radio active

radio-active – listen to radio from the terminal

In Operation

One of the best features of radio-active is that it supports a huge number of internet radio stations. You’ve got access to more than 30,000 stations courtesy of the program’s support for radio browser, a fantastic community driven effort collating stations. Any internet radio player worth its salt uses radio-browser or another radio directory. Manually having to find and add streams is just too much of a chore!

Let’s have a look at the options available with radio-active. The help screen gives you a good summary of the available functionality. Issue the command $ radio --help

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As you see, we can play a station armed with the station name or its UUID. For example to listen to BBC Radio 3 HD, we can issue the command

$ radio --station "BBC Radio 3 HD"

If multiple matches are found, the software shows the UUID of each e.g. if we type

$ radio --station "BBC Radio 3"

radio-active - multiple stations
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This offers a quick way of finding a station name and its associated UUID.

We can add stations to a favourite list with the option of custom names. There’s also support for discovering stations by genre and language.

Issuing radio or radioactive as a bare command the software seeks to play the last station.

Next page: Page 3 – Memory Usage

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

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2 years ago

I have had little luck with radio apps, they seem to be static and crackle for me. I just use by web browser with streema or radiovolna.

9 months ago
Reply to  4uIeight12


The best source would actually be radio-browser where you can find and connect to streams to test them.

If they work in the browser, they’ll work in the application.

However, I’d go with pyradio – as it’s a far far more user friendly application than this radio.

Luke Baker
Luke Baker
2 years ago

I’ve never had any radio app have ‘static’ or ‘crackle’.

Comrade Ferret
Comrade Ferret
4 months ago

Quite enjoying this. Any way I can get Pulse to work with it for independent volume control?