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Sayonara is A Beautiful Lightweight Music Player for Linux

Brief: If you are looking for a lightweight music player with clean, intuitive user interface and all the standard features, give Sayonara a try.

Sayonara is one of the lesser known music players for Linux that deserve more attention. Sayonara is a small, lightweight music player available only for Linux systems. It is written in C++ and uses Qt framework. GStreamer is used as audio backend.

It has an intuitive user interface and the default dark theme gives it a stunning look.

Sayonara Music Player for Linux
Sayonara player interface

This tiny music player has just released its first stable version under GPL 3 open source license.

Sayonara features

Sayonara may be a small application but it is not small on the features side. It packs all the essentials features you would expect in a regular music player. Some of the main features are:

  • Supports various music and playlist formats
  • Media library with search function
  • Directory view
  • Support for external device
  • Genre organization
  • Playlist view grouped into tabs
  • Various views ranging from equalizer to spectrum
  • Shortcut keys
  • Desktop integration with desktop notification, sound menu integration and media key integration
  • Album art
  • Internet stream with services like SoundCloud and Last.fm
  • Support for podcasts and internet radio
  • Support for several languages other than English
  • Built-in option to record streaming music

You can get the complete list of features on this page. There is a FAQ page to answer your general questions. If that doesn’t satisfy your queries, there is a dedicated forum as well.

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How to install Sayonara music player

Sayonara is exclusively available for Linux. It has support for all major Linux platforms including Mageia Linux.

Let’s see how to install Sayonara audio player in Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. There are DEB packages available that you can download and install the application by double-clicking on it.

Alternatively, if you like PPA, you can use the official PPA to install it. The PPA is available for Ubuntu 16.04 and above versions. So it won’t work with Mint 17 series.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:lucioc/sayonara
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sayonara

I recommend reading my tutorial on deleting an application installed by PPA if you want to delete the installed Sayonara package.

Fedora users can install Sayonara using the command below:

sudo dnf install sayonara

Arch users can find Sayonara in AUR.

Instructions for Mageia and source code can be found on its download page.

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Experiencing Sayonara music player

I had a quick test run of Sayonara audio player. It claims to be a lightweight application but is it really lightweight? The answer is yes.

First, the DEB file I downloaded was just 2.8 MB. Second, when I played music (with only a few music files), it consumed only 32 MB of RAM which should be considered lightweight.

Sayonara Music Player
Easy on resources

I also noticed that it is well integrated with the desktop. I had desktop notifications for track changes. I could change the tracks, pause the music with the media key on my XPS 13 laptop.

Sayonara music player desktop integration
Full desktop integration

Sayonara is automatically added to system tray icon and thus giving you quick access to the player in the top (or bottom) panel.

Sayonara music player for Linux
system tray integration

It is also added to the sound menu for quick access.

Using Sayonara music player
sound menu integration

The feature of adding tracks to the current playlist is confusing. Double-clicking on a track doesn’t start to play but add it to the current playing list. This is something I found annoying.

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Is Sayonara worth a try?

I’ll be frank. I don’t use desktop music player that often. I hardly have music files on my system. I prefer YouTube or Spotify for my music needs.

But I know there are people with thousands of local music files. If you are among them, a music player like Sayonara is definitely worth a shot, if you are willing to experiment. It’s also a good player for people who miss Winamp on Linux because it resembles the classic Winamp media player.

Have you tried Sayonara audio player already? How is your experience with it?

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  • The memory usage may be considered lightweight but in other ways no, it created a 10GB directory in my .cache folder for the covers, no other music app I’ve used does that, it’s literally the biggest folder in my cache and I’ve stopped using it for years because it doesn’t suit me.
    I just opened it again and played some songs to make it use memory and it’s pretty equivalent to Clementine with the same usage and library.
    I can remember Sayonara using absurd amounts of memory if I left it open for days >1GB (which I often do for Clementine which always stays around 500mb) however I’m just going to assume the developer has fixed that issue over the few years I haven’t used it (but still let it update).

  • It uses far more memory than 32mb. Internet radio searches doesn’t work and you can’t load multiple plugins at the same time.

  • well, installed by snap store and it takes a long time to load the application, tried several times and same thing. Probably not the same results if installed differently, but this is my experience on a snap install.

  • I’m glad someone finally decided to give Sayonara Player some attention. As a long-time (over a decade) Linux user, and always one to try anything at least once, I’d say Sayonara is about as good as it gets. Especially for a low-resource, small footprint player.

    I have a relatively massive local music collection (vinyl, tapes, DVD,s CDs, and terabytes’ worth of music on hard drive), so I am a pretty demanding end-user. I have nothing but praise for this player and haven’t encountered any real problems with it. It looks beautiful, easy on the eyes, logically arranged interface, responsive and full of cool features.

    Without going on and on about it, I’d suggest people just TRY IT. I think you’ll be happy you did.