Review: Rockarrolla – jukebox emulator

Linux offers a dazzling array of free and open source music players, ranging from the most frugal terminal-based players to huge memory hogging players built with frameworks like Electron. We’ve reviewed the vast majority of music players, but it seems like there’s an almost endless supply.

Rockarrolla is a music player that seeks to emulate a music jukebox. It’s written in the Vala programming language and published under an open source license.

Let’s see how it fares.


Most Linux distros don’t offer a convenient package for Rockarrolla. For Arch-based distros, there is a package in the Arch User Repository but it didn’t build out of the box for us.

The easiest way to install the software 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 Rockarrolla, issue the command:

$ flatpak install flathub

Installing the flatpak adds a menu entry on our Ubuntu systems. Alternatively, we can run the software with the command:

$ flatpak run

Next page: Page 2 – In Operation

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

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