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Pandora on Linux: pianobar

“pianobar” is a free/open-source, console-based replacement for pandora’s flash player. “pianobarfly” is a patched version of it, which adds some pretty awesome features including capturing music from your stream into a local .mp3 file format.


– play and manage (create, add more music, delete, rename, …) your stations
– rate played songs and let pandora explain why they have been selected
– show upcoming songs/song history
– configure keybindings
– scrobbling support (external application)
– proxy support for listeners outside the USA

Where to get it
Simply download it from git:

How to install
This gets to be slightly complicated depending on what flavour of Linux you are using. For ubuntu/debian users, I’ve made it extremely easy:

# sudo apt-get install libao-dev libao-common libfaad-dev libmad0-dev libtagc0-dev libjson0-dev libgnutls-dev

Then, you’ll need to retrieve the latest version from github:

This should leave you with a binary if all goes well. Copy it to somewhere in your $PATH (echo $PATH) and you can run it by simply typing pianobarfly. If not, you will need to get the appropriate libraries and packages for your particular system.

I do not offer support on this. Good luck!

Pianobar development page:

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1 Comment

  • Darrell on Friday, May 13, 2011

    Good stuff! Thanks.

    Can you post the link where the patching info can be found? Seems like this program needs updated a lot.

    Also for those of you that would like mp3 (not m4a) files created, you will need to create a config file. See below.

    mkdir -p ~/.config/pianobar
    audio_format = mp3

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