I can Google for stations I'd like to listen to, but I can't find the correct URL to put into Rhythmbox for them to work.

Do I need to find stations that offer a specific kind of protocol?

i.e. "PLS" (playlist?) Where are some top-notch places to find stations?



Shoutcast is a massive selection of individual radio stations (over 700 pages). There are so many stations that it is intimidating to even find one.

How to add Radio Stations to Rhythmbox?

  • Vist Shoutcast, find your favorite radio station, right click on it and select Save Link As, Save it in your music library.

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  • Right click on .pls file you just downloaded and select Open with Rhythmbox.
  • Alternatively, instead of saving the .pls file just copy the link location, in Rhythmbox select Radios in side bar and click on add, enter the link there and save it.

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  • 3rd option is to open the .pls file in Gedit and copy the address from there and add it to Rhythmbox.

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Or just install Guayadeque. Listen and browse the complete Shoutcast collection (Over 5,700 stations) and many other radio stations right from your desktop. It's available in Ubuntu Software Center.

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    This is a super answer. Option 1 failed for me with a Rhythmbox error (error in either Rhythmbox or Gstreamer). Option 2 worked a treat - and is easier. – Synesso May 26 '12 at 11:34
  • Awesome! Still valid for 2016. On Linux Mint Serena. – geeth Mar 16 '17 at 2:20

When I want to get the url of a radio stream I check the source code of the radio player. E.g this dutch radio station

Get the source code of the page and go to line 147, you will see this

{ codec: 'asx', url: 'http://livestreams.omroep.nl/npo/3fm-bb', stream: true }

Add the url to rhytmbox and voila.

  • have you managed to get a .pls playing in rythmbox? i too have tried for a specific station and can't? you still got a +1 – RobotHumans May 26 '12 at 7:52

http://listenlive.eu has a good database with easy access to the playlist files that Rhythmbox can make use of.


Yes a good answer from Basharat Sial.

It is too bad RhythmBox still cannot open downloaded .pls files by just clicking them. It was reported as a bug on 2006-10-04 (LP bug #62430), and still nobody had this fixed. Anyway if you want RhythmBox to run a specific .pls file you can open your terminal and run this:

rhythmbox-client --play-uri=[PATH HERE]

This solution was given under the discussion of the bug, but it is a long discussion and it can be difficult to spot it. It does not solve the bug, but it is a way to get around it. I know this info here is for the coding-oriented user, but now you know.

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    Your answer would be highly improved if you provide the link to that bug. – André Stannek Jan 30 '13 at 16:34

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