Goodvibes – internet radio player

Last Updated on August 11, 2021

In Operation

Here’s an image of Goodvibes in operation.


The interface is very simple and clean. The interface displays the streaming station, and what’s playing (if that information is available, as some stations don’t embed tags in the audio stream). There’s no menu bar, and no preferences to configure in the interface.

Below the stream information, there’s the standard play/stop buttons, channel switching, shuffle, repeat, and a volume slider.

Under the button bar, there’s the channel list. 13 stations populate the default station list — these are French stations.

Managing the station list is a little unusual, as there’s no menu bar. You need to right mouse click on a station. You’ll get a drop down list where you can add a station, delete a station, or edit the selected station’s name and URI. Sadly, there’s no ability to browse radio stations in any shape or form.

It’s possible to compile Goodvibes without a GUI, and control it with its command-line client. This is accessed with the goodvibes-client executable.

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Frank ( Cologne, Germany )
Frank ( Cologne, Germany )
3 years ago

GOODVIBES is the best webradio player that I ever have used.
It’s fast and stable and I never experienced any hickups while streaming radio stations from around the world.
Part of the magic: It’s a no-frills application. In order to add a new station in GOODVIBES, you need to provide the stream-URL of that station. These URLs however are not always easy to find. Usually, the radio stations have links in several formats somewhere on their websites. Other streaming-URLs can be found in listings, forums or chatrooms. GOODVIBES, when freshly installed, doesn’t contain any URLs. But that’s ok with me.

Bob C (Toronto
Bob C (Toronto
3 years ago

Goodvibes is pretty good, particularly if you’re running a somewhat older computer or a Raspberry Pi. I was a longtime user of the (now unsupported) “RadioTray”. It was much better in that you could create menus and sub-menus in your station database, while with Goodvibes everything is in one big list.

If your station list is maybe at most 30-40 stations, I’d recommend Goodvibes.

On the other hand, Goodvibes is much better at not “dropping” streams than RadioTray.

“Shortwave” (formerly “Gradio”) pulls its station info from the “Community Radio Browser” database, which is crowdsourced. You will want to run it on a slightly better computer instead of an older “clunker”.

Pulling station stream URL’s is not really that hard 90% of the time. I can figure most of them out in a matter of minutes. You can grab them in Firefox by just going to “Tools/WebDeveloper/Network” and just play the stream on the website. It’s similar in Chrome/Chromium. You get the hang of it after awhile. Occasionally, you need to do a “view source” on the website to find the stream URL. Most radio stations “outsource” their streaming to one of half a dozen companies and so you get used to the stream URL “patterns”.

1 year ago

There are a lot of radio station directories which provide you with streaming URLs.