Elisa is a simple user-friendly database-driven music player built on the KDE libraries. It scans your music libraries, either using it’s own indexer of KDEs Baloo indexer depending on the desktop environment (it works in any) and makes them searchable and browsable by album, artist, track and genre. There’s also support for browsing the file system. It’s also got really limited support for Internet radio stations. It does have some shortcomings in a few areas. Elisa is overall a very staritforward and easy to use audio player 

If you’re on the hunt for a modern looking music app on Linux look no further than Elisa.

Perfect for those of you running Kubuntu or KDE Neon, the Qt-based Elisa music player is a modern, fresh looking app that aims to be “simple to use”.

Elisa is a music player developed by the KDE community that strives to be simple and nice to use. We also recognize that we need a flexible product to account for the different workflows and use-cases of our users,” the project page reads.

While the obvious “focus” for the player is on integration with the KDE Plasma desktop, it has ambitions beyond it too. Uniquely, Elisa wants to be a first-class option for users of other Linux desktop environments, like GNOME Shell, as well as users of Windows and Android.

Elisa 0.1 is the first formal release of this music app. Naturally it isn’t packed full of extra bells and whistles yet, but the majority of core music player functionality is present and working:

  • Browse music by album, artist or tracks
  • Working search
  • Create and manage playlists
  • View track metadata
  • Baloo indexing support
  • Support for HiDPI displays

The Elisa music player team says their aim with the debut release is to “provide a solid foundation for new features [to be added]”.

Later releases may include support for online services that respect user privacy.

Overall it is a great simple music player for Ubuntu Linux.

If you like to install Elisa head to our Installation Guide page to install Elisa on your system.