Use The New Gradio App To Listen to Radio Stations on Your Linux Desktop

Gradio — Best Radio App for Ubuntu


Gradio is a radio player app for the Linux desktop and it is as simple as simple gets. It is a native GTK application with which you can browse, search and find radio stations and even listen to them without the use a browser or the need to enter a URL for an internet radio stream channel.

The Gradio app uses the community-based ‘Radio Browser‘ website for its database service, which is a great choice because it implies that there will be a variety of radio stations available from all over the world and users can find and listen to them from inside the app, including major commercial broadcasters and public services  like Sweden’s RixFM and the BBC.

Discovering Gradio Channels

With Gradio, searching for stations couldn’t be simpler: just click the ‘Discover’ tab and browse the featured stations; or you can enter a word or name to find a specific one, e.g. “BBC Radio 4”.

There will be a small pop-over with a number of options when you click on a result and these options are: ‘Like’, ‘Open station’s homepage in a browser’, ‘Play station’, and ‘add/remove to library’.


A couple of radio stations indicate ‘now playing’ information at the bottom of the window in the play strip like: the name of the currently playing track. Sadly, not all do e.g. BBC.


But this is a minor issue and is in no way the app’s fault, we’re mentioning it so you have it.

Major Features in Gradio:

  • Choice of views: grid or list
  • ‘Discover’ section highlights popular radio stations
  • MPRIS (sound menu) support
  • Program information
  • Search box lets you find specific radio stations
  • You can add radio stations to your library


Installing Gradio on Ubuntu 16.04+

If you are interested in using Gradio then grab its .deb installer for Ubuntu version 16.04 LTS and above from its official GitHub page.

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Martins Okoi
Computer Science enthusiasts with a passion for learning new things. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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