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This document is to introduce Ampache and the AmpachePackage Project to the Ubuntu community.


Ampache is a Web-based Audio file manager. It is implemented with MySQL, and PHP. It allows you to view, edit, and play your audio files via the web. It has support for playlists, artist and album views, album art, random play, playback via Http/On the Fly Transcoding and Downsampling, Vote based playback, Mpd and Icecast, Integrated Flash Player, as well as per user themes and song play tracking. You can also Link multiple Ampache servers together using XML-RPC. Ampache supports GETTEXT translations and has a full translation of many languages.

Ampache Resources

Ampache Lead Developer Karl Vollmer, vollmer AT ampache DOT org

New Ampache Install Instructions

Ampache- will be included into the Hardy release of Ubuntu and is available for download.

Ampache-3.4.1 will be included into the Intrepid release of Ubuntu and is available for download.

Due to Debian Release Freeze Ampache-3.4.3-1 will not be in the Lenny release. However a Feature Freeze Exception was granted for Ampache-3.4.3-0ubuntu1 to be included into Intrepid.

Due to a lintian error, Ampache-3.4.3-0ubuntu1 now depends on libjs-prototype. libjs-prototype is only available in Intrepid and Lenny. Currently libjs-prototype is not in the Hardy archive unless it is backported. So what this means is that Ampache-3.4.3-0ubuntu1 will not install on Hardy or Etch due to Unmet Dependencies.

The maintainer has been kind enough to make a version of Ampache-3.4.3-0ubuntu1 for Hardy and Etch. These are not official packages so please do not file bug reports against them, contact me directly.

The Hardy/Etch version of Ampache-3.4.3-0ubuntu1 can be found here

There is also the Ampache-Themes- themes package available in the Hardy archives. Sorry, for those folks using Ampache-3.4 additional themes are not yet available due to the fact that Ampache-3.4 is still in development.

Now open a terminal and type

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ampache mysql-server-5.0 phpmyadmin

Set up a mysql user account with root privileges

Point your browser to http://localhost/ampache or http://your.ip.address/ampache and follow the install instruction.

There is a very good install guide located on the Wiki or at Ampache For Debian And Ubuntu.

Old Ampache Install Instructions

For those comfortable with the command line the following commands should get you up and running.

On an existing setup,

sudo apt-get install apache2-mpm-prefork, mysql-server, php5, php5-gd

NOTE-phpmyadmin can be used to create a user account with root privliges on the mysql server.

If starting from scratch, install the Ubuntu-server cd

Next open a terminal and enter the following commands.

1. cd /tmp

2. wget <a href="http://www.ampache.org/downloads/current.tar.gz">http://www.ampache.org/downloads/current.tar.gz</a>

3. tar -xzvf current.tar.gz

4. mv ampache-??? /usr/share/

5 cd /usr/share

6. mv ampache-??? ampache

7. chown -R www-data:www-data ampache

8. nano /etc/apache2/conf.d/ampache

type into nano

Alias /ampache /usr/share/ampache

<directory />


9. ctrl o to save

10. ctrl x to exit nano

11. /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Stop here if you plan on using phpmyadmin to setup mysql user account with root priv. If not continue

12. mysql -u <username> -p

13. mysql: create database ampache;

14. mysql: \q

15. mysql -u <username> -p ampache < sql/ampache.sql

16. cp config/ampache.cfg.php.dist config/ampache.cfg.php

17. nano config/ampache.cfg.php

type into nano

local_host = localhost

local_db = ampache

local_pass = <password>

local_user = <username>

18. ctrl o to save

19. ctrl x to exit nano

Then point your web browser to http://your.domain/ampache and this will bring you to the Ampache install page and just follow the instructions.

AmpachePackaging Project

The AmpachePackaging Project is completed.

Charlie Smotherman cjsmo@cableone.net

How to Enable XSPF Player

Ampache comes with a way to play media through the browser via an embedded Flash based player. The file needed for this feature has been removed from the Ubuntu package (probably for licensing reasons).

Tested Ubuntu 10.10 with Ampache 3.5.4 To use the Flash player with Ubuntu packaged Ampache: Visit Ampache website http://ampache.org/ and download Ampache 3.5.4.

Uncompress. From uncompressed directory, move: ampache-3.5.4/modules/flash/xspf_jukebox.swf

to your system: /usr/share/ampache/www/modules/flash

Player should now work.


With 11.04 Natty (ampache-3.5.4-9ubuntu3) a simple bash script has been added to do all this for you. Simply run

  • bash /usr/share/ampache/www/bin/grab_xspf.sh

Daniel Mueller bordercolliecult@gmail.com

ampache (last edited 2013-12-10 02:38:49 by cprofitt)