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Audacious (formerly known as Beep Media Player)

by Sindre Pedersen Bjørdal last modified Jan 30, 2008 09:53 PM
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Audacious or BMP as it was formerly known, is a rewrite of the classic XMMS player with a new, modern interface and various other featurs you would expect from a modern music player. All while keeping true to the lightweight, simple no-nonsense music player ideal. Due to legal issues support for various non-free formats , including mp3 files, aren't included in Audacious by default. You can add support for mp3 by installing an add-on package from third party add-on repository


This assumes you have a working Fedora installation and that you have configured yum to use

Doing the work

Installing Audacious

Audacious is not incuded by default, to use audacious you first have to install it:

  1. Open a terminal

  2. Enter:

  3. su -c 'yum install audacious'
  4. Audacious can be found in the menu, under "Sound & Video"

Adding support for non-free formats

As mentioned, legal issues stops Fedora from including support for non-free formats such as mp3. You can add plugins for playback and encoding to this format by installing the audacious-plugins-nonfree-mp3 package from 

  1.  Open a terminal
  2.  Enter:

    su -c 'yum install audacious-plugins-nonfree-mp3'
  3. Restart Audacious, it should now be able to play mp3.


If Audacious fails to play mp3 files, it's a good idea to check if the mp3-plugin is actually installed

How to test

  1. rpm -qf /usr/lib/audacious/Input/

More Information


Users should be aware of the legal limitations of the mp3 format and other non-free formats. Please do read the legal issues page.

We test this stuff on our own machines, really we do. But you may run into problems, if you do, come to #fedora on

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