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Linux Candy: Relaxator – relax to soothing sounds

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Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We only feature open-source software in this series.

Relaxator is a small utility that’s designed to do one thing — listen to soothing sounds. This free and open source utility is written in Vala.


We installed the software using flatpak.

$ flatpak install flathub com.github.alexkdeveloper.relaxator

Issue the following command to run the program:

$ flatpak run com.github.alexkdeveloper.relaxator

In Operation

Here’s an image of Relaxator.


There are 9 icons which let you listen to soothing sounds. From top left to bottom right, the sounds are from the forest, night, waves, rain, fire, cat, city, stream, and train.

In the image above, we’re listening to rain (oh the irony, it’s always raining here). But we can listen to multiple sounds at once creating our own unique soothing experience.


Think of the utility as a wellbeing app. The program is designed simply to help you relieve accumulated stress and relax.

It’s a way of unwinding at the end of a busy day and may help you get to sleep.

It’s possible to replace the sounds if you want. Alternatively, you could just copy the sound files (they are stored in Ogg format) from the project’s GitHub page and listen to them with any music player.

Developer: Alex Kryuchkov
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

Relaxator is written in Vala. Learn Vala with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Complete list of articles in this series:

Linux Candy
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ASCII Art ConverterA small utility that converts images into ASCII art
BobRossQuotesCollection of quotes from Bob Ross
BoxesCommand line ASCII boxes
BuohOnline strips comics reader
cacafireColor ASCII fire
catclockxclock with an enhanced cat mode
cbonsaiGenerate bonsai trees in the terminal
christmasfetchFestive cheer on the desktop
chucknorrisChuck Norris jokes in your terminal
cornyjokesCorny jokes for the terminal
CMatrixncurses program that simulates the display from “The Matrix”
ctreeA Christmas tree right on your terminal
eDEX-UISci-fi computer terminal emulator and system monitor
emojSimple tool that to find suitable emojis for pasting to your clipboard
EmoteModern popup emoji picker
EvolvotronInteractive generative art
FantasceneDynamic wallpaper changer
FondoFind beautiful wallpapers from Unsplash
gtiTypo-based curio inspired by Steam Locomotive
HollywoodFill your console with Hollywood melodrama technobabble
linuxwaveGenerate music from the entropy of Linux
lolcatRainbows and unicorns
No More SecretsRecreates the data decryption effect from the Sneakers movie
nyancatTerminal-based Pop Tart Cat Animation
onekoAnimal chasing fun
pipes.shAnimated pipes terminal screensaver
ponysaycowsay reimplemention for ponies
projectMMusic visualizer originally based on Milkdrop
pscircleA different take on the venerable ps command
pyjokesOne line jokes for programmers
PywalGenerate color schemes on the fly
RelaxatorRelax to soothing sounds
Rusty AquariumMonitoring by visualization
Steam LocomotiveC program written in 295 lines. It's harmless fun
TernimalAnimated lifeform in the terminal
terminal-parrotParty parrot time
tetrisTile-matching puzzle video game in your terminal
VarietyWallpaper manager with many desktops and wallpaper sources
WallGenGenerate HQ poly wallpapers with a few arguments.
WallpaperDownloaderDownload, change, and manage wallpapers
xcowsayDisplays a cow on your desktop with message
XDecorationsAdd some festive cheer to your desktop
XScreenSaverFramework and collection of screensavers
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