Today I installed:

  1. Ubuntu 12.04
  2. Oracle JDK 7 and 8
  3. IntelliJ 11.1.4

I setup my JAVA_HOME path to point to JDK 7.

When I run IntelliJ I get this message:

Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module"

Is this a problem or can I over look this?

  • This is a fairly generic message. And a lot has changed since this question was posted. No more 32-bit versions are considered modern, for one. I posted the simple answer below that works in July 2017. Simply install that module. That's it.
    – SDsolar
    Jul 31, 2017 at 8:51

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I fixed this by installing the module:

sudo apt-get install libcanberra-gtk-module

Or if it's already installed and you still get the error:

sudo apt-get install libcanberra-gtk-module:i386
  • 4
    I have libcanberra-gtk-module already installed and it is still showing the error. any ideas?
    – Jim Ford
    Jun 4, 2014 at 15:44
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    @JimFord See askubuntu.com/questions/342202/…
    – belacqua
    Jul 8, 2014 at 15:48
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    I know this answer was written 4 years and 9 months ago, but here in July 2017 there are no more modern i386 versions being offered. They have become specialty items, mostly for maintenance purposes. So I posted a similar answer below, omitting the confusion about which command will work for you.
    – SDsolar
    Jul 31, 2017 at 8:48
  • Used for LibreOffice in a docker container
    – MrMesees
    Aug 31, 2017 at 21:14
  • Used first instruction without the :386 for successfully installing Gog's Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition in Fall 2021 without getting the "Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module"" error message on a "fresh" Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS install, with applied updates. Thanks!
    – jetimms
    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:29

This question is 4 years and 8 months old. It is now July 2017.

On a Raspberry Pi 3B running Raspbian Jessie and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS I was getting this error.

Failed to load module “canberra-gtk-module”

It is fairly generic.

The good news is that the fix is easy. Simply enter:

sudo apt-get install libcanberra-gtk-module

installed some stuff...

Then it never showed up again.


happened with a qt5 application using gtk theme on Ubuntu MATE

$ ./my-application
Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module"
Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "topmenu-gtk-module"

let's locate the libs

$ locate libcanberra-gtk-module.so

setting the LD_LIBRARY_PATH solves the issue

$ LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gtk-3.0/modules:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH ./my-application

or unset the GTK_MODULES environment variable

$ unset GTK_MODULES; ./my-application

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