Goodvibes – internet radio player


Goodvibes is a very simple internet radio player that’s pretty stable. Features are limited – there’s lots I’d like adding such as the ability to record a stream. But it’s very frugal with system resources.

It’s interface lacks the panache of odio, it’s laborious to add new stations, and the default station list is lamentable.

If you love experimenting with new radio stations, you’d better go with a player that makes it easy to browse stations i.e. support for the radio-browser open source directory. But if you listen only to a few stations, it’s not too painful to manually feed in the URIs to the interface.

Support: Documentation, GitLab Code Repository
Developer: Arnaud Rebillout and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary


  1. 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.

  2. 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”.

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