Lollypop is a beautifully designed graphical music player for GTK desktops, like GNOME. It’s exploding in popularity, but it’s not available in most distribution’s repositories just yet.

This guide will walk you through the process of installing Lollypop on several popular distributions and importing your music library.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Install Lollypop on Ubuntu.
  • How to Install Lollypop on Debian.
  • How to Install Lollypop on Fedora.
  • How to Install Lollypop on Arch Linux.
  • How to Add Your Music To Lollypop.
Lollypop Music Player.
Lollypop Music Player.

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, or Arch Linux
Software Lollypop
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How To Install Lollypop on Ubuntu



The Lollypop developers officially support Ubuntu with a PPA. This one is really easy. Just add the PPA to your system, and install Lollypop.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnumdk/lollypop
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install lollypop

How To Install Lollypop on Debian

Debian isn’t officially supported by the Lollypop developers, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to be able to get it installed on your Debian system. There really isn’t much in the Ubuntu PPA besides Lollypop itself, so it’s pretty safe to install the Ubuntu packages on Debian. You’re just going to need to do it manually.

Create a new file at /etc/apt/sources.list.d/lollypop.list.

$ sudo touch /etc/apt/sources.list.d/lollypop.list
Add the Lollypop Repos on Debian
Add the Lollypop Repos on Debain.

Now, place the following two lines in the file. Using Ubuntu’s “Bionic” release is a safe bet, since it’s the LTS release. That should work fine on any Debian release. If you want to keep up with the latest releases on something like Sid, go for it.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnumdk/lollypop/ubuntu bionic main 
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnumdk/lollypop/ubuntu bionic main

Next, you’re going to need to import the signing key for the PPA.

$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 8FAD14A04A8E87F23FB5653BDBA501177AA84500

You’re clear to update Apt and install Lollypop.

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install lollypop

How To Install Lollypop on Fedora



Enable Lollypop Copr on Fedora
Enable Lollypop Copr on Fedora.

Fedora is supported via a Copr repository. While this might not be as good as being in the official Fedora repositories, it’s a pretty good option, and it’s about on-par with a well-maintained PPA. Start off by adding the Copr repository to your system with DNF.

# dnf copr enable gnumdk/lollypop

Now, just install lollypop as you usually would.

# dnf install lollypop

How To Install Lollypop on Arch Linux

Lollypop actually is in the official Arch Linux repositories because its well, Arch. If you’re new to Arch Linux, get used to this. It tends to adopt everything quickly. Install Lollypop with Pacman.

# pacman -S lollypop

How To Import Your Music on Lollypop



Lollypop First Run
Lollypop First Run.

Open up Lollypop. It’s a graphical application made for GNOME, and it’s usually categorized under Multimedia. When it first opens, you’ll see a big blank screen, and not a whole lot else. If your music is located in ~/Music, Lollypop should immediately start importing it.

You can click on the three stacked line Hamburger menu toward the upper right corner of the window to open up some options. The top one allows you to refresh your music library, in case it’s not importing.

Lollypop Add Music
Lollypop Add Music.

If your music is located elsewhere, click on that menu anyway. Select Preferences in the drop down. A new smaller window will open up. Select the Music tab toward the top of that window. This tab lets you select your library source(s). Use the drop down where it says Music to select the actual location of your music library. Lollypop should automatically respond, but you always have the option of hitting that refresh button as described above.

In either case, expect Lollypop to take a bit of time to import a large music collection. On the bright side, it’ll automatically fetch your album art and display everything really nicely.

Conclusion

You now have a new and visually appealing option to play your music. All of these installation methods establish a way to keep Lollypop continually updated, so you can focus on maintaining your music collection, not the software playing it. Lollypop is sure to keep getting attention in the future, thanks to its great visual appeal and simple interface.

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