Internet Radio

9 Best Free and Open Source Terminal-Based Internet Radio Apps

Internet radio (also known as web radio, net radio, streaming radio, and online radio) is a digital audio service transmitted via the Internet.

Why do we like internet radio? There are no sign-up or subscription charges. There’s a huge range of stations available from around the world. If you like classical music, pop music, folk music, news, talk radio, and much more, internet radio has something for everyone wherever you live (providing you have a net connection). Internet radio offers every format that is available on traditional broadcast radio stations.

There’s a wide range of free and open source software that lets you listen to internet radio. With so many different possibilities available it’s easy to get lost trying to find the right one for you.

This article recommends our favourite terminal-based internet radio apps. We only include free and open source software.

Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart.

Ratings chart

Let’s have a look at the programs in more detail. For the best tools, we’ve written a detailed review. If you’re looking for GUI-based internet radio apps, look here.

Terminal-Based Internet Radio Apps
radio-activeCommand-line tool to listen to more than 30,000 radio stations
PyRadioCross-platform curses based with support for Radio Browser
radionTUI client written in Bash
teraPlay radio stations, CRUD your favorite lists, and explore stations
cTunencurses tool with good search functionality
RadioboatTerminal web radio client, built with simplicity in mind
pmrpPoor Man's Radio Player
CurseradioVery simple curses based application for navigating and playing radio streams
radio-cliSimple radio CLI written in Rust

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