Audacious is a free and open-source audio player software with a focus on low resource use, high audio quality, and support for a wide range of audio formats. It is designed primarily for use on POSIX-compatible systems such as Linux, with limited support for Microsoft Windows. Audacious is the default audio player in Lubuntu and Ubuntu Studio.
Audacious 3.10 on Arch Linux
|Initial release||October 24, 2005|
|Stable release||3.10.1 (December 26, 2018) [±]|
|Preview release||3.10-beta 1 (July 2, 2018 ) [±]|
|Written in||Originally in C99 and GTK, rewritten in C++11 and Qt at v3.6|
|Operating system||Linux, Windows XP and newer|
|Type||Audio player software|
|License||2-clause BSD license|
Audacious began as a fork of Beep Media Player, which itself is a fork of XMMS. William "nenolod" Pitcock decided to fork Beep Media Player after the original development team announced that they were stopping development in order to create a next-generation version called BMPx. According to the Audacious home page, Pitcock and others "had [their] own ideas about how a player should be designed, which [they] wanted to try in a production environment."
Since version 2.1, Audacious includes both the Winamp-like interface known from previous versions and a new, GTK-based interface known as GTKUI, which resembles foobar2000 to some extent. GTKUI became the default interface in Audacious 2.4.
Change to C++ and Qt
Before version 3.0, Audacious used the GTK 2.x toolkit by default. Partial support for GTK3 was added in version 2.5, and Audacious 3.0 has full support for GTK3 and uses it by default. However, dissatisfied with the evolution of GTK3, the Audacious team chose to revert to GTK2 starting with the 3.6 release, with long-term plans of porting to Qt.
As of August 08, 2018, the official website has HTTPS enabled site-wide and GTK3 support was dropped completely.
Audacious contains built-in gapless playback.
Default codec support
- MP3 using libmpg123
- Advanced Audio Coding (AAC and AAC+)
- Shorten (SHN)
- TTA (codec)
- Windows Media Audio (WMA)
- Apple Lossless (ALAC)
- 150 different module formats
- Several chiptune formats: AY, GBS, GYM, HES, KSS, NSF, NSFE, SAP, SPC, VGM, VGZ, VTX
- PlayStation Audio: Portable Sound Format (PSF and PSF2)
- Nintendo DS Sound Format: 2SF
- Ad-lib chiptunes via AdPlug library
- WAV formats provided by libsndfile plug-in.
- MIDI via native OS synthesizer control or TiMidity.
- CD Audio
Current versions of the Audacious core classify plug-ins as follows (some are low level and not user-visible at this time):
- Decoder plug-ins, which contain the actual codecs used for decoding content.
- Transport plug-ins, which are lowlevel and implemented by the VFS layer.
- General plug-ins, which provide user-added services to the player (such as sending tracks with AudioScrobbler)
- Output plug-ins, which provide the audio system backend of the player.
- Visualization plug-ins, which provide visualizations based on fast Fourier transforms of the wave data.
- Effect plug-ins, which provide various sound processing on the decoded audio stream
- Container plug-ins, which provide support for playlists and other similar structures.
- Lowlevel plug-ins, which provide miscellaneous services to the player core and are not categorized into any of the other plug-ins.
- Output plug-ins:
- PulseAudio output
- OSS4 output
- ALSA output
- Sndio output
- SDL output
- FileWriter plug-in – no sound is played, the output is instead redirected into a new file: this plug-in supports the output file formats: WAV, mp3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC, it can be used to transcode a file and also to rip a CD
- JACK output
Audacious has full support for Winamp 2 skins, and as of version 1.2, some free-form skinning is possible. Winamp .wsz skin files, a type of Zip archive, can be used directly, or can be unarchived to individual directories. The program can use Windows Bitmap (.bmp) graphics from the Winamp archive, although native skins for Linux are usually rendered in Portable Network Graphics (.png) format. Audacious 1.x allows the user to adjust the RGB color balance of any skin, effectively making a basic white skin equivalent to a host of colorized skins without editing them manually.
Connection to Audacious for remote control can be done over plain DBus, by using an MPRIS-compatible client, or using the official Audtool utility created just for this purpose.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Audacious (software).|
- Lindgren, John (26 December 2018). "audacious-3.10.1". Retrieved 2 January 2019.
- "Linux manual page for Audacious". Archived from the original on 2011-08-17.
- "Audacious 2.5-alpha1 release announcement". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.
- "lubuntu 11.04 released". Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2011-05-13.
- "UbuntuStudio/PackageList – Ubuntu Wiki".
- "Audacious – Frequently Asked Questions". Archived from the original on 2010-05-06.
- "Audacious 2.5 release announcement". Archived from the original on 2011-06-22.
- "Audacious 3.0-alpha1 release announcement". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.
- "GTK2 port".
- "Audacious 3.10 released". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
GTK+ 3.x support is also gone for real in this release. .... Use Qt 5 if GTK+ 2.x is too "outdated"
- McFarland, Patrick (5 December 2006). "From XMMS to Audacious: The history of a Winamp clone". Free Software Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013.