I want one song to repeat. Unfortunately, this is not possible. The only possible solution is to create a playlist with that one song and play it on loop, but this is not convenient. Are there any plugins or tweaks to get this functionality?

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Alternative Toolbar (Rhythmbox Versions 3.0 and later)

Repeat once functionality is inbuilt to this plugin via the play-toolbar popup


As the author I've described this in my blog. In summary, install via my PPA package (PPA instructions below) "rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar", or following the manual installation instructions at the project homepage.

Repeat One Song (Rhythmbox versions v2.96 - v.2.98)

There is now a useful plugin you can add to Rhythmbox to give you this functionality.


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"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.

to install

You can use the instructions in the link below to add my PPA and install the plugin ("rhythmbox-plugin-repeat-one-song").

Alternatively, download the .tar.gz file from the homepage (link above), extract and copy the files into the folder ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins/repeat-one-song

Start Rhythmbox, enable the Repeat One Song plugin: Edit --> Plugins

Repeat One Song (Rhythmbox versions v2.99 and later)

For v2.99 and later the "Repeat one" button is replaced by the source "Edit - Repeat Current Song" menu option

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    This should not be a plugin.. It should be there by default if rhythmbox wants to call itself a music player.
    – nedR
    Feb 3, 2014 at 12:26
  • I tried both methods of installing the plugin, but the button does not appear in my Rhythmbox (version 3.2.1). Do you have any idea why it does not work? Jan 1, 2016 at 21:28
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    @StefanHamcke - thanks for the prompt - I've reworked this answer to give the latest state of play.
    – fossfreedom
    Jan 1, 2016 at 22:16
  • Holy crap, 2023 and Rhythmbox still hasn't this feature. Apr 4 at 18:52

As of 13.04 still no love on the repeat-one functionality. The plug-in doesn't work for me, and I can't be bothered with making a playlist every time I want to repeat a song, but I did stumble upon this interesting workaround:

In the rythmbox music player, type the exact title of the song you want to repeat in the search field--the goal of this is to come up with a result-set of one. Play the song, toggle the repeat button and voila!

My guess is that a search result has the effect of creating a temporary playlist. Silly that you have to do that but it works very well. :)

  • Great that is a good workaround :) Dec 24, 2013 at 5:28

A temporary solution (until developers will add this support) is to create a playlist with the one song. You can then choose repeat all and because there is only one song in the playlist it will repeat this song.


I had the same trouble.

But it seemed to be solved after installation of rhythmbox-plugin-complete in my case.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-complete

See Also: How do I install third-party rhythmbox plugins?

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