How To Install Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Google Play Music Desktop Player aka GPMDP is an open-source, unofficial Google plays music app for Linux desktops released under an MIT license, also available for Mac OS X and Windows. It was made by a university student in Melbourne, Australia.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Features in Google Play Music Desktop Player

  • Customizable built-in equalizer for audio
  • Audio output device options
  • Simple and nicely-designed mini player
  • Native desktop notifications
  • support with now playing and scrobbling features
  • HTML5-based. No need for Adobe Flash Player
  • Customizable media key support. Use media keys or create custom shortcuts if you don’t have any
  • UI customization: Set the dark theme to your taste
  • Customize almost everything
  • Interface with external apps like Rainmeter

Install Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install gdebi

Step 2. Installing Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu.

First, download the deb package from the Github project page and run the following commands to install Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu systems:

sudo gdebi google-play-music-desktop-player_4.7.1_amd64.deb

Step 3. Accessing Google Play Music Desktop on Ubuntu.

Once installed, Google Play Music Desktop can be started from Unity Dash or your preferred app launcher.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Google Play Music. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Google Play Music Desktop Player website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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