How to install Rhythmbox in Ubuntu?

Rhythmbox is a free and open-source music player which comes default in distributions running on the GNOME desktop environment. It is highly scalable and can easily handle music libraries with a large number of songs. The functionalities of Rhythmbox can be enhanced using plugins.

In this article, I will discuss how to install Rhythmbox music player in Ubuntu.

Features of Rhythmbox

The key features of Rhythmbox are –

  • Free and opensource
  • Able to play different audio formats
  • Supports streamed internet radio and podcasts
  • You can burn CD/DVD from Rhythmbox playlists
  • It can display the lyrics while playing a song
  • DAAP sharing plugin allows you to share and play music on the local network
  • It can be controlled remotely using Web remote control plugin

How to install Rhythmbox in Ubuntu Linux

There are various ways in which you install Rhythmbox in Ubuntu. Use one of the given methods to install it on your system.

Installing Rhythmbox from Ubuntu repository

Rhythmbox is available in the default repository of Ubuntu you can download and install it from Ubuntu Software or by using the apt command in your terminal.

First, run the update command –

sudo apt update

Next, use the following command to install Rhythmbox on your system –

sudo apt install rhythmbox

Press y and then enter if it asks for your confirmation.

You can verify the installation by using –

rhythmbox --version

rhythmbox version

Installing Rhythmbox using Flatpak package

Flatpak is another way of building, distributing, and running sandboxed desktop applications on a Linux system.

To download the Rhythmbox Flatpak package first you need to install and configure Flatpak on your system.

To install Flatpak open your terminal and execute the given command –

sudo apt install flatpak -y

Next, add the Flathub repository by using the given command –

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Now use the given command to install the Rhythmbox Flatpak package –

sudo flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Rhythmbox3

You can run the Rhythmbox application by using –

flatpak run org.gnome.Rhythmbox3

Open Rhythmbox on your Ubuntu

Once the installation is successful you can launch the application by searching Rhythmbox in Ubuntu’s activities dashboard.

search rhythmbox

You can see the user interface of the Rhythmbox music player in the image below.

rhythmbox ui


Ok, so you have successfully installed Rhythmbox in your Ubuntu system. Now if you have a query then write us in the comments below.

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