Introduction to Audacious

Audacious is an audio player.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 7.8-systemd platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

Required Plugins

Audacious Dependencies


GTK+-2.24.30 or Qt-5.6.0 (or both), libxml2-2.9.3 (plugins), Xorg build environment (plugins), and X Window System (runtime)


ALSA-1.1.1 and D-Bus-1.10.6


PCRE-8.38 or Oniguruma, and Valgrind-3.11.0

Optional (for Plugins)

cURL-7.49.0, FAAD2-2.7, FFmpeg-3.0.2, FLAC-1.3.1, LAME-3.99.5, libcdio-0.93 (to identify and play CDs), libnotify-0.7.6, libsamplerate-0.1.8, libsndfile-1.0.26, libvorbis-1.3.5, mpg123-1.23.3, neon-0.30.1 (for online mpg3 and ogg radio), PulseAudio-8.0, SDL-1.2.15, The Bauer stereophonic-to-binaural DSP (bs2b) library, FluidSynth, JACK (requires libsamplerate-0.1.8), libcue, libmodplug, libmms, LIRC, and WavPack

User Notes:

Installation of Audacious

Install Audacious by running the following commands (you may wish to change the stamp to another string):

TPUT=/bin/true ./configure --prefix=/usr \
                           --with-buildstamp="BLFS" &&

This package does not come with a test suite, but you can run, before installing, test src/balsa. You will see a lot of debugging messages scrolling in the console. This is actually useful because they can be used to track down a bug.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Installation of Audacious Plugins

Install the required plugins package by unpacking the tarball, changing into the newly created directory, and issuing the following commands:

TPUT=/bin/true ./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


This package installs icon files into the /usr/share/icons/hicolor hierarchy and desktop files into the /usr/share/applications hierarchy. You can improve system performance and memory usage by updating /usr/share/icons/hicolor/index.theme and /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache. To perform the update you must have GTK+-2.24.30 or GTK+-3.20.4 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.22 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache &&

Command Explanations

TPUT=/bin/true: the default is for make to output text in color. This is fine if you are building in a terminal, but if you script the build process and pipe the output from make to a log file then the control characters used to color the text can make the logfile unreadable. This option stops it coloring the text.

--with-buildstamp: This switch appends the given text to the version string.

--disable-gtk: Use this to disable GTK+ support.

--disable-mp3: Use this for the plugins if you have not installed mpg123 and do not wish to play mp3 files.

--enable-qt: Use this to enable Qt support.

--enable-valgrind: Allow better Valgrind leak checks.

Configuring Audacious

If you prefer the old, smaller Winamp/XMMS interface, click on View> Interface> Winamp Classic Interface.

If you built with both Gtk and Qt user interfaces, the Qt version can be executed from a terminal, issuing audacious --qt. If you wish a desktop menu entry to execute this Qt version, issue the following commands as the root user:

cp -v /usr/share/applications/audacious{,-qt}.desktop &&

sed -e '/^Name/ s/$/ Qt/' \
    -e '/Exec=/ s/audacious/& --qt/' \
    -i /usr/share/applications/audacious-qt.desktop


Installed Programs: audacious and audtool
Installed Libraries:,,,, and several plugin libraries under /usr/lib/audacious/ sub-directories
Installed Directories: /usr/include/{audacious,libaudcore,libaudgui,libaudqt}, /usr/lib/audacious and /usr/share/audacious

Short Descriptions


is a GTK+2 port of XMMS based on the Beep Media Player.


is a small tool to modify the behavior of a running audacious instance.

Last updated on 2016-05-06 20:40:16 -0500