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Source code

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+ (2.x) by default. This configuration is recommended for most users; however, Qt support is also included and gets closer to feature-complete with each release. When running ./configure, use the --enable-qt and --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: 3.8.2 (January 20, 2017)

Current testing release: 3.9-beta1 (July 10, 2017)

Older releases are available here. There are also -gtk3 branches available in the Git repositories.


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 Though it is no longer actively maintained, libaudclient still works with the current version of Audacious and can be downloaded separately.

Microsoft Windows

Instructions for installing Audacious from source in Windows (XP and newer) can be found in the “audacious” source package, in the win32 folder. 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, a binary version is provided in both .zip and .exe (NSIS installer) format:

Beta version:

Licensing notice

These files contain binaries of third-party software, 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 let us know on our forum.


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 Please note that these packages can be out of date.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

Note that the versions of Audacious available in Debian stable and Ubuntu LTS releases tend to be rather out of date. Web Upd8 maintains a PPA with newer versions for Ubuntu users.


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

Arch Linux

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.