Audacious Is Lightweight Audio Player For Linux, Supports Drag & Drop


Audacious is an open source audio player for the Gnome desktop which has been designed to provide smooth audio playback with a low memory stamp (approximately 7.3 MB) and decoding correctness. It is compatible with UNIX and Linux operating system with limited support for Windows OS. Audacious is also the default audio player for Lubuntu and  and Ubuntu Studio. It supports a large array of audio formats and also allows creating instant playlists via drag & drop. The playlists can be played and managed within separate tabs instead of a cluttered interface. Audacious also comes with different skins including a Winamp like interface. The supported audio formats include Mp3, FLAC, Ogg, Vorbis, AAC, WAV, TTA, WMA, ALAC and more.

To start playing songs simply drag & drop audio file(s) and click Play. The toolbar contains all the basic audio track playback and navigation control with a sound volume controller and playlist shuffle/repeat mode, whereas the main window displays audio tracks in current playlist.


You can instantly drag additional files over the application to initiate a new tabbed playlist. The playlist can be renamed by right-clicking on the tab name and selecting “Rename” option.


The position of songs in a playlist queue can be changed via right-click context menu. Other options in the context menu allow obtaining song info, editing metadata information, and cut, copy, paste and refresh playlist options.

Context Menu

To instantly jump to a song or to switch the song timeline, go to the Playback drop down menu, select Jump to Time or Jump to Song option and select the respective option in the new window which pops-up. For example, you can jump to a different song in the playlist or start a song from a specific portion (e.g. 55 seconds).

Jump to track

You can change the Audacious interface skin from View –> Interface and switch between the default GTK and Winamp style skin.


Audacious can be installed from either the source package of Launchpad link given below or from the Ubuntu repositories via the Ubuntu Software Center.

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