How do I play midi files under Audacious? I am currently running Xenial Xerus LTS with:

andrew@athens:~$ audacious --version
Audacious 3.6.2 (Ubuntu package)

I have been using this Wiki midi file to test:



2 Answers 2


Audacious under Xenial Xerus comes equipped with the AMIDI-Plug (Midi Player) plugin but what is missing by default is:

  1. An appropriate Sound Font
  2. The appropriate setup from within Audacious to use this Sound Font

To get a decent Sound Font run the following command from a Terminal window:

sudo apt-get install fluid-soundfont-gm fluid-soundfont-gs

This places a sound font in /usr/share/sounds/sf2/FluidR3_GM.sf2 and this can be sourced from within the Audacious preferences as this screenshot shows:


And now the test midi file from Wikipedia will play back in all the glory of that uniquely midi sound:

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  • Worked great for me. Dec 8, 2019 at 1:07
  • @Santropedro Good to that this old answer is still useful :)
    – andrew.46
    Dec 8, 2019 at 1:09

Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS (Lubuntu on my laptop) I ran

sudo apt-get install fluid-soundfont-gm fluid-soundfont-gs

but then I had to manually insert the sound font file into Audacious using the following menus:

services > plugins > Input > AMIDI-plug(MIDI player)

then clicked settings, then + to add the sound font. Once the sound font file location was added to AMIDI-Plugin everything worked great.

Sound font file ---> /usr/share/sounds/sf2/FluidR3_GM.sf2

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