Last Updated on September 1, 2020
Are you debilitated by the countless music players that use web technologies with a massive RAM footprint? Maybe you want a lean yet slick audio player with a good range of features?
You might be interested in qoob. It’s a music player written in the versatile and hugely popular Python programming language. The software uses Qt 5, a cross-platform application framework and widget toolkit for creating classic and embedded graphical user interfaces.
qoob is similar to foobar2000, a freeware audio player respected for its highly modular design, breadth of features, and extensive user flexibility in configuration. Unlike foobar, qoob is available for Linux and it’s released under an open source license.
I’ve moved over to compiling/installing software myself rather than relying on distribution packages. Partly this is because I experiment with globs of software that are in an early stage of development. And features and functionality can be missing in released packages.
The developer provides a PKGBUILD for the Arch User Repository. But I still prefer to go down the manual route. It’s not difficult. Make sure you’ve got Python 3 installed, then clone the repository, and install the software with the supplied Python script. At a shell:
$ git clone https://gitlab.com/william.belanger/qoob.git
$ sudo python setup.py install