Installing Amarok in Fedora Linux

I have always liked Amarok, the (initially) default KDE media player. It’s very feature-rich, nothing compared to Elisa. Moreover, it has two crucial features that I haven’t found in any other players:

  • it saves statistics (play count and stars) directly into the music file
  • it synchronizes statistics with the iPod.

I have always liked Amarok, the (initially) default KDE media player, and I have already blogged on installing it in Arch Linux.

Fedora always provided an old version of Amarok in its repositories. Recently, they started to provide an up-to-date version as a Flatpak application from their Flatpak repository, which should be automatically enabled:

You can also find it from the command line;

Let’s install it either from the Gnome Software dialog shown above or from the command line:

It’s also best to install Flatseal for configuring the flatpak application permission (it’s available both from the Fedora flatpak repository or from the standard Flathub, in case you configured that as well):

Let’s start Flatseal and check the Amarok permissions. Some settings are already configured to allow Amarok access to a few standard directories and databases. In my case, I also configure the access to all my files and a mount point because I have my music stored on an external drive, which I mount at that mount point “/media/bettini/backuplinux”):

You can now start Amarok either from the Gnome menu or from the command like:

IMPORTANT: The flatpak version of Amarok stores its files in

instead of the standard directories “.config” and “.local”.

If you want to connect your IPOD, first you must ensure that the “libgpod” package is installed, and then you have to add the permission access in Flatseal to the mount point of your IPOD. Otherwise, Amarok will detect your iPod but as a non-initialized one because it cannot access its contents:

If the flatseal permissions are set correctly, you can also enjoy your iPod from Amarok!

Enjoy your music! 🙂

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