QMMP – A winamp style music player for Linux

By | May 25, 2023


The number of multimedia applications on Linux is constantly increasing over time and there is already an abundance. If you are looking for a winamp style mp3 player for your desktop, then try out this app called Qmmp. It provides a look n feel akin to Winamp of windows and is same way easy to use.

Qmmp is built using QT library, so the internal dialogs would look native on kde desktop. However the main user interface uses skins.

It is capable of playing Mp3, Ogg, CD Audio, Midi and quite a few other audio formats. The full list of features can be found here.

Qmmp installation packages are available for almost all the popular distros, so you need not worry about compiling it, unless you want to have the latest build. Qmmp is actually not restricted to Linux and runs on Windows too.

Install Qmmp

Ubuntu/Linux Mint

On my 13.10 system, I could see Qmmp present in the ubuntu repositories. So I installed it right away from there.

$ aptitude search ^qmmp
i   qmmp                           - feature-rich audio player with support 
p   qmmp:i386                      - feature-rich audio player with support 
i   qmmp-plugin-projectm           - qmmp audio player -- projectM visualiza
p   qmmp-plugin-projectm:i386      - qmmp audio player -- projectM visualiza

$ sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-projectm

If you prefer to have the latest version, then there is a PPA too.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa -y
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

For other distros check out the instructions on the download page of Qmmp

qmmp music player linux

Install Skins

After installing qmmp, you would want to get a skin that suits your desktop. So go ahead to the following url and grab the zip files.


Download the files and then the Qmmp menu go to Settings. On the settings dialog go to Appearance tab > Skin section. Click the Add button and select the zip files downloaded from the above url.

The new skins should appear instantly in the list of skins and just clicking the skin should change it. I liked the Qmmp_black skin.

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QMMP – A winamp style music player for Linux

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