Is there any ultra lightweight music player for Ubuntu (like foobar)?

Preferably with Unity taskbar integration.


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Audacious is integrated in Lubuntu by default, because of its light-weightedness. You can try it: sudo apt-get install audacious. It supports two different layouts: a GTK-interface, and a Winamp-like interface, from which the latter can be skinned. It doesn't support Unity Sound Menu integration.

This is the GTK-interface.

Above: the GTK-interface

This is the Winamp-like interface

Above: the Winamp-like interface


My favorite Foobar2000 substitute is gmusicbrowser: "An open-source jukebox for large collections of mp3/ogg/flac/mpc/ape files, written in perl."

I'm not sure how lightweight it is, but it has one feature which made me fall in love with FooBar2000: multiple entries per tag! That is, you can tag your duets with two artist names and have only "Artist A" and "Artist B" in you set of artist instead of also "Artist A feat. Artist B". The same goes for genres etc. Wonderful for large music collections! Highly recommended!


Using Xubuntu for a while and fanatically searched for a player that would be light and also would have some essential (to me) capabilities like folder/file browsing and multiple/tabbed play lists. I think most out there are too weak or too bloated. Clementine seemed ok until I found Deadbeef. Deadbeef beats them all.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexey-smirnov/deadbeef
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deadbeef

Or download as .deb here.

To have the file browser you must install a plugin. Plugins have the .so extension and you have to open the file explorer (e.g. thunar) in root (sudo thunar) and put these files in ~/.local/lib/deadbeef/ folder.

  • I think you could remove "It is said to be the future default player in Lubuntu."
    – user25656
    May 8, 2013 at 10:16
  • @vasa1 - did that. have you more info on the matter?
    – user47206
    May 8, 2013 at 10:20
  • No, but I haven't come across any chatter indicating the inclusion of this player in a future release. There's generally a discussion in the mailing list of any impending changes.
    – user25656
    May 8, 2013 at 10:24
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    @vasa1 - about a year and a few months ago i was so new to ubuntu i misunderstood an old post about ubuntu 10.10
    – user47206
    May 8, 2013 at 10:34

Try qmmp Install qmmp.

It's very similar to winamp and supports winamp skins. Right click on the interface, 'Settings' (Ctrl-P), 'Appearance' - Skins - Add.

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or copy the .wsz files to ~/.qmmp/skins

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Can handle multiple playlists - go to 'Settings' (Ctrl-P), 'Playlist' and check 'Show playlists'.

And it will look like so (example with a different skin):

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It's in Ubuntu repositories.


Check out: http://www.xnoise-media-player.com/, you can get it on Ubuntu through:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shkn/xnoise
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xnoise xnoise-plugins

But no taskbar integration (yet).


try quark you can find it here. It's very light.


foobar2000 is a freeware snap package that can be easily installed in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu with the following command.

sudo snap install foobar2000


  • Supported audio formats are MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND and more with additional components.
  • Gapless playback
  • Easily customizable user interface layout
  • Advanced tagging capabilities
  • Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component
  • Full ReplayGain support
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts
  • Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player

f you need to have full access to external media (such as USB flash drive, SD/MicroSD card, additional mounted hard drive and so on), run the following command:

sudo snap connect foobar2000:removable-media

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