Thursday, August 25, 2016

How to install 10 Band Equalizer for Rhythmbox

I like Rhythmbox on Ubuntu Desktop but it does not come with an equalizer out of the box. Fortunately, there is a 10 band equalizer that you can install as a plugin and it works really well.

Here are the steps to install the 10 band equalizer with Rhythmbox version 3 and later:
  • Create a directory under your home directory for storing the 10 band equalizer plugin
    • mkdir -p ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins/
  • Go to the newly created directory and get the source for the plugin from GitHub
    • cd ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins/
    • git clone git://
  • Now go to the equalizer plugin directory and install the plugin
    • cd rhythmbox-plugins/equalizer
    • sudo apt-get install gir1.2-gconf-2.0 python-lxml
    • ./ --rb3
  • Open Rhythmbox and go to the Tools → Plugins... menu and enable the equalizer

  • Finally, you can go to Tools → Equalizer and change the settings to suit your music taste

That's it! Happy equalizing!


  1. more than awesome, I've been struggling. Worked like a charm.