Introduction to Audacious

Audacious is an audio player.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-10.1 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

Required Plugins

Audacious Dependencies


GTK+-2.24.33 or Qt-5.15.2 (or both), libxml2-2.9.10 (plugins), Xorg build environment (plugins), and X Window System (runtime)


ALSA-1.2.2 and dbus-1.12.20, also gnome-icon-theme-3.12.0 (runtime)


libarchive-3.5.1 and Valgrind-3.16.1

Recommended (for Plugins)

Optional (for Plugins)

cURL-7.75.0, FAAD2-2_10_0, FFmpeg-4.3.2, FLAC-1.3.3, LAME-3.100, libcdio-2.1.0 (to identify and play CDs), libnotify-0.7.9, libsamplerate-0.2.1, libsndfile-1.0.31, libvorbis-1.3.7, PulseAudio-14.2, SDL-1.2.15, ampache-browser, adplug, The Bauer stereophonic-to-binaural DSP (bs2b) library, FluidSynth, JACK (requires libsamplerate-0.2.1), libcue, libmodplug, libmms, libopenmpt, libsidplayfp, LIRC, sndio, SoX, and WavPack

User Notes:

Installation of Audacious

Installation of the Main Audacious Program

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.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Installation of Audacious Plugins

Install the required plugins package by issuing the following commands:

tar -xf ../audacious-plugins-4.1.tar.bz2                &&
cd audacious-plugins-4.1                                &&
TPUT=/bin/true ./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-wavpack &&

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+-2.24.33 or GTK+-3.24.25 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.26 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache -qtf /usr/share/icons/hicolor &&
update-desktop-database -q

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 prevents make from coloring the text.

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

--disable-wavpack: This switch is required unless the optional WavPack package is installed.

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

--disable-qt: Use this to disable qt support.

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

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

--disable-neon: Use this for the plugins if you have not installed neon, and do not want to use HTTP/HTTPS transport.

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 Qt 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 2021-02-25 10:46:48 -0800