Amarok 1.4 Gets Ported Over to Qt4, Named “Clementine”


Amarok 1.4 was probably one of the best media players for Linux, and arguably one of the best media players around. Amarok 2.0 was a radical departure from its previous versions and was not well received by quite a lot of Amarok users. If you’re one of the folks who feel that Amarok 1.4 should not have been touched upon, well this new ongoing project might interest you.

David Sansome and John McGuire have been working on a project, which aims to port Amarok 1.4 to Qt4 and rewrite it to make full use of Qt4 features. The project has been christened as “clementine-player”.


  • Ability to search and play your local music library
  • Listen to internet radio from and SomaFM
  • Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files.
  • Works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Native desktop notifications using libnotify on Linux   and Growl on Mac OS X

The player is still in very much early stages, and the pending features include

  • Automatic addition of files from disk to music library
  • iPod and MP3 player support
  • Global shortcut keys on Windows and Mac OS X
  • Loading and saving of playlists

Clementine for Linux
Clementine for Linux
Clementine for Mac OS X
Clementine for Mac OS X
Clementine for Windows
Clementine for Windows

The project certainly seems interesting and Techie-Buzz will cover it as it progresses. If you wish it try it out, do check out the download page.

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  • Ian Monroe

    It isn't really a port at all, its website is misleading. The only code AFAICT from Amarok is the analyzers. And the interface appears to be similar to 1.4 on only the most superficial level.

  • Max

    Great post Bhat, I hope they really keep the Amarok 1.4 code intact as much as possible… Amarok 1.4 is indeed the best music player in Linux. Unfortunately, the amarok team abandoned this version and created (in madness) a totally new and inferior version, yet they used the same name and put a different number. What a mess they did! Amarok 2 is not really "THE Amarok".

  • anli

    I miss:

    – lib tree genre-artist-(year+album) sort order
    – CLI (to bind with, say, lirc)
    – native sound engine (ALSA)
    – human-hearing-based volume level (decibells)

  • anli

    I miss:

    – lib tree genre-artist-(year+album) sorting
    – CLI interface (say, to bind with LIRC)
    – native engine (ALSA)
    – decibel-based (i.e. human-based) volume level