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17 Best Free Console Based Linux Multimedia Apps

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

Command-Line Interface

The vast majority of Linux users would never be satisfied without access to a graphical user interface. However, even in 2020 there remain many reasons why console based applications can be extremely desirable.

Although console applications are very useful for updating, configuring, and repairing a system, their benefits are not only confined to system administration. Console based applications are light on system resources (very useful on low spec machines), can be faster and more efficient than their graphical counterparts, they do not stop working when X needs to be restarted, and are great for scripting purposes.

So what can users do with the command-line? There is a wide range of console based software which performs the same or similar functions to their graphical equivalents, even in the field of multimedia.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 17 high quality console based free Linux multimedia software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wishes to revel in the power of the command-line.

Some of the applications are at the heart of other software. For example, you might be surprised how many programs use FFmpeg and youtube-dl.

Console Multimedia Apps

Now, let’s explore the 17 multimedia applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.

Console Multimedia Software
musikcubeTerminal-based audio player and streaming server
youtube-dlDownload video and audio from streaming Sites
get_iplayerUtility for downloading TV and radio programmes from BBC iPlayer
FFmpegMultimedia player, server and encoder
MPlayerMultimedia player
PyRadioCompetent internet radio player
abcdeCD ripping software for the command line
CMusLightweight ncurses audio player
transcodeUtility to encode raw video/audio streams
LAMELAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder
EcasoundMultitrack-capable audio recorder and effect processor
mencoderMPlayer's Movie Encoder
Perl Audio ConverterAudio ripping tool with service extensions
ncmpcFrugal C++ based Music Player Daemon client
SoXSwiss army knife of sound processing
ncmpyPython-based Music Player Daemon client
casteroEasy to use podcast player
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