Music is a universal language that can uplift, soothe, and inspire. If you’re an Ubuntu user, you might be wondering how you can play random music on your system. This tutorial will guide you through the process, from installing a music player to creating a playlist and enabling random playback. Let’s dive in!


Before we start, ensure you have the following:

  • An Ubuntu system
  • Internet connection
  • A collection of music files

Step 1: Install a Music Player

Firstly, we need a music player that supports random playback. A highly recommended option is VLC Media Player. To install VLC, open the Terminal and input the following command:

sudo apt-get install vlc

Step 2: Create a Playlist

Next, we’ll create a playlist. Here’s how:

  1. Create a new folder for your playlist, e.g., “Random Music” on your desktop.
  2. Move your music files into this new folder.
  3. Open VLC Media Player and navigate to “Media” > “Open Folder”.
  4. Select the folder you created for your playlist.
  5. Click “Select Folder” to add the folder to the VLC playlist.

Step 3: Enable Random Playback

With your playlist set up, it’s time to enable random playback. Here’s how:

  1. In VLC Media Player, navigate to “Playback” > “Random” to enable random playback.
  2. Hit the “Play” button to start enjoying your music.

Step 4: Customizing VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is highly customizable. You can adjust the sound settings, change the appearance of the player, and even add plugins for additional functionality. Here’s how you can customize VLC:

  1. Go to “Tools” > “Preferences” in VLC Media Player.
  2. In the “Preferences” window, you can adjust various settings such as audio, video, subtitles, and more.
  3. To change the appearance of VLC, go to “Interface” and choose a different skin or theme.
  4. To add plugins, go to “Plugins and extensions” and choose from the available options.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can I use other music players to play random music?

Yes, there are other music players like Rhythmbox and Banshee that also support random playback. The process may vary slightly, but the concept is the same.

2. Can I add more songs to my playlist?

Absolutely! You can add more songs to your playlist at any time by simply moving them into the playlist folder.

3. What if I want to play a specific song?

If you want to play a specific song, you can disable random playback by going to “Playback” > “Random” in VLC Media Player. Then, you can select the song you want to play from your playlist.


And there you have it! You now know how to play random music on Ubuntu using VLC Media Player. This tutorial has guided you through the process of installing a music player , creating a playlist, enabling random playback, and even customizing your music player. So, sit back, relax, and let the music play!