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How to set up gmusicbrowser on Linux

Gmusicbrowser is an open-source Jukebox and music collection organizer for Linux. It’s specially designed for large libraries and loads of different songs. In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up Gmusicbrowser on Linux.

Please note that Gmusicbrowser supports a wide variety of audio formats on the Linux platform. That being said, open-source codecs work best. For best results, convert your music to open formats.

Installing Gmusicbrowser on Linux

The Gmusicbrowser application is simple to get going, and nearly all Linux users should be able to get their hands on it. However, despite it being easy to install, it does not come pre-installed on many Linux operating systems. As a result, we must go over how to install it before showing you how to use it.

To install Gmusicbrowser on Linux, start by opening up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. Once the terminal window is open, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below that corresponds with the Linux OS you currently use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, users running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and older should get the app working using the Apt command below. However, if you are using 20.04 or newer, you will need to follow the Flatpak instructions instead.

sudo apt install gmusicbrowser

Debian

Debian 10 users and 9 users can easily set up Gmusicbrowser using the following Apt-get command. However, if you run Debian 11 or Testing, or Unstable, follow the Flatpak instructions instead.

sudo apt-get install gmusicbrowser

Arch Linux

Arch Linux does not have Gmusicbrowser in the software repos. As a result, if you want to use Gmusicbrowser, you will need to set it up via the AUR. To do that, enter the commands below in succession.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git cd trizen makepkg -sri trizen -S gmusicbrowser 

Fedora

On Fedora Linux, the Gmusicbrowser application is nowhere to be found. Instead, if you’re using Fedora and want to get Gmusicbrowser, you’ll need to follow the Flatpak instructions instead, as its the only way to install it.

OpenSUSE

For OpenSUSE Tumbleweed as well as Leap, Gmusicbrowser is available for installation via the Oss software repository. To set it up, simply enter the following Zypper command. 

sudo zypper install gmusicbrowser

Flatpak

For many distributions, Flatpak is the only way to get Gmusicbrowser working. Thankfully, setting up Flatpak is very easy. To start, ensure you have the Flatpak runtime set up on your Linux PC.

After you’ve gotten the Flatpak runtime set up on your computer, the next step is to add the Flathub app store to your computer using the flatpak remote-add command.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Finally, install the latest release of Gmusicbrowser on your Linux computer using the flatpak install command below.

sudo flatpak install flathub org.gmusicbrowser.gmusicbrowser

Set up gmusicbrowser

To set up Gmusicbrowser so you can listen to music with it, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Launch the Gmusicbrowser application on the desktop and allow it to start up. With the app open, find the “Main” menu button, and click on it with the mouse.

Step 2: Inside of “Main,” locate the “Settings” button, and click on it with the mouse. After selecting “Settings,” the Gmusicbrowser settings window will appear. From here, find “Library” and click on it.

Step 3: Inside of the “Library” tab in the settings window, find the “Add folder” button and click on it with the mouse. After selecting this button, browse for the folder in which you store your music library.

Step 4: As soon as you add your music library to Gmusicbrowser, it will add your music to the library. Next, look to the “Library” area in “Settings,” and click the boxes that say “Check for updated/deleted songs on startup, ” and  “Search for new songs on startup” so that Gmusicbrowser will automatically add new songs or remove old ones each time it starts.

Listening to music

When you’ve finished tweaking the settings in Gmusicbrowser, close the settings window. Then, locate the “Library” tab in the app. Inside “Library,” you will see your entire music collection. 

To listen to your favorite music files in Gmusicbrowser, do the following. First, find “Artists” and click on it. Selecting “Artists” will filter your entire collection in Gmusicbrowser based on bands.

After selecting the “Artists” button, scroll through and find the band you wish you listen to. Then, look to the “Album” tab to find a specific album from that band.

Upon selecting an album to listen to, individual songs will appear in the playlist area of Gmusicbrowser. From here, select any song with the mouse and double-click to start listening. To stop playback in Gmusicbrowser, click on the “Stop” button in the top-left. 

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