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Qmmp – Multimedia Player for Linux (Alternative to Winamp or XMMS)

Qmmp Media Player for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

If you are familiar with Winamp or XMMS then this music player should not appear strange to you. After all, it has been in development for over 10 years!

Qmmp is a Qt-based multimedia player with a focus on simplicity and versatility. It features a simple but nice UI, an inbuilt music tag editor, and support for plugins.

Features in Qmmp

  • Alternative User Interfaces using themes.
  • Download playlist from https.
  • Gambegoy Support in game plugin.
  • Inbuilt tag editor.
  • Support for WASAPI.
  • Supports DirectSound output.
  • Supports FLAC bitrate calculation.
  • Supports language translation.
  • Supports PCM Wave.
  • Comprehensive documentation for beginners and professionals alike.

Install Qmmp in Ubuntu and Derivatives

The Qmmp release PPA has made packages available for Ubuntu 12.04 up to 17.04. Installation via the terminal is pretty straightforward.

Add the PPA by entering the following command in a new terminal window and enter your password when prompted:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack
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The above commands will install Qt4 version of Qmmp 0.10.9 in Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 14.04, and install Qt5 version of Qmmp 1.1.9 in Ubuntu 16.04 and higher.

Because you’re probably running Ubuntu 16.04 or higher run this command instead:

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install qmmp-qt4 qmmp-plugin-pack-qt4

Uninstall Qmmp

Uninstalling Qmmp is even easier. All you have to do is run the following command in a new terminal window:

$ sudo apt-get remove qmmp qmmp-qt4 qmmp-plugin-* && sudo apt-get autoremove

And to confirm that it’s off your workstation, check your PPA repository via System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software.

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For other Linux distributions, follow the installation instructions at qmmp download page.

Have you used Winamp player before? And what do you think about Qmmp? Too simple or is it just your type of media player? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • Roy Markham

    XMMS rocks – haven’t tried Qmmp. but XMMS uses less cpu to play then most other players over Amarok etc. XMMS is Winamp for Linux – the best player out there.

    • Martins Divine Okoi

      I can relate.
      Try Qmmp and see what you think about it in comparison with XMMS.