Raspberry Pi 4 - Internet Radio

Raspberry Pi 4: Chronicling the Desktop Experience – Streaming radio – Week 30


Raspberry Pi 4 - Goodvibes
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Goodvibes is billed as a lightweight internet radio player offering a simple way to access your favourite radio stations.

The interface is very simple. The interface displays the streaming station, and what’s playing (if that information is available, as some stations don’t embed tags in the audio stream). There’s no menu bar, and no preferences to configure in the interface.

Below the stream information, there’s the standard play/stop buttons, channel switching, shuffle, repeat, and a volume slider.

Under the button bar, there’s the channel list. 13 stations populate the default station list — these are French stations.

Managing the station list is a little unusual, as there’s no menu bar. You need to right mouse click on a station. You’ll get a drop down list where you can add a station, delete a station, or edit the selected station’s name and URI. Sadly, there’s no ability to browse radio stations in any shape or form.

It’s possible to compile Goodvibes without a GUI, and control it with its command-line client. This is accessed with the goodvibes-client executable.

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


There’s a Raspbian package, installed with the command:

$ sudo apt install goodvibes

This gets version 0.4.2. This isn’t the latest version. I attempted to compile the latest release.

I first needed to install a few packages.

$ sudo apt install libamtk-5-dev libkeybinder-3.0-dev

Then I cloned the project’s repository, and used meson and ninja to try to build and install the software. Meson is like CMake in that it does not build software directly, but rather sets up a backend build system such as ninja.

$ git clone https://gitlab.com/goodvibes/goodvibes.git
$ cd goodvibes
$ meson build
$ ninja -C build
$ sudo ninja -C build install

The ninja command failed to complete.

Next page: Page 8 – Sayonara Player

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – Tauon Music Box
Page 3 – Radiotray-NG
Page 4 – PyRadio
Page 5 – StreamTuner2
Page 6 – Curseradio
Page 7 – Goodvibes
Page 8 – Sayonara Player
Page 9 – Cantata
Page 10 – Yarock
Page 11 – Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

Raspberry Pi 4 Blog
Week 36Manage your personal collections on the RPI4
Week 35Survey of terminal emulators
Week 34Search the desktop with the latest version of Recoll
Week 33Personal Information Managers on the RPI4
Week 32Keep a diary with the RPI4
Week 31Process complex mathematical functions, plot 2D and 3D graphs with calculators
Week 30Internet radio on this tiny computer. A detailed survey of open source software
Week 29Professionally manage your photo collection with digiKam
Week 28Typeset beautifully with LyX
Week 27Software that teaches young people how to learn basic computing skills and beyond
Week 26Firefox revisited - Raspbian now offers a real alternative to Chromium
Week 25Turn the Raspberry Pi 4 into a low power writing machine
Week 24Keep the kids learning and having fun
Week 23Lots of choices to view images
Week 22Listening to podcasts on the RPI4
Week 21File management on the RPI4
Week 20Open Broadcaster Software (OBS Studio) on the RPI4
Week 19Keep up-to-date with these news aggregators
Week 18Web Browsers Again: Firefox
Week 17Retro gaming on the RPI4
Week 16Screen capturing with the RPI4
Week 15Emulate the Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and the Atari ST on the RPI4
Week 14Choose the right model of the RPI4 for your desktop needs
Week 13Using the RPI4 as a screencaster
Week 12Have fun reading comics on the RPI4 with YACReader, MComix, and more
Week 11Turn the RPI4 into a complete home theater
Week 10Watching locally stored video with VLC, OMXPlayer, and others
Week 9PDF viewing on the RPI4
Week 8Access the RPI4 remotely running GUI apps
Week 7e-book tools are put under the microscope
Week 6The office suite is the archetypal business software. LibreOffice is tested
Week 5Managing your email box with the RPI4
Week 4Web surfing on the RPI4 looking at Chromium, Vivaldi, Firefox, and Midori
Week 3Video streaming with Chromium & omxplayerGUI as well as streamlink
Week 2A survey of open source music players on the RPI4 including Tauon Music Box
Week 1An introduction to the world of the RPI4 looking at musikcube and PiPackages
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Thomas W
Thomas W
2 years ago

I had to also perform the following before cmake would do its thing:
sudo apt install libqt5x11extras5-dev
sudo apt-get install qttools5-dev
sudo apt install libtag1-dev

1 year ago

I also had to install the following packages to get this work:
sudo apt install qt5-default qttools5-dev qttools5-dev-tools qtmultimedia5-dev libqt5svg5-dev libqt5webkit5-dev