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Ondine is an audio player with two possible front ends:

  • GTK+ graphical user interface

  • Terminal user interface

The latter has restricted capabilities. There is no support for libraries (you can only play files and folders given in arguments).

  • There is deliberately no tag edition feature, to avoid the risk of modifying files by accident.

  • The presentation is album oriented: global information (artist, album, and date) is not repeated for each track, but displayed in a header instead.

  • Besides alphabetical order, libraries content can be displayed in chronological order of albums and artists (based on the date of their albums). This is the default behaviour.

License: GPLv3 or later

Ondine is currently being rewritten in C. All official releases (up to 0.6) were written in Python.

Official versions (up to 0.6)

Programming language: Python


Supported OS: GNU/Linux

Supported files: WAV, FLAC, Monkey’s Audio, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3.

Future versions

Programming language: C


  • Graphical user interface: GTK+ (not yet implemented)

  • Audio player: GStreamer

Ondine was named after Maurice Ravel's Ondine (Gaspard de la Nuit), based on the poem Ondine (in French) by Aloysius Bertrand.