Cozy, an audiobook player available for Ubuntu

about cozy

In the next article we are going to take a look at how we can install Cozy on Ubuntu. This program is an audiobook player for Gnu / Linux desktops. The application will allow us to listen to audiobooks without DRM (mp3, m4a, flac, ogg and wav) using a simple Gtk3 interface. The interface is reasonably well designed, although books with very long titles can cause problems.

Cozy is a free and open source software that is written in Python. In its interface we will see that the top bar offers buttons to rewind, start / pause the playback and advance. On the lower right side, we will find a slider for volume, playback speed and sleep timer, among other options. The main part of the window will be occupied by a list of the authors and our library of books.

General features of Cozy

program preferences

  • The program has the drag and drop functionality to add to our library.
  • Another particularly useful feature is the program’s ability to remember your playing position in each each book.
  • We will also find the possibility of sort books by author, reader and name.
  • This program is compatible with a wide range of audio formats, including MP3, M4A, FLAC, Ogg, OPUS, and wav files.
  • We will find a off timer. We can configure the off timer to activate during any period of up to 2 hours. It will also give us the ability to stop playback after the current chapter. We can also enable the system power control, which allows you to suspend or turn off our equipment.
  • In the program interface we will find a playback speed control.

cozy running

  • We can add multiple storage locations. The software copies our audiobooks to a central location.
  • It will give us the possibility of change the appearance of the interface with a dark mode.
  • In the interface we will find the possibility of enabling an option to prefer images external to the embedded cover.
  • We will have the possibility of force a database update. This updates the metadata for all imported workbooks.

These are just some of the features, you can consult all of them in detail in their GitHub repository.

Installing Cozy on Ubuntu

Via repository

This program does not have a package in the standard Ubuntu repositories. If you use Ubuntu 20.04 or earlier, you can install this program by following the instructions that we indicated in an article a while ago. If you use a larger version, you will only need add the Cozy PPA to the system. This will allow you to install the program from Ubuntu 20.10 onwards. To do this, it will only be necessary to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command:

add repository for Cozy

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cozy-team/cozy

When the update of the available software is finished, we can now proceed to install the software with the command:

install cozy with apt

sudo apt install cozy

After installation, only find the launcher of this program in our team.

cozy launcher

Uninstall

For remove installed package through the repository, we will only need to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command in it:

uninstall cozy apt

sudo apt remove cozy; sudo apt autoremove

Now for delete repository that we use for the installation, we will only have to execute this other command in the same terminal:

remove cozy repository

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:cozy-team/cozy

Using Flatpak

This program we can install it also as a package Flatpak. We will only need to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and write the command in it:

install cozy with flatpak

flatpak install flathub com.github.geigi.cozy

After installation, we can start the program looking for its launcher on our computer, or executing the command in the terminal:

flatpak run com.github.geigi.cozy

Uninstall

If you have installed this program via flatpak package, to remove it from your system, in a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) you will only have to write in it:

uninstall flatpak package

flatpak uninstall com.github.geigi.cozy

If you are looking for an audiobook player, Cozy is a good alternative. It’s stable, works well, and tries to make things easier for audiobook lovers. While Cozy can play many types of audio formats, it won’t be your show if you just want a music player. However, it must be said that it has a seamless playback, something that some dedicated music players lack.

More information about this program can be found at project website or in your GitHub repository.

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