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The podcast client for the modern free desktop.


Vocal is currently being re-written for GTK and libadwaita. A stable 4.0 release is planned to be released soon (we're putting the finishing touches on it). Prior to this stable release, please hold off on submitting any issue reports or pull requests, as we work to get everything tidied up and things are rapidly changing. We will gladly accept issue reports and PRs as soon as the new stable release is ready. Thanks for your patience as we complete this near-total rewrite!

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Vocal is a powerful, fast, and intuitive application that helps users find new podcasts, manage their libraries, and enjoy the best that indepedent audio and video publishing has to offer. Vocal features full support for both episode downloading and streaming, native system integration, iTunes store search and top 100 charts (with international results support), iTunes link parsing, OPML importing and exporting, and so much more. Plus, it has great smart features like automatically keeping your library clean from old files, and the ability to set custom skip intervals.

Official Installation Options

elementary OS AppCenter

Vocal is available on elementary OS via download directly from AppCenter


Vocal can be installed via Flatpak on most modern Linux systems via the following command:

flatpak install --from


An official snap package is not yet available, although some community members are working on it.

Debian Installers

64-bit .deb installers can be downloaded from our releases page. Please note: this method is highly discouraged. With the benefits of sandboxing, improved security, and greater simplicity, we are moving away from older installation methods. Also, please note that our stable and daily PPAs will be abandoned in the near future.

Building from source (on Debian-based systems):

  1. Clone source:

    git clone

  2. Install build dependencies:

    • libsecret-1-dev
    • libclutter-gst-3.0-dev
    • sqlite3
    • libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev
    • libgee-0.8-dev
    • gir1.2-granite-1.0
    • libgranite-dev
    • libgranite5
  3. Make the build folder:

    • cd vocal
    • mkdir -p build
    • cd build
  4. Build the package:

    • meson build --prefix=/usr
    • ninja
  5. Install the package:

    • sudo ninja install

Official OS packages

We're working with a number of distributions to make sure it's as simple as possible to get Vocal out-of-the-box. Check below for the list of distributions where Vocal can be downloaded from the official repositories.

Get Involved


We love collaborating with others and gladly welcome code contributions. Pull requests are much appreciated. Please feel free to jump in and help with any confirmed issues (make sure you leave a comment or assign yourself so we know it's being worked on). If you have a new feature in mind that you would like to work on, we recommend opening an issue first and making sure the feature gets approved just so you don't spend your time implementing something that wouldn't get accepted into the project.

Vocal adheres to the elementary code style. Please be sure to review it before writing code. If you have any questions, please ask.

The Vocal project is hosted on GitHub:

Bugs and Feature Requests

Please report bugs and feature requests at


To contribute translations please visit

FAQs, Documentation, and Project Roadmaps

Please consult our wiki for documentation, frequently asked questions, and project roadmaps


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