Since I upgraded to 13.10, I cannot export CD tracks in Rhythmbox. It told me "Additional software is required to encode media in your preferred format: Vorbis encoder" I click install, and it loops back and does not work.

I un-installed Rhythmbox, re-installed it, and it still does not work. Now when I click install, I get "Invalid Commandline. The parameters passed to the application had an invalid format. Please file a bug!

The parameters were: --transient-for=65011715 gstreamer|1.0|rhythmbox|Vorbis encoder|encoder-audio/x-vorbis"

I also renamed the rhythmbox folders in ~/.cache and ~/.local - this also made new difference.

Is this a bug, or do I have something set up incorrectly here?

If it makes a difference, I am running on a Dell D630.


The message is erroneous & a long standing bug. Vorbis encoding is default enabled & if you just went ahead it would work

To 'fix'

Under Preferences > Music > Format settings choose one of the 3 options, for either constant or varible set a quality.

Then close & re-open RB, the so called error will be gone

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after restarting RB the install box will be gone


I fixed it by commenting the preset line in the streamprofile-oggvorbix-1 section of the file /usr/share/rhythmbox/rhythmbox.gep :

parent = oggvorbis
type = audio

### Comment the following line by adding a # at the beginning of the line.
# preset = Ubuntu

format = audio/x-vorbis
presence = 1
  • Thank you! This actually worked, unlike the other answers. I hope they fix this bug soon. – Serrano Sep 14 '15 at 4:32

Try installing vrobis-tool. To install just click vorbis-tool Install comixcursors-lefthanded

  • That did not work - I still get the "Unable to transfer tracks: Additional software is required to encode media in your preferred format:Vorbis encoder". If I click Install, I still get the message above. The debug vorbis-tool version did not give any more information either. – user206097 Oct 24 '13 at 14:57

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