• Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Amberol is a superb music player for Linux that just plays music and nothing else

ByTina R. Wimmer

Jun 6, 2022

Although the music world is dominated by streaming services, that hasn’t deterred developers from creating music players for desktop computers.

Recently, I came across a beautiful new music player for the Linux desktop. His name is Amberol and I was amazed by his beauty.

Amberol music player interface

Sounds good, right? Let’s take a closer look.

Amberol, the nice music player for Linux

Looking good is one of two (or few) things it does. The other thing is to play music.

And that’s about it. Amberol does not have additional (and useful) features such as generating album art, editing metadata, displaying lyrics or playlists and managing the library.

It’s not like these features will be added in future releases. Amberol just wants to play music. That’s it.

The stunning user interface

Amberol is written in Rust and GTK like most new GNOME apps.

It has an adaptive user interface that changes color depending on the color of the album you are playing. The gradient effect gives it a modern and sleek look that would surely be part of your ricing Linux screenshots.

amberol music player
Amberol music player

Since the UI lacks the traditional handlebar and menu, it gives the app a unified look.

Playlists

It automatically generates a playlist from the files present in the folder you add. It is displayed in the left sidebar.

amberol playlist
Amberol Playlist

You can see how long the entire playlist will play the music in the top left corner. Clicking on the “correct sign” allows you to select songs and remove them from the playlist.

If you want, you can hide the Reading List sidebar.

amberol without playlist
Amberol player without playlist

Music playback options

You can see the progress of the songs on the interface. The player integrates well with the media control buttons on the keyboard. You can play/pause and change tracks with the dedicated media keys (if you have them on your system).

Amberol gives you a few more options for playing music. You can enable shuffle to play music in random order. You can also put a song on loop and keep playing it until you get tired of it.

amberol music playback options
Music playback options in Amberol

The handlebar menu at the bottom gives you the option to add a file or folder and view available keyboard shortcuts.

amberol keyboard shortcuts
Amberol keyboard shortcuts

You can also disable UI color change to match album art from here.

Install Amberol on Linux

Amberol is available as a Flatpak. Please ensure that Flatpak support is enabled on your system.

To install Amberol, open a terminal and use the following command:

flatpak install flathub io.bassi.Amberol

Once installed, find the app in the menu and start from here.

On first run, it asks you to add music files or folders. You can also drag and drop files.

amberol first run
Amberol first run

Conclusion

Personally, I prefer streaming services because I don’t have a good local music collection. But I know there are people who have/had a huge collection of CDs which are now saved on the hard drive.

Amberol is a nice app and it is quite good at playing local music. The main attraction is the adaptive user interface based on the album art.

I let you play with it and share your experience in the comment section.