Tuesday, 30 June 2009

How-To: Compile and Install Amarok 2.1.1 in Ubuntu 9.04

Amarok 2.1.1 was released on June 17th and it includes several bug fixes and a few new features compared to 2.1. Among the new features worth mentioning: there is available support for compilations with over 60 artists, there is an option to hide the context view now. For a full list of changes and bug fixes, have a look at the announcement on the official website.

Kubuntu 9.04 ships with 2.0, so to get the latest Amarok you can either use the PPA repository (which can be a little delayed) or compile from source. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to compile 2.1.1 from source:

1. Install the development libraries
In Konsole or GNOME Terminal, type:

sudo apt-get build-dep amarok

This will fetch and install the development packages needed to compile the latest Amarok release. Also, install these packages too:

sudo apt-get install libtag-extras-dev libmysql++-dev libgdk-pixbuf-dev libgtk2.0-dev

2. Get the source tarball
Download the Amarok source tarball from here, then uncompress it:

tar -xjf amarok-2.1.1.tar.bz2

3. Compile and install Amarok
You may need to remove your existing Amarok installation first:

sudo apt-get remove --purge amarok

(Notice that this will erase your entire Amarok settings, scripts, ratings etc. *Skip* this step if you want to keep those!)

rm -rf ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok/
rm ~/.kde/share/config/amarok*

Then, make sure the current working directory is amarok-2.1.1 and type:

sudo make install

For the last command you will need to enter your user password. This should be all, just fire up Amarok and 2.1.1 should be running now.


Anonymous said...

Worked very well, thanks.

Jeff said...

Works only up to the make command for me:

make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.

The previous command returned some errors about using an obsolete "PCKCONFIG" macro, and:

'CMake Error at /usr/share/kde4/apps/cmake/modules/MacroLogFeature.cmake:93 (MESSAGE):
Exiting: Missing Requirements
Call Stack (most recent call first):
CMakeLists.txt:114 (macro_display_feature_log)'

Any advice for a newbie? I have a freshly installed 9.04 Kubuntu release.

Anonymous said...

I am having a similar issue. It is looking for a file that I don't have and it isn't in the apt repo. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- The following REQUIRED packages could NOT be located on your system. -- Please install them before continuing this software installation. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- + qtscript-qt: QtScript Qt Bindings ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- CMake Error at /usr/share/kde4/apps/cmake/modules/MacroLogFeature.cmake:93 (MESSAGE): Exiting: Missing Requirements Call Stack (most recent call first): CMakeLists.txt:114 (macro_display_feature_log) I downloaded, but I am apparently having issues with the install. Any help would be great. Ubuntu 9.04 fresh install. I am not super new to linux, but I don't compile much. I know the basics that is about it.

pureananda said...


it did not work..no hassles about that..

although now the default movie player application wont play..and the visualisation is very blocky and slow..

i got to the cmake step, after which the qt-script error cropped up...

please tell me how to remove anything that i might have done and go back to enjoying music.


Anonymous said...

On the page


add the package source

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu jaunty main

and update amarok.