Install Exaile media player and Enjoy Your Music

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Exaile is a media player aiming to be similar to KDE's AmaroK, but for GTK+. It incorporates many of the cool things from AmaroK (and other media players) like automatic fetching of album art, handling of large libraries, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via the wikipedia, support, optional iPod support (assuming you have python -gpod installed).

In addition, Exaile also includes a built in shoutcast directory browser, tabbed playlists (so you can have more than one playlist open at a time), blacklisting of tracks (so they don't get scanned into your library), downloading of guitar tablature from, and submitting played tracks on your iPod to

Preparing your system

First you need to install the following packages

sudo apt-get install python-pyvorbis python-pysqlite2 python-mutagen python-pyogg python-elementtree

Install Exaile media player in Ubuntu Edgy

First you need to download the latest version of Exaile media player .deb package from here using the following command


Now you have exaile_0.2.7_i386.deb package you need to install this package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i exaile_0.2.7_i386.deb

If you want to install exaile media player from source list use the following procedure

Edit your /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line save and exit the file

deb edgy exaile-svn

Then type this in a terminal

Now you need to copy the key using the following command

wget -O- | sudo apt-key add --

Update the source list

sudo apt-get update

Install exaile media player using the following command

sudo apt-get install exaile

if you only want the stable versions, you can use the following line in /etc/apt/sources.list file and following the above procedure to install.

deb edgy exaile

This will complete the installation.If you want to open the application go to Applications--->Sound&Video-->Exaile

Once it opens you should see the following screen

Exaile Version Details

Enable Exaile Plugins

If you want to enable available plugins go to Tools--->Plugins

Once it opens you shold see the following screen with available plugins

Enable MP3 Support

Exaile uses the GStreamer engine for audio playback. You can play the audio formats of your choice by installing the appropriate GStreamer plugins without having to manually recompile the whole program. For example, since most Linux distributions don't support proprietary formats such as MP3 by default, you can add this functionality to Exaile (and other GStreamer-based programs) by installing the Ugly Plug-ins package.

To enable MP3 support in Ubuntu run the following command

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly

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7 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    I also had to install the ‘python-elementtree’ package before I could install exaile.deb.

  2. admin says:

    thanks peter i have updated this in main article

  3. vaughn says:

    Has anyone done this with Dapper? When I tried I got a message saying that Exaile wasn’t supported under Dapper and that I had to upgrade. That’s a bit stupid since Dapper is an LTS release and will be around for some time to come (especially since Edgy is… well edgy). I know I’ll eventually upgrade, but I’m waiting to see how stable Feisty is going to be. In the meantime, I’d like to try the newest release of Exaile on Dapper (Note of irony, I had no problem installing the latest version of Amarok under Dapper).

  4. admin says:

    try to download Exaile media player dapper package from here and install using the following command

    sudo dpkg -i exaile_0.2.8_i386dapper.deb

    hope this helps

  5. jj says:

    Your Edgy source “here” is now broken.

    After the Edgy entry,when talking about the SVN source, you may want to change “source list” to “SVN source code.” (As currently written it may confuse a newbie). Subsequently, I believe you do not need “Then type this in a terminal.”

    Thank you for the tutorial.

  6. Igor says:

    This article was handy. Thanks.

  7. stewie says:

    what about making it the default

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