How To Install Amarok 2.9 on Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04 And Derivative Systems

As you may know, Amarok is the default music player for KDE, but it can be also used with other Desktop Environments.

The latest version available is Amarok 2.9.0, which has been recently released, coming with the below changes and bugfixes:


  • Substitute deprecated MySQL option –myisam-recover for compatibility with MySQL 5.7+ thanks to Terje Rosten, Stefano Pettini. (BR 354255)


  • Fix integer fields, like length, always showing up as zero in filter creation dialog; thanks to Stefano Pettini. (BR 341661)
  • Fix background color of the lyrics applet, thanks to Stefano Pettini. (BR 314854)
  • Fix Organize tracks / Guess tags presets not persisted properly; thanks to Stefano Pettini. (BR 226144)
  • Fix MPRIS2 DesktopEntry name, makes media controls in Plasma 5.7 taskbar work again; thanks to Antonio Rojas, Rex Dieter. (BR 365275)
  • Auto-expand after search in Collection Browser works correctly again. (BR 335217)
  • Fix crash during MusicBrainz search. (BR 328359)

Installation instructions:

Due to the fact that amarok is available via the default repositories of Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish, Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver, Linux Mint 19.x and other Ubuntu derivative systems, the installation process should not be to difficult.

All you need to do is update the local repository index and install the amarok package:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install amarok

Optional, to remove amarok, do:

$ sudo apt remove amarok

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