Picard Linux Install

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Installing Picard on Linux

Setup and install guide for Picard under Linux. If you don't want to install third party binary packages, the source is available here.


Picard is available in the Mandriva development version Cooker in the contribs repository. Cooker users can simply install it by running

urpmi picard

or by selecting it in rpmdrake.


Available in Ubuntu's universe repository since Feisty. To install it run this command or use Synaptic instead.

sudo apt-get install picard

Latest official packages also available via the main Launchpad page.

Daily builds available at here.


Picard 0.11-2.1 is available in the Debian Repositories for Stable (Squeeze). Note: versions prior to 0.15 do not support NGS.

Picard 1.0-1 is available in the Debian Repositories for Testing (Wheezy). It may be possible to run a more up-to-date version of Picard on Debian Stable using apt-pinning.

There is also a .deb of Version 0.12.1-1 for Debian Lenny build by kaiserbert available for download here. To install the .deb just download and type sudo dpkg -i picard_0.12.1-1_i386.deb.

You can find a thread about the .deb for Lenny in the forum.


Picard Qt is now included in Gentoo Portage. To install Picard, simply run:

emerge --sync
emerge picard

Note that you should enable the USE flag "ffmpeg" if you want acoustinc fingerprinting, and "cdaudio" if you want to recognize CDs from your drive.

Arch Linux

Arch Linux has the picard package in the community repositor, simply run:

sudo pacman -S picard

wiki.archlinux tells you how to enable the community repository, if you haven't done this already.


RPM builds for various SUSE versions can be found as well as 1-click installed in the OpenSUSE Software directory.

Select the correct one for your OpenSUSE version.


This version does not automatically install optional things like PUID support. If you want to ensure you've got full functionality, also make sure RPMs for the following are installed:

libdiscid0 python-mutagen python-qt4 libofa ffmpeg

libdiscid0 is available from the same repository as Picard linked above.

The other RPMs are available from SUSE default main repository, as well as Packman's repository ( http://packman.links2linux.org ). Just make sure you have Packman's repo set up and search for those 5 RPMs to ensure they are installed.

Fedora 7, 8 and Higher

Picard is now in the official Fedora package collection:


since dependent packages PyQt4 and libdiscid are now also available in Fedora. Just install with yum

yum install picard

Currently these packages do not have support for acoustic fingerprinting because that depends on ffmpeg which isn't available in Fedora due to patent issues in ffmpeg.

ffmpeg is available from the livna rpm repository. It is necessary to install the packages ffmpeg and ffmpeg-devel, and rebuild picard from the source RPM in order to enable PUID generation within picard on Fedora.