Install Songbird Music Player in Ubuntu

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Install songbird in Ubuntu System

First thing is you need to Download songbird form here

Once you download the songbird you can see this file Songbird_0_2_1_linux-i686.tar.gz now you can move this to /opt directory using the following command

sudo mv Songbird_0_2_1_linux-i686.tar.gz /opt

Go to the /opt directory and now you need to extract this file using the following command

tar xzvf Songbird_0_2_1_linux-i686.tar.gz

Now you should see Songbird directory

Now you need to change owner permissions on sonbird directory using the following command if you want to run as perticular user

sudo chown -R ruchi:ruchi Songbird

You can replace the ruchi with the name of the user you want to run.

Now go in to the songbird directory and run songbird using the following command

cd Songbird

Now you are in /opt/Songbird directory run the following command to run songbird


This will open songbird application.

Download Songbird Icon

If you want to create application menu you need to have songbird icon for this you can download from here under buttons section in this example i have downloaded the button_pickup.png and now you need to rename this icon as songbird using the following command

mv button_pickup.png songbird.png

Now we need to place this icon in correct place i.e /usr/share/pixmaps using the following command

sudo cp songbird.png /usr/share/pixmaps

Creating Application Menu For Sonbird

Now we need to create a Application Menu for this Right click on Applications at the top of your desktop and select “Edit Menus“ option you can see this in the following screen

This will open Alacarte Menu Editor Once you open this you should see the following screen

On left side of the Alacarte Menu Editor select "Sound&Audio" and on the right side you need to click on "New Item" button

Once you click on new item button you should see the following screen here you need to select songbird icon, name, Comment and command options

First thing is click on "no icon" tab to upload songbird icon you should see the following screen here you need to select the icon image location as /usr/share/pixmaps/songbird.png and click on ok

Next You need to Name as Songbird and in comment field enter musicplayer or you can leave blank.In command option you need to select /opt/Songbird/Songbird and click on ok

After entering all the details you should see the following screen and click ok

Now you should see the songbird icon under show item and click on close

Now we need to open songbird from application menu for this go to Applications--->Sound&Video--->Songbird

First time you should see the songbird license screen and tick the box next to i agree and click on I Agree

Songbird welcome,optional extensions,privacy screen and click on ok

Songbird Music Player in Action

Songbird Music Player version details

That's it your songbird music player is ready to play for music and it is really worth to install and try to play your music.I am sure you would love it.

Songbird Extensions

If you want to install Songbird Extensions check here

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58 Responses

  1. Mato says:

    Great! And how do I uninstall Songbird?

  2. admin says:

    you need to remove /opt/Songbird directory and application menu

  3. depi says:

    Great tips, thanks!

  4. Wolfger says:

    Does Songbird handle aggregation (automatic podcast retrieval) well? I’m interested in something a bit less cumbersome than Amarok to use as a “podcatcher”.

  5. christooss says:

    Whats the difference between Songbird and Democracy TV?

  6. Garoth says:


    Song bird does not play with desktop composition (beryl, compiz/xgl….). It works, but does not wobble.

  7. joe says:

    can songbird access network files and locations

  8. David says:

    For some reason, I cannot get the program to install; I get a bash error on ./Songbird – cannot execute binary file ; ;

  9. Hodge says:

    Same here. At first I thought it was a dependency issue, so I verified that I had all of the packages and libraries listed at but still no joy.

  10. Steve Wade says:

    Thanks for the how to!!! Worked great!!

  11. Syed Junaid says:

    i tried installing i cant go ahead the first step

    sudo mv Songbird_0_3_20070217_linux-i686.tar.gz /opt
    its not working

  12. JJG says:

    to Garoth:

    Quote: “Song bird does not play with desktop composition (beryl, compiz/xgl….). It works, but does not wobble.”

    That is a beryl/xgl setting that you need to change. Beryl will make whatever type of window you want to wobble, but since Songbird doesn’t run inside a standard window, you need to set Beryl to wobble whatever type of window that is. It can be done as it is running on my machine.


  13. Chris says:

    For those of you getting the “Cannot Execute Binary File” Download the other Binary. The smaller of the two worked for me while the other gave me the error.


  14. Simon says:

    Hi, I have managed to install Songbird and set it all up, but when I go to run it I need to create a profile. I do this fine but when I try to use the profile I just created i get an error saying that it is already in use and I need to close the other instance of Songbird. However there is no other version running!
    Thanks for any help

  15. AlfOnsOs says:

    Thx for this HowTo!
    I can ear my music with songbird now!

  16. Bhavya says:

    Awesome! thanks!

  17. Aaron says:

    I am having a problem with the binary too. First off what do you mean by second binary? Where would i get it and what would i do with it?

  18. Levi says:

    Linux noob here working on a Dell Laptop. When I get to tar xzvf Songbird_0.3_linux-i686.tar.gz it says there is no such file or directory as Songbird. As you can tell I am trying with the newest version of Songbird.

  19. admin says:


    try to download .deb package from here install .deb package using the following command

    sudo dpkg -i *.deb

    if you have any error run the following command

    sudo apt-get -f install

  20. Smitty says:

    Hey man, thanks so much for your help. This is very useful.

  21. Truefire says:

    for this how to to work, the downloaded file must be in the Home directory.

  22. Farab says:

    Great work man!
    worked well for me.

  23. Aditya says:

    Hey,thank you so much. This works great. One thing though and I don’t know if this has been mentioned before in one of the comments — I had to prefix “sudo” for the tar command up there. I think it was because it needed permission to modify the /opt directory.

  24. AK says:

    Thanks boss, I’m linking to you and incorporating a lot of what you said into my blog.
    I gave you credit, so I hope that is close enough. It should be posted in a day or two.

  25. Afzes says:

    Yep, this works. Thanks.

  26. Elias K Gardner says:

    Its not clear to me where I can find the songbird .png icon file for creating a menu item. The sentence explaining this is a but of a run on.

    “If you want to create application menu you need to have songbird icon for this you can download from here under buttons section in this example i have downloaded the button_pickup.png and now you need to rename this icon as songbird using the following command”

    The link just brings me to the download page and I don’t know what or how to get tho the buttons section.


  27. Tim Evans says:

    Yep the instructions are somewhat error ridden – its curious why admin has not updated the instructions re: chown “you may want to change the username…” is just plain wrong.

    the sudo chown should be
    sudo chown -R $USER:$USER Songbird

    the $USER will be expanded to your username by the bash shell.
    Why $USER:$USER ?
    you are setting the owner and group.

    the file to run is songbird not Songbird

    the tar command must be prefixed with sudo

    most newbies don’t set the download folder in their browser, so the file downloads by default to the desktop, not the home dir. (newbies: you will want to change that in the browser)

    The Desktop is just another directory so you can cd to it.
    cd ~/Desktop
    will put on your home desktop where you can then sudo mv the file

    you don’t need to download the songbird.png it is in /opt/Songbird
    cd /opt/Songbird
    sudo cp songbird.png /usr/share/pixmaps/.

    and voila it will now show in the menu.

    So admin please dust off the keyboard and fix the errors.


  28. I wrote about this here.
    Great post.

  29. Sunil says:

    Excellent – very helpful. Some differences / updates: I needed to use sudo to run the tar command. Also, the songbird.png icon file was a part of the tarball.

  30. rafael dantas says:

    Thanks a lot!

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