I'm looking for a program that will visualize anything that goes through my audio-output (in this case it's Spotify) and display it on the screen. Does this exist?

I'm running Ubuntu.

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cava is a fun one. It's a console application, so it's fairly lightweight. You can also run it in an ssh session from a different computer on the network.


Try using projectM.

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Either the packages is already in your sources or you can compile the source code from sourceforge.

There are packages for pulseaudio and JACK. ProjectM is able to directly use the audio output or your OS.

  • For 12.04 it's in the repos. Chances are good you want to install package projectm-pulseaudio (jack is also available). However I had to unmute an input monitor as described here askubuntu.com/a/532767/64513 in order to get some signal to the visuals. But otherwise: cool!
    – nuala
    Feb 21, 2015 at 20:45

This archive from linuxaudio.org has many different visualizers.

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    Had the same wish as Emil but I am looking for a "party mode" visualizer. All those on linuxaudio are too scientific. Jan 29, 2014 at 21:20
  • This site doesn't exist anymore...
    – Nearoo
    Jul 15, 2016 at 19:28
  • @evan.bovie RIP.
    – Nearoo
    Jul 16, 2016 at 20:18
  • Here's a very similar page, without having to go through archive.org: linux-sound.org/scopes.html To @StephanSchielke's point, though, Cthugha is still the most interesting. Nov 18, 2021 at 16:32

found Synaesthesia to be both beautiful and easy to use, it also works well with pulseaudio through the command

padsp synaesthesia line

website: http://logarithmic.net/pfh/synaesthesia

it is available in ubuntu repositories


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