DeadBeef Silica

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A Sailfish port of the DeadBeef audio player.


  1. Support for controlling playback through wired headset buttons
  2. Option to restore previous session at startup
  3. Playlist items grouping feature


  • Wide range of supported formats:
    • Lossy audio: MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, Opus, DTS, WMA, MusePack, MP2, MP1
    • Lossless audio: FLAC, APE, WavPack, ALAC, TTA, Shorten
    • Uncompressed audio: WAV, AIFF
    • Tracker music: MOD, XM, IT, S3M, STM, PTM, MTM, 669
    • Game music: GBS, AY
    • SID tunes
    • MIDI (requires FreePats package installed)
    • Other rare audio formats (most of them are not tested)
  • Cuesheet (.CUE files) support
  • Gapless playback
  • Streaming radio support
  • Multiple playlists support with ability to save and load playlists in M3U, M3U8, PLS and native DBPL formats
  • Support for tags in various formats
  • Playback Queue support
  • 18-band graphical equalizer
  • Support for various playback orders (linear, shuffle tracks, shuffle albums, random) and looping modes (loop all, loop single song, do not loop)
  • scrobbling support
  • Support for controlling playback through the buttons on a lockscreen
  • Support for controlling playback through Bluetooth headset buttons. It currently works on a phones with Bluez5 only (Sailfish X at least). Support for phones with Bluez4 (Jolla 1 and some others) is expected some time later.
  • Support for controlling playback throught wired headset button (Call/Hangup single-press - play/pause, double-press - next track, triple-press - previous track)
  • Support for playing files directly from ZIP files
  • Option to restore previous session at startup

Available and upcoming translations:

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Known issues:

  • MMS streaming protocol is supported but currently broken
  • ALAC is currently broken
  • PLS playlist format is currently broken

Please use bug tracker to file bug reports and feature requests.

Application versions: 
File deadbeef-silica-0.1-10.3.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm102.59 KB25/12/2017 - 18:20
File deadbeef-silica-0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm1019.3 KB23/04/2019 - 19:54
File deadbeef-silica-0.3-1.armv7hl.rpm183.05 KB08/06/2019 - 17:36
File deadbeef-silica-0.4-1.armv7hl.rpm203.08 KB24/08/2019 - 11:32
File deadbeef-silica-0.5-1.armv7hl.rpm200.94 KB09/11/2019 - 17:29
File deadbeef-silica-0.6-1.armv7hl.rpm201.25 KB19/01/2020 - 15:38
File deadbeef-silica-0.7-1.armv7hl.rpm206.85 KB09/02/2020 - 13:33

- Updated DeadBeef core to 1.8.2. This brings following changes:
    * Fixed raw AAC playback
    * Added new feature "Resume previous session on startup"
    * Added support for Opus audio format
- Implemented playback control through wired headset buttons
- Implemented playlist items grouping

Full changelog


247's picture

First bug i noticed is the fact that it opens just one time, then you need to unistall and install it again to open the way, i assume this player will never have album and artist view right?

kravich's picture

Hi 247! Do you still observe described issue with the new version of this application?

I checked logs you provided before and can't figure out what was the cause of a bug. But a lot of time has passed since and many versions of software has changed, so it worth to check if this issue is still here.

kravich's picture

>by the way, i assume this player will never have album and artist view right?

Currently deadbeef core supports only playlists, but when original author will finish "medialibrary" plugin, various medialibrary-related use-cases (including artist and album view) could be relatively easy implemented in this port. However, it does not seem that this will happen in the near future.

Markkyboy's picture

Sounds more like a problem with your device, seeing as you are complaining on TJC that mediaplayers are stuttering and now you say DeadBeef needs to be removed and reinatalled to open it again - this is not the case for me, I can close and open the app repeatedly without problem, so it is not a bug, at least not in my opinion.

Kelmi's picture

Awesome to see first sailfish native player that supports .cue files! I tested this app and yeah .cue files opened.


Very simple player lack of features but let's wait future updates. I'm keep to testing this player and gladly report possible bugs and suggest some features. Thank you for this app!

kravich's picture

Kelmi, thank you for feedback! Yes, .cue support was the primary motivation to start development of this app =)

I hope I'll be able to provide new updates soon.