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10 Best Radio Streaming Apps for Linux

Best Radio Steaming Software for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Music streaming is a lot more popular than before thanks to platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCloud, and Deezer.

One style that never seems to go out of fashion, though, is the radio. There are millions of people subscribed to radio channels just like on music playlists and podcasts.

Because we are your friends and we want you to enjoying your radio experience, here are the 10 best apps for streaming radio on Linux.

1. Odio

Odio is a relatively new (but closed source) radio streaming app with a beautiful UI resembling that of Spotify. It allows you to search for stations by country, language, and tags among other filtering options.

Odio Radio Streaming Software

Odio Radio Streaming Software

Odio features a light and dark theme, a stations library, and it is cross-platform.

Install Odio in Linux

----------- On Debian/Ubuntu ----------- 
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install snapd
$ sudo snap install odio

----------- On Fedora -----------
$ sudo dnf install snapd
$ sudo snap install odio

2. Gradio

Gradio is an open source radio streaming app built with GTK3. It has a grey background, Ubuntu-style fonts, and a UI like the default GNOME desktop.

Gradio Linux Internet Radio Player

Gradio Linux Internet Radio Player

Gradio allows you to edit radio station details, organize radio channels into collections, import radio libraries, etc.

Install Gradio in Linux

----------- On Debian/Ubuntu ----------- 
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:haecker-felix/gradio-daily
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install gradio

----------- On Fedora -----------
$ sudo dnf copr enable heikoada/gradio
$ sudo dnf install gradio

3. Radio Tray

Radio Tray runs in your Linux system tray to provide an easy way to stream radio channels online. It was built specifically to provide a minimalist interface for streaming online radio since there are already many music players to choose from.

Radio Tray - Online Radio Streaming Player

Radio Tray – Online Radio Streaming Player

Radio Tray supports plugins, M3U playlists with support for ASX, WAX and WVX formats, drag and drop, bookmarks, etc.

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Install Radio Tray in Linux

----------- On Debian/Ubuntu ----------- 
$ sudo apt-get install radiotray

----------- On Fedora -----------
$ sudo dnf install radiotray

4. Streamtuner2

Streamtuner2 is a GUI internet radio browser for streaming music and videos from several service directories conveniently listed in a single window.

Streamtuner2 Internet Radio Browser

Streamtuner2 Internet Radio Browser

It supports RadioBrowser, Xiph, YouTube, etc., plugins e.g. Delicast, customizable playback, and can work as a media player for local media content.

Install Streamtuner2 in Linux

----------- On Debian/Ubuntu ----------- 
$ sudo apt-get install streamtuner2

----------- On Fedora -----------
$ sudo dnf install streamtuner2

5. Great Little Radio Player

Great Little Radio Player is a robust radio streamer that enables you to stream radio channels directly from websites that support the feature irrespective of your location. It is completely free to use with a collection of 500+ radio stations.

Great Little Radio Player

Great Little Radio Player

Great Little Radio Player also has ready-made themes called coats and they are designed to resemble other famous UIs like iTunes, Spotify, etc. so be rest assured to find one in line with your preference.

There are .deb and .rpm packages are available to install from the download page.

6. Lollypop

Lollypop is a beautiful modern music player capable of playing both local media files and streaming online content from web services like Spotify.

Lollypop Music Player

Lollypop Music Player

Its main features include audio scrobbling, Last.fm and TuneIn support, metadata collection, and intuitive navigation.

Install Lollypop in Linux

----------- On Debian/Ubuntu ----------- 
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnumdk/lollypop
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install lollypop

----------- On Fedora -----------
$ sudo dnf install lollypop

7. Clementine

Clementine is a robust multiplatform, Amarok-inspired music player with more features than I can summarize. It supports streaming radio channels, updating metadata both manually and form the internet, playing audio CDs, podcasts, and CUE sheet.

Clementine Music Player

Clementine Music Player

It is one of the most popular music players and has successfully won the title of fan favourite by delivering an awesome performance since its first release in 2010.

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Install Clementine in Linux

----------- On Debian/Ubuntu ----------- 
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-davidsansome/clementine
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install clementine

----------- On Fedora -----------
$ sudo dnf install clementine

8. Rhythmbox

Rhythmbox is a popular customizable open source media player for smooth music playback and management.

Rhythmbox Music Player

Rhythmbox Music Player

Its features include a clean UI, playlists, podcast collections, radio streaming, and plugin support, among tons of other features.

Install Rhythmbox in Linux

----------- On Debian/Ubuntu ----------- 
$ sudo apt-get install rhythmbox

----------- On Fedora -----------
$ sudo dnf install rhythmbox

9. Curseradio

Curseradio is a python3 Internet radio application that runs in the terminal. It is both free to use and open source and although is designed to work with Tunein’s directory, you can adapt it to use other directories.

Curseradio Commandline Radio Player

Curseradio Commandline Radio Player

It uses the fan favourite MPV for its audio playback and keyboard controls for its usage.

Install Curseradio in Linux

----------- On Debian/Ubuntu ----------- 
$ sudo apt-get install curseradio

----------- On Fedora -----------
$ sudo dnf install curseradio

10. Guayadeque, The Linux Media Player

Guayadeque is a robust Linux media player for managing large collections of music and it is designed to adapt to the needs of any user.

Guayadeque Media Player

Guayadeque Media Player

Containing all the features you will search for in a music player and more e.g. Rip audio CDs, smart play mode, play and record shoutcast audios, it can be used to stream radio channels and organize your favourites into collections for easy access.

Install Guayadeque in Linux

----------- On Debian/Ubuntu ----------- 
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:anonbeat/guayadeque
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install guayadeque

----------- On Fedora -----------
$ sudo dnf install guayadeque

Which other awesome radio streaming applications do you know? Other titles you should check out include Tizonia and Yarock.

Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section below and don’t forget to share.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.