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Note that Beep Media Player is not in Ubuntu since 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron). The project itself has been dormant since 2005 http://sourceforge.net/projects/beepmp

Beep Media Player

Beep Media Player (BMP) is a fork of XMMS using the GTK2 toolkit to look a lot nicer. You will need the Universe and Multiverse repositories enabled to install BMP and plugins, see AddingRepositoriesHowto for more information.

sudo apt-get install beep-media-player

Note: As of 2005 BMP is no longer being developed. If you are using Ubuntu 7.04 or later, consider using Audacious or BMPx, which are forks of BMP.


BMP is compatible with Winamp 2.x (Classic) and XMMS skins. Ubuntu includes a few skins also, to install them:

sudo apt-get install bmp-skins

You can also download more skins from the Winamp skins page and place them in "~/.bmp/Skins" to use with BMP.


BMP is capable of using custom playlists. You can create, save and load playlists by clicking on the button located on the bottom right of the "Playlist" screen.


BMP supports m3u playlists, which means it can play albums from Magnatune. Simply click on any of the "play hifi" or "lowfi" links and select Beep Media Player to open the .m3u file. At the time of writing the Rock&Pop genre contained almost 800 free songs.

Music Plugins

There are several plugins needed to play your MP3/MWA etc music files with BMP. Eventually BMP will be moving towards GStreamer however this won't happen in near future (not before GStreamer 0.10/1.0). Hoary and Breezy will still use the normal plugin system for some time to come.

Essential Pacakges

Before compiling any of the plugins, install the libxml-praser-perl, build-essential and BMP dev packages.

sudo apt-get install libxml-parser-perl build-essential beep-media-player-dev

Mp3 Plugin

libmpg123.so is already included with BMP, so it should play .mp3 files out of the box. More information is available at RestrictedFormats.

WMA Plugin

There is no WMA plugin available in Ubuntu, but you can compile one yourself:

Download the WMA Plugin

wget http://download.berlios.de/bmp-plugins/bmp-wma-0.1.1.tar.gz

Extract the files

tar -xvzf bmp-wma-0.1.1.tar.gz

Enter the directory

cd bmp-wma-0.1.1

Configure and compile it


Install it

sudo make install

IconsPage/warning.png You cannot play WMA files with DRM.

Misc Plugins

Before compiling any of these plugins, see Essential Pacakges above.

BMP Docklet

This plugin lets you control BMP via an icon in your task tray.

Firstly download the plugin:

wget http://mark.xnull.de/bmp-docklet/bmp-docklet-1.3.tar.bz2
tar -jxf bmp-docklet-1.3.tar.bz2

Enter the directory

cd bmp-docklet-1.3

Configure and compile it

make check

install it

sudo make install

This plugin can now be enabled under BMP Preferences -> Plugins -> General -> Docklet Plugin

XF86Audio Keys, Blur Scope, Blursk, Libvisual, MiniLCD, wmDiscoTux and Crossfade Plugins

This plugin is actually a combination of plugins from XMMS. Note that this plugin also includes a Docklet plugin but trying to use it crashes BMP (use the one above instead).

Firstly download the plugin:

wget http://www.linuxhd.com/bmp-extra-plugins-0.2.2.tar.bz2
tar -jxf bmp-extra-plugins-0.2.2.tar.bz2

Enter the directory

cd bmp-extra-plugins-0.2.2

Configure and compile it


Install it

sudo make install

You should now have the following plugins:


  • Status Docklet Plugin (do not use, crashes BMP!)
  • XF86Audio Keys Control


  • Blur Scope
  • blursk 0.2.2
  • Libvisual beep media player plugin 0.2.0
  • MiniLCD plugin v.0.2.2
  • wmDiscoTux

Output (in dropdown)

  • Crossfade Plugin 0.2.2

Beep Media Library

Beep Media Library is a playlist plugin that allows you to do text based searches on filenames. Beep Media Library is not needed for normal playlists in BMP, it is simply an addon feature.

A quote from the home page:

It provides a text field from which you can search multiple directories for files including the string in the text field. Selected files can be played directly or queued up at the end of the playlist. If the last file of the playlist is playing, the BeepMediaLibrary can be set up to add a random file out of the whole library.

Firstly download the plugin:

wget http://download.berlios.de/beepmedialib/BeepMediaLibrary-0.12.tar.gz
tar -zxf BeepMediaLibrary-0.12

Enter the directory

cd BeepMediaLibrary-0.12

Compile it


Install it

sudo make install

This plugin can now be enabled under BMP Preferences -> Plugins -> General -> BeepMediaLibrary 0.1.1

More Plugins

For more plugins, see the BMP plugin page.

BeepMediaPlayer (last edited 2017-09-04 18:54:27 by ckimes)