We’ve reviewed a whole raft of open source music players from tiny command-line players to bloated Electron-based heavyweights. But Linux is endowed with a huge selection, and there’s still a few we’ve yet to put under the microscope.
Harmonoid is billed as an elegant music app to play local music and YouTube music. It’s written in the Dart programming language and published now under
an open source license a proprietary license. Before we see how it fares, let’s briefly cover the installation process.
The project doesn’t provide any distro-specific packages. And at the time of writing this review, it’s not possible to compile the latest version of the software.
The simplest way to install the software on Linux is with Flatpak.
Flatpak is an open source containerized package format similar to Snap. While Snap relies on a central repository for software, Flatpak can be installed from different sources.
To install Harmonoid, issue the command:
$ flatpak install flathub io.github.harmonoid.harmonoid
Installing the flatpak adds a menu entry on our Ubuntu systems. Alternatively, we can run the software with the command:
$ flatpak run io.github.harmonoid.harmonoid
The developer provides a binary for Windows and Android but we didn’t test either of them.
The developer of Harmonoid won’t release the source code for some of the libraries that Harmonoid uses.