Amarok on other platforms

Amarok is intended for the KDE desktop, but it works on other platforms as well. Although it takes some effort, Amarok can run on these configurations:

Amarok on Non-KDE Desktops

Although Amarok is one the most well-known KDE applications, it can run on other desktop environments too.

This section shows how Amarok can be used on non-KDE Linux® desktops. These are examples; there may be more.


To configure the proxy for Amarok on GNOME, modify and add this to ~/.kde/share/config/kioslaverc

[Proxy Settings][$i]


The Amarok systray icon does not work by default with E17. So, one should disable the Show tray icon from General Options in Amarok's preferences.


To launch Amarok faster, enable Launch KDE services on startup by going into SettingsSessions and StartupAdvanced and checking the option.


If Amarok is taking to long to load, add exec kdeinit to ~/.fluxbox/startup.


In case Amarok starts slowly in LXDE, you can add kdeinit to the startup applications using the lxsession-edit command.

Amarok on Windows


This pages needs screenshots for the Amarok 2.8 version

As you already know, a normal Windows install doesn't use KDE, so if you want to install Amarok, you can't just download the Amarok package. You must install a compatible compiler first. Here is described how to download, install and run Amarok in the Windows operating system.

How to download

If you run into any difficulties, please visit the Amarok on Windows wiki page where the latest links will be kept updated. Otherwise, use the latest at the following links:

How to install

The installation is very simple, just run the downloaded .exe file.


If you want to update be sure to remove your current install.

Step 1

First, review on the license terms.

Step 2

Second, choose the install location.

If you want to change the default location, select Browse... and choose a new location.

Step 3

Wait a few minutes while the installation finishes.

Step 4

When the installation is done, dismiss the window with Close. Your Amarok installation has finished.

Running Amarok

When the installation finishes, you'll find an Amarok shortcut on your desktop. To run Amarok, just click the shortcut.

Amarok on Mac® OS X


Current Macports 2.1.3 only ships an outdated Amarok 2.6.0 version

Amarok can be installed and used on the Mac® OS X.

Installation using MacPorts

To install Amarok on Mac® OS X, first one needs to install MacPorts from here. Once MacPorts is installed one needs to run the following command in the terminal:

sudo port install amarok

The port command will fetch all the dependencies, compile, build and install them. This process may take quite some time, four to five hours in a recent install.


The following screenshot shows Amarok running on the Mac® OS X:

Other resources

If you run into difficulties, there is a troubleshooting page here.