The Audacious source is split into two packages. The “audacious” package needs to be installed before “audacious-plugins”. In each package, there is a file named INSTALL with further instructions for compiling and installing. (These instructions are not very helpful at the moment but will be improved as we have time.)
Audacious uses GTK+ by default but can be configured to use Qt. When running
./configure, use the
--disable-gtk options as desired. Any combination is possible: GTK+ only, Qt only, both, or neither (for a headless music player “daemon”).
Most users should download the current stable release. Testing releases are likely to have problems and may not work at all. If you do install a testing release, please report any problems you find.
Current stable release: 3.6.2 (May 30, 2015)
For GTK+ 2 or Qt 5:
For GTK+ 3:
Current testing release: 3.7-alpha1 (June 29, 2015)
For GTK+ 2 or Qt 5:
For GTK+ 3:
Older releases are available here.
libaudclient is a legacy D-Bus client library that used to be included with Audacious. Though it is no longer actively maintained, libaudclient still works the current version of Audacious and can be downloaded separately.
- libaudclient-3.5-rc2.tar.bz2 (90 KB)
Most Linux distributions provide Audacious in their package repositories. Please note that these packages can be out of date.
Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint
Users of Debian and its derivatives can install Audacious with apt-get:
# apt-get install audacious
Fedora users can install Audacious using yum:
# yum install audacious
However, the “audacious-plugins” package distributed by Fedora is lacking important plugins; most notably, the MP3 decoder plugin. The missing plugins can be installed by enabling the RPM Fusion repositories and running:
# yum install audacious-plugins-freeworld
Audacious can be installed in Arch Linux using pacman:
# pacman -S audacious
Some plugins may fail to load unless all optional dependencies of the “audacious-plugins” package are satisfied. The ArchWiki has additional information about running Audacious on Arch Linux.
Gentoo includes Audacious in its portage tree, as media-sound/audacious. You can install the Gentoo ebuilds using emerge:
# emerge media-sound/audacious
To get the latest version, you may need to use the testing branch. See the Gentoo documentation for more details.
Instructions for installing Audacious from source in Windows (XP and newer) can be found in the “audacious” source package under contrib/win32/. However, installation from source is a time-consuming process because of the number of third-party libraries that must first be downloaded and installed. For your convenience, we provide a .zip file containing binaries of Audacious and its plugins along with these libraries:
After unzipping this file, simply navigate to the newly created “bin” folder and run audacious.exe. No other installation steps are required.
This .zip file contains binaries of third-party software (listed in the file README.txt) whose source code is freely available on the Internet. Our intent in distributing these binaries is in no way to restrict access to the source code but simply to make life easier for those wishing to run Audacious on Microsoft Windows. If any of the authors of this software do not wish their work distributed in this way, please contact John Lindgren at the email address listed in README.txt.