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How to Use Pandora on Linux

Dan Price 20-04-2018

If you have a subscription to Pandora’s One service 6 Reasons Why You Should Try Pandora Premium Pandora Premium faces some tough competition. However, having tested this new music streaming service for a couple of weeks, we've come up with six reasons why you should try it. Read More , you can download a desktop client for your Windows or Mac computer. You can also find apps for Android and iOS, as well as a Windows modern app in the Microsoft Store.


But if you’re a Linux user, you’re out of luck. There’s no official Pandora app for the operating system. However, there’s a workaround you can use.

Called Pithos, the app is much less resource-intensive than the web version of Pandora. It runs on Ubuntu, Fedora, and Arch Linux, and can also be installed via Flathub as a Flatpak. Let’s look at the installation process for each distro in more detail.

How to Install Pithos on Ubuntu

To install Pithos on Ubuntu, you need to use a PPA (Personal Package Archives) repo. Doing so ensures you will always receive the app’s latest updates in a timely fashion.

To install the app, open the terminal and enter the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pithos/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pithos

How to Install Pithos on Fedora

Fedora users can install the official RPM that’s available from RPM Fusion. To install the app, type the commands below:

sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-X.noarch.rpm -y
sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-X.noarch.rpm -y
sudo dnf install pithos

Note: Replace release-X with the version of Fedora that you are using.

How to Install Pithos on Arch Linux

Although the Pithos developers don’t advertise it, you can install the app via the Arch User Repository. You will need to use the Pacman package manager inside the terminal. To get started, just use the commands below:

sudo pacman -S git
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/pithos.git
cd pithos
makepkg -si

How to Install Pithos as a Flatpak

If you have Flatpak running on your Linux distro, you can install Pithos via Flathub. Here are the commands you will need:

sudo flatpak remote-add flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
sudo flatpak install flathub io.github.Pithos

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  1. Adam
    April 23, 2018 at 3:12 am

    The file in Arch's AUR shows a bad PGP signature. It can't be installed through Pacman, either.