DeaDBeeF – ultimate music player

DeaDBeeF (as in 0xDEADBEEF) is billed as the ultimate music player for Linux systems.

It is a very basic and simple player with a small footprint.

It has no GNOME or KDE dependencies.

Features include:

  • Small memory footprint.
  • Native GTK2 graphical user interface with custom widgets.
  • Wide support for different audio formats including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, ape,  wv, wav, m4a, mpc, cd audio (and many more).
  • Chiptune formats with subtunes (including sid and nsf).
  • ID3v1, ID3v2.2, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, APEv2, xing/info tags support.
  • Character set detection for non-unicode id3 tags – supports cp1251 and iso8859-1.
  • Unicode tags are fully supported as well (both utf8 and ucs2).
  • Cuesheet (.cue files) support, with charset detection (utf8/cp1251/iso8859-1).
  • Tracker modules like mod, s3m, it, xm, etc.
  • HVSC song length database support for sid.
  • Minimize to tray, with scrollwheel volume control.
  • Drag and drop, both inside of playlist, and from filemanagers and such.
  • Control playback of DeaDBeeF from the command line.
  • Global hotkeys.
  • Multiple playlists.
  • Album artwork display.
  • 18-band graphical equalizer.
  • Metadata editor.
  • User-customizable groups in playlists.
  • User-customizable columns with flexible title formatting.
  • Radio and podcast support for ogg vorbis, mp3 and aac streams.
  • Gapless playback.
  • Plugin support; bundled with lots of plugins, such as global hotkeys and scrobbler.
  • Duration calculation is as precise as possible for vbr mp3 files (with and without xing/info tags).

Support: GitHub
Developer: Alexey Yakovenkot and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


DeaDBeeF is written in C and C++. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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