpToWindow plugin
to define the global hotkey
For gnome go to System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Add and add the above command.
Use whatever keyboard combination you want e.g. CTRL+G, play a song in Rhythmbox and use CTRL+G to launch the JumpToWindow
This python plugin gives you a stylish full screen window usable for parties etc.:
- Pulsating hover effect
- Album art
- Smoothly animated progress bar
- Control: Play/pause/skip
- Scrolling by cursor position
- Queued tracks merged
- Full screen - or maximized window via the plugin preferences
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-fullscreen
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Fullscreen plugin
Add some LastFM related functionality to Rhythmbox: love/ban buttons,
playcount sync and loved tracks sync.
Also available is the ability to finger-print a song i.e. find the track-details for a song based upon the audio in the track.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-lastfm-extension
Start Rhythmbox, enable the lastfm extension plugin
Connect to your LastFM account through the preferences button. Note - you need to authorise via this button because it does not use the default LastFM plugin authorisation method.
This plugin automatically queues tracks from your music library based upon the currently playing track.
It uses LastFM (no login required) to match similar songs - if the list of similar songs match your music library then those tracks are queued.
to install (64bit users only):
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-lastfm-queue
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Last.FM Dynamic Tracks plugin
Then play a song - watch as other songs from your library are automatically queued.
lLyrics (v2.96 - v3.0+)
Displays lyrics for the current playing song in the right sidebar.
This plugin searches and displays the lyrics for the currently playing song. You can also manually find lyrics for any song in your database.
This plugin is useful for those people where the inbuilt plugin does not work.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-llyrics
Start Rhythmbox, enable the lLyrics plugin
Then restart Rhythmbox for the toolbar button to become visible.
tip 1 - disable the Context Pane so that you can display all your lyrics in the right-hand pane.
tip 2 - look for the lyrics menu option (global menu in Unity) for many more Lyrics options and functionality
This plugin allows you to loop whole or parts of songs over and over again.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-looper
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Looper plugin
send notice about current music to a microblogging service from
Rhythmbox (currently supports twitter and identica)
This plugin allows you to tweet etc the current song.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-microblogger
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Microblogging plugin
Click the preferences button next to the plugin to connect Rhythmbox to twitter etc.
Press CTRL+M to tweet your currently playing song.
Adds an option to open the folder containing the selected track(s) to the right click context menu
This plugin allows you to find the folder for the selected music track.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-opencontainingfolder
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Open Containing Folder plugin
A parametric equalizer plug-in for rhythmbox with up to 64 freely configurable bands.
use this parametric EQ to improve your room response (especially for small rooms) and frequencies below 100 Hz.
This is described in detail here
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-parametriceq
Start Rhythmbox, enable the ParametricEQ plugin
A Rhythmbox plugin to export all of your playlists with one click or to import them back again in one click. This allows for synchronizing across computers (with any sync program), and backing up.
Define your backup folder through the plugin preferences. Then use the Tools - Export option to save your playlists. Copy the playlists to your new computer and then use the Tools - Import option to reimport the playlists.
Do not use the import option without having exported first otherwise your playlists will be removed!
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-playlist-import-export
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Playlist Import/Export plugin
Find internet radio stations and rip tracks
This plugin allows you to search the internet for radio-stations. Once found you have the ability to rip the tracks being played as MP3 files.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-radio-browser
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Internet Radio Station Browser plugin
Do you prefer listening to whole albums but aren't sure which one
you're in the mood for? This plugin for Rhythmbox queues a random
album and plays it immediately.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-randomalbumplayer
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Random Album Player plugin
Press Alt+R or select from the menu Control - Random Album
This plugin allows you to filter your default Library source by Ratings.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-rating-filters
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Rating Filters plugin
Plugin to remember the last playing song, source (radio station,
playlist), browser values (genre, album, artist)
This is a very useful plugin - when you next start Rhythmbox, it will continue playing the last song that was last playing before Rhythmbox was closed.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-remembertherhythm
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Remember The Rhythm plugin
Note - when you enable the plugin, Rhythmbox will close unexpectedly. Don't worry. Next time subsequently restart, the plugin will be enabled and will continue to work.
"Repeat one song" feature for Rhythmbox
Adds a toolbar option to repeat the selected track when the toolbar option is clicked.
Note - it does not repeat a song from the Play Queue.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-repeat-one-song
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Repeat One Song plugin
Control Rhythmbox from virtually any internet-browser enabled device - from IPod, Android, MS Windows etc
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-rhythmweb
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Rhythmweb plugin, then start your internet-browser enabled device and browse to the PC IP address that rhythmbox is running on - suffix the URL with
Control Rhythmbox from virtually an internet-browser such as Firefox
to install (64bit users only):
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-rhythmremote
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Rhythmremote plugin, then start your internet-browser enabled device and browse to the PC IP address that rhythmbox is running on - suffix the URL with
By default, rhythmbox continues to play whenever the screensaver is activated. This plugin pauses Rhythmbox when the GNOME screensaver is activated and continues to play when the screensaver is unlocked.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-screensaver
Start Rhythmbox, enable the screensaver plugin
Seek (v2.96 - v2.98)
A simple plugin for Rhythmbox that allows you to seek
forwards/backwards in the current track. Fast-forward or rewind, in
Use CTRL+Left/Right Arrow to seek forward/backwards.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-seek
Start Rhythmbox, enable the seek plugin
Small but useful plugin that allows you to send a track or groups of tracks to the beginning of the play-queue rather than the default which is queuing at the end of the play queue.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-send-first
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Send-first plugin
Adds a menu option (View - Small Window Mode) to shrink rhythmbox controls to a tiny window with just the essential controls visible.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-smallwindow
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Small Window plugin
Adds a visual music spectrum to rhythmbox
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-spectrum
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Spectrum plugin and use CTRL+S to start or hide the spectrum
This is a plugin for Rhythmbox, which adds an option to stop playback after current track.
Useful where you do not want the music to stop abruptly but you do not want to wait until the current playlist finishes
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-stopafter
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Stop After Current Track plugin
Suspend computer at the end of queue or playlist
Use the plugin preferences to set the timeout and also whether to shutdown (default) or to suspend your computer
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-suspend
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Suspend plugin
This notification icon is useful for desktops that do not have a media-plugin/indicator support.
You can control rhythmbox via the icon and you can directly control the rhythmbox volume by scrolling over the icon.
To use in Unity you need to whitelist this.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-tray-icon
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Tray Icon plugin
tip - make sure you have the MPRIS plugin enabled otherwise the tray-icon will not work.
With one click you can:
Search current playing/selected song on Youtube.
Search its album on Wikipedia, AllMusic, RateYourMusic, AllAboutJazz, DiscoGS, Last.fm, Grooveshark, Facebook, Amazon.
Search its artist on Wikipedia, AllMusic, RateYourMusic, DiscoGS, Last.fm, Facebook, Myspace, Torrentz.
Open the artist official website [beta].
You can personalize your Web Menu by choosing which websites are shown in each sub-menu.
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-webmenu
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Web Menu plugin
Search for selected artist, album, track or genre at the click of a
By right-clicking a track, you can search Wikipedia for details about the track. This will open your default browser with the associated Wikipedia page (if available).
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-wikipedia
Start Rhythmbox, enable the Wikipedia Search plugin
Installing plugins manually
You can install a GTK3 plugin for a specific user in their home folder:
For a system-wide plugin there are two folders:
/usr/share/rhythmbox/plugins. The former contains the plugin code. The latter contains the data specific to a plugin.
A GTK3 plugin consists of two files -
.plugin and the plugin module. For a plugin written in Python, this module are often files that have the suffix-filename of
.plugin file has the following example entries:
Name=Album Art Search Panel
Description=Search album art using google image search. Adapted from context pan
e plugin by John Iacona
Authors=Rupesh Kumar <kumar_rupesh at hotmail.com>,Luqman Aden <laden@uwaterloo.
Copyright=Copyright © 2010 Rupesh Kumar, 2011 Luqman Aden
The syntax of these
.plugin files is important and differ from the GTK2 base plugins.
For some general tips when looking to install manually.
- sometimes the plugins are zipped up. Download and extract to a known folder. Create a sub-folder under
~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins and move the files extracted into that sub-folder.
- if no zip file is available, you may have to use
git to pull the code down.
sudo apt-get install git
git clone git://[full git path]
git clone git://github.com/fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins.git