Equalizer for Rhythmbox

Thanks to Ubuntuforums I came to know of a really cool plugin which enables a 10 band equalizer in Rhyhtmbox.

To add this equalizer, simply copy paste the following code in the terminal (Accessories > Terminal):

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins && wget http://www.lirmm.fr/~morandat/pub/upload/Main/rb-equalizer.tar.bz2 -O – | tar xvjf – -C ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins

To activate this plugin, launch Rhythmbox, go to Edit > Plugins and the check Equalizer. The equalizer’s 10 band setting is available from the Plugins menu.

Try it out. Its a really cool feature.


(Source : – http://www.lirmm.fr/~morandat/index.php/Main/Tools)

36 Responses to “Equalizer for Rhythmbox”

  1. 1 cicero86
    May 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I tried this, but the terminal said :

    “–10:54:39– http://www.lirmm.fr/~morandat/pub/upload/Main/rb-equalizer.tar.bz2
    => `-‘
    Resolving http://www.lirmm.fr... tar: –: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
    Connecting to http://www.lirmm.fr||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
    Length: 7,223 (7.1K) [application/x-tar]

    0% [ ] 0 –.–K/s

    Cannot write to `rb-equalizer.tar.bz2′ (Broken pipe).”

    I downloaded the plugin file (rb-equalizer.tar.bz2). But I don’t know how to install it. My Ubuntu is 8.04 Hardy Heron.

  2. 5 cicero86
    May 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I understand that 8.04 is still a TLS version..it ends @ 2011
    thanks anywayz πŸ™‚

  3. 9 cicero86
    May 12, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I’m on my XP now πŸ™‚
    I’ll try the new code as soon as I log in to Ubuntu πŸ™‚
    thanks a lot, you’re very helpful πŸ™‚
    I’ll tell you the result after I use the code πŸ™‚

  4. 10 cicero86
    May 12, 2010 at 10:22 am

    the equalizer is actually there since i did the 1st code…but when i open rhythmbox plugins and then check the equalizer…i click the button (configure) & doesn’t open anything :S
    don’t know why
    i hope i’m not asking for much. but anyway if you couldn’t find a way to solve it. it’s okay i understand, i already bothered you asking for the code twice! πŸ™‚
    thanks a lot

    • May 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      you might just want to try out the second code since its specifically for older releases.

      i would have suggested trying out the pulse audio system equalizer but since ur one 8.04 its not really an option since ALSA was the default then.

  5. 12 jpickle99
    July 14, 2010 at 3:54 am

    When I cut/paste the command into a terminal session, an extra hyphen was added in the tar command. If the cut/paste fails for anyone, you need to change “tar xvjf –” to “tar xvjf -” (that is, remove one of the hyphens). The EQ works great, by the way.

  6. August 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Work for me. Thanks!

  7. 14 Andy
    September 3, 2010 at 11:05 am

    It worked for me, but only after typing the script in manually.

    Note: Whenever someone posts a script, DON’T cut/paste it into terminal. Type it manually. Your web browser will mess up the script sometimes.

  8. September 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

    works great!
    Thank you very much!

  9. November 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    thanks a lot for your help….this command will work on kubuntu 10.10 with a little change

    “mkdir -p ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins && wget http://www.lirmm.fr/~morandat/pub/upload/Main/rb-equalizer.tar.bz2 -O- | tar xvjf – -C ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins”.

  10. November 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Thank you for the post! What an awesome plugin for Rhythmbox… And thanks to Teemu Kallio and
    Floreal Morandat for writing the plugin!

  11. 18 funkyu
    November 20, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Thanks mate this works like a charm! πŸ˜‰
    ubununtu 10.10

  12. 19 Gaurav Sehgal
    December 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for the plugin.
    For all the new comers copy the file after downloading from the link mentioned in the script and extract it to the Plugins folder for Rhythmbox. (.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins)

  13. 20 irwan siswandy
    December 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

    thanks a lot for the plug-in !
    it worked with my ubuntu 10.10

  14. 21 Blaine
    January 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Does anyone know of a good resource for settings? I’m not good at balancing an EQ.

  15. 23 Coke
    February 1, 2011 at 12:50 am

    thanks so much for this info.

    • 24 Coke
      February 1, 2011 at 12:54 am

      thanks so much for this info, worked fine for me on Ubuntu 10.10, You have to extract the downloaded file (equalizer plugin) to .local/share/rhythmbox/plugins .

  16. 25 Colonel_Ingus
    February 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Confirmed working for 10.04 Lucid. A little buggy, but works, and that’s all that matters.

  17. March 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

    wget http://www.lirmm.fr/~morandat/pub/upload/Main/rb-equalizer.tar.bz2 -O- | tar xvjf – -C /usr/lib/rhythmbox/plugins

    UBUNTU 10.10

    above problems were with:
    1. | tar xvjf – -C where “-” was not the right sign – probably different ASCII (longe one -), terminal did not understand
    2. rule was not working because new UBUNTU has different folder placement
    3. instead of copy paste STOP, read response and think for 5 minutes.


  18. 27 akshay jain
    April 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Non geekish method to do the same…..

    download this file “http://www.lirmm.fr/~morandat/pub/upload/Main/rb-equalizer.tar.bz2” then extract the archive with archive manager and then move the directory (equilizer) that is created to ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins. restart rhythm box and it should work.

  19. 28 john
    April 19, 2011 at 6:20 am

    ok. I found another eq i want to try. how do i uninstall this one?

  20. 29 jasper de jong
    May 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Great! Worked on my 10.04 ubuntu.

  21. 30 mb
    June 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing, actually there’s a little typo in the code, there must be a space at the last dash at wget part: -O -, ( it’s -O- now), otherwise it works fine. So try:

    mkdir -p ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins && wget http://www.lirmm.fr/~morandat/pub/upload/Main/rb-equalizer.tar.bz2 -O – | tar xvjf – -C ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins

  22. August 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Hi, I have just test it on Fedora 14 and it works perfectly. thank you and others for the great work!

  23. 33 dchky
    August 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Works in Ubuntu 11.04. This only took how many years to implement? πŸ™‚

  24. 34 Caleb
    August 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Just what I needed… Works seamlessly on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS – Lucid Lynx. Thanks.

  25. December 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Is there any way to access the EQ from the Tools menu or a UI?

  26. 36 Rick C. Hodgin
    June 2, 2012 at 7:33 am

    You can also go to the ~/.local/share/rhythmbox directory and type:

    git clone https://github.com/luqmana/rhythmbox-plugins.git plugins

    And you’ll have them loaded. Go to Rhythmbox plugins and enable 10-band equalizer.

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