Install Pandora Radio Client Pithos on Ubuntu Linux

Brief: This quick post shows you how to install Pandora client Pithos on Ubuntu and other Ubuntu based Linux distributions.

If you are a fan of streaming music and internet radio, you must have heard of Pandora. Pandora is one of the most popular streaming music services in the USA. While Pandora can be easily accessed via a web browser, you can also install an unofficial desktop application for Linux called Pithos.

Pithos is lightweight and integrates well in major desktop environments providing features like media keys, notification, sound menus, etc.

Install Pandora in Ubuntu Linux

Install Pithos in Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04

Pithos is already available in the Ubuntu universe repository. You can install it using the software center in Ubuntu:

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Alternatively, you can install it via terminal using the command below:

sudo apt install pithos

If by any chance, Pithos is not available from the official repository, you can install it using Flatpak. If you’re not sure how to use Flatpak, please refer to our flatpak guide before you get started.

Now, assuming that you have Flatpak enabled, use the following commands to install Pithos:

flatpak remote-add flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub io.github.Pithos

You may have to log out and sign back in to refresh the session if the commands mentioned above doesn’t work.

If you want to build it from source, you can find the installation instructions on their GitHub page.

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Pithos on Ubuntu

How To Uninstall Pithos?

You can use Ubuntu Software Center to uninstall software. In case you want to utilize the terminal, here’s the command to remove Pithos:

sudo apt remove pithos

If you used the flatpak to install Pithos, you can uninstall Pithos with following commands:

sudo flatpak uninstall pithos

Unlike Spotify, Pandora is available only in the U.S. This means, if you want to listen to Pandora in other countries, you must use a DNS spoofer like Unlocator. You may also use some good VPN service available for Linux like ProtonVPN which is free.

If you don’t want the hassle of using a VPN, you might want to check out Shockwave (Internet radio player).

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  • There’s something wrong with this Pithos installation since it won’t allow me to add stations or edit them either. There seems to be a missing button to click on the top margin.
    Can this be fixed or is this a problem with Ubuntu only?

    I went correctly in Budgie, so I wonder what’s up with plain ol’ vanilla flavor of Ubuntu?

    • ABSOLUTELY! It works like a charm and stays out of the way. I tried to explain it to my wife, but perhaps these seventy years and the fifteen or so I have been using Linux can’t get to a Windoze devotee. No matter! My music still plays …. and …. it’s on Linux.