How to Install Audacious on Manjaro 21 Linux

Audacious is an open-source audio player that lets you listen to your favorite music whenever without stealing resources from other tasks on the computer. With drag ‘n’ drop functionality, it’s easy enough for anyone in any situation! You can also use different skins like Winamp Classic. The following tutorial will demonstrate how to install Audacious using two methods using the command line terminal – pamac and yay package managers.

Recommended Steps Before Installation

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date. This will ensure no conflicts arise as best as possible during the installation.

sudo pacman -Syu

Sometimes, you may need a complete database download if you have not upgraded your Arch Linux system for a while; use the following command if the above update command does not work.

sudo pacman -Syyu

Lastly, for users that have Pamac installed, which most Manjaro desktops do, I would optionally suggest running an update; this will ensure that your Arch Linux and Manjaro packages are fully up-to-date.

sudo pamac checkupdates -a
sudo pamac upgrade -a

Troubleshooting Updating Manjaro Packages

Manjaro/Arch Linux is a rolling release; occasionally, updating packages with Pacman GPG keys can become invalid or corrupt. If both commands do not work, use the following command.



Note, this is only if you have errors updating with the first two commands above if you can skip these.

sudo pacman -S archlinux-keyring manjaro-keyring
sudo pacman-key --populate archlinux manjaro

The above should work in nearly all cases, but if it does not, use the following steps as a last resort.

sudo rm -r /etc/pacman.d/gnupg
sudo pacman-key --init
sudo pacman-key --populate manjaro
sudo pacman-key --populate archlinux
sudo pacman -Syvv manjaro-keyring

Then repeat the update process.

#1st Method – Manjaro’s Package Manager

Install Audacious with ‘pamac’ CLI Command

The first method is to install directly from Manjaro’s community repository; this ensures stability. Try the second method in the rare case Audacious does not work correctly.

In your terminal, execute the following command.

pamac install audacious

#2nd Method – AUR (Arch Linux User Repository)

Install yay Helper for Arch Linux User Repository

The second option for the average desktop user environment is to install the software with the AUR, making updating the application binary in the future much easier and quicker.



To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay.git

Alternatively, you can import the pre-compiled build.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-bin.git

For users that prefer cutting-edge development builds, use this version if you like this type of release; remember, this can potentially lead to issues as it’s a development version.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git

Now navigate to the yay directory location.

cd /yay-git

Remember to change the yay-git if you imported the yay-bin (pre-compiled) or yay-git (development) version.



Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Next, you will be asked to confirm the installation. However, this can be avoided by adding –noconfirm. Once done, check the version yay installed using the following terminal command.

yay --version

Example output:

yay v11.3.0.r13.g1f49b7e - libalpm v13.0.2

Install Audacious with ‘yay’ CLI Command

Now that you have installed the yay package management helper, you can install the software using the following command.

yay -S audacious-git --noconfirm

Remove –noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

How to Launch the Audacious Player

Now that you have the application installed, launching can be done in a few ways.



audacious

Additionally, you can launch from the applications menu by following the path.

Taskbar > Multimedia > Audacious.

Example:

How to Install Audacious on Manjaro Linux

Once open, you can begin loading and using the audio player.

Example:

How to Install Audacious on Manjaro Linux

How to Update Audacious Player

The best way to upgrade the software is to use the following terminal command that matches the method you installed.



Audacious ‘pamac’ update command:

sudo pamac checkupdates -a
sudo pamac upgrade -a

Audacious ‘yay’ update command:

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

How to Remove Audacious Player

Execute the following terminal command for users wanting to remove the application that matches the installation choice you originally installed.

Audacious ‘pamac’ remove command:

sudo pamac remove audacious

Audacious ‘yay’ remove command:

yay -Rns audacious-git --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run, so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc


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