Clementine is a cross-platform music player that is fast with an intuitive interface to search and play your music. It can search and play local music and allow you to listen to internet radio from integrated third-party applications like Spotify, Soundcloud, Grooveshark, Magnatune, and more. It is available on Linux, macOS, and Windows. It acts as both a music player and a music library organizer that allows you to create smart and dynamic playlists. Clementine music player can also connect to storage devices like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive where you can listen to music stored there.

Clementine supports a CUE sheet and also plays audio from CDs. How cool is that! Among the unique features offered by Clementine Music player include;

  • Tabbed playlists, allow you to listen to songs from multiple internet services.
  • Support import and export of M3U, XSPF, PLS, and ASX files.
  • You can control and browse the playlist from an android device.
  • Download podcasts and missing album cover art from Amazon.
  • Copy music to your iPod, iPhone, MTP, or mass-storage USB player.
  • It contains music lyrics, artist biographies, and photos.

This guide takes you through installing and using Clementine Music Player on Linux / Windows.

We will start with the Windows Installation.

1. Install Clementine Music Player or Windows

Download the latest binary package of Clementine for windows from the Downloads page.

Find the Program and run it to install. Select the Language and press OK to continue. The setup wizard opens as shown below

Select the destination folder to store Clementine or leave it in the default folder. Click the Install button to start the installation.

The installation goes by quickly.

Select the Checkbox to open the application after exiting the setup wizard. Click on the Finish button.

2. Install Clementine Music Player on Linux

We will cover installation on Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, and openSUSE.

2.1 Install Clementine on Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint

Update your system packages with the following command.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Clementine with the following command.

sudo apt install clementine -y

Launch the application from the CLI with the following command.


Alternatively, you can use the Application launcher to start Clementine.

2.2 Install Clementine on Arch-Linux

Update the repository with the following command

 pacman -Syu

Install Clementine with Pacman on an Arch Linux system.

pacman -S clementine

2.3. Install Clementine on openSUSE

Update the repo package database with the following command.

zypper update

Add the repository using the following command as root depending on your distribution type.

## Tumbleweed ##
zypper addrepo
zypper refresh

## Factory PowerPC ##
zypper addrepo
zypper refresh

## Factory ARM ##
zypper addrepo
zypper refresh

## 15.4 ##
zypper addrepo
zypper refresh

##15.3 ##
zypper addrepo
zypper refresh

Then install Clementine to your system with the following command

zypper install clementine

3. Setup Clementine on Windows and Linux

Clementine Music Player interface is the same across all platforms i.e Windows, Linux, and macOS.

The application opens as shown below for the first time with nothing on the library.

If you click on the Search Button, a list of available music sources is shown below.

The Library section contains music from various sources like SoundCloud, Last FM, and Amazon. However, it is empty at first.

Click on the ‘Click here’ button to set preferences for the Library.

Under Music Library, You can add a folder from your local PC

The appearance section allows you to change the colors and customize the background image.

Under Song information, You can set how the lyrics of a song are displayed and select or deselect from where Clementine looks up the Lyrics.

The Notification section allows you to customize desktop notifications on your PC.

The Internet services section allows you to select which sources you want to show.

Once you are done with the Preferences, click Apply and then OK to close the Preferences window.

Add a Playlist on Clementine

The Files Tab allows you to search from your local machine folder that contains music you want to listen to. Click on the house icon to have the directories listed.

Then select the folder with the songs.

You can create a playlist from the list of songs shown. Just drag the songs you want to the other side.

Once done, Save your playlist. this enables you to have an organized playlist that you can load later on when you want to listen and not necessarily lose it.

You can also add another playlist with different lists of songs. The Playlist Tab contains the favorite playlists that you have saved, You can also add a playlist from this section. You just have to check the star icon next to the playlist to add it here.

Scrolling down further shows you the internet services and once you click on any, you will be prompted to log in first.


Clementine is a modern music player that is characterized by offering unique features of playing and controlling your music. It offers a fast and intuitive interface that is easy to use and the integration with third-party applications like Spotify and storage devices like Google Drive makes it a good option to play and organize your music. The Tabbed playlist lets you enjoy listening to audio from different internet sites.


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