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Screenshot of JuK
Original author(s)Scott Wheeler
Developer(s)Michael Pyne
Initial releaseFebruary 3, 2004; 17 years ago (2004-02-03)
Stable release
20.04.2[1] / 11 June 2020; 9 months ago (11 June 2020)
Preview releaseNon [±]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC++
Operating systemUnix-like, Microsoft Windows
Available inVarious[2]
TypeAudio player

JuK is a free software audio player by KDE, the default player since K Desktop Environment 3.2.[3] JuK supports collections of MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC audio files.

JuK was started by Scott Wheeler in 2000, and was originally called QTagger; however, it was not until 2002 that the application was moved into KDE CVS, where it has grown into a mature audio application. It was first officially part of KDE in KDE 3.2.[4]


Though an able music player, JuK is primarily an audio jukebox application, with a strong focus on management of music,[5] as shown by features such as:

  • Collection list and multiple user defined playlists.
  • Ability to scan directories to automatically import playlists (.m3u files) and music files on start up.
  • Dynamic Search Playlists that are automatically updated as fields in the collection change.
  • A Tree View mode where playlists are automatically generated for sets of albums, artists and genres.
  • Playlist history to indicate which files have been played and when.
  • Inline search for filtering the list of visible items.
  • The ability to guess tag information from the file name or using MusicBrainz online lookup.
  • File renamer that can rename files based on the tag content.
  • ID3v1, ID3v2 and Ogg Vorbis tag reading and editing support (via TagLib).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Release 20.04.2". 11 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  2. ^ http://i18n.kde.org/stats/gui/trunk-kde4/po/juk.po/
  3. ^ Pinto, Henrique (February 22, 2004). "Deep inside the K Desktop Environment 3.2". Ars Technica. p. 3. Retrieved February 18, 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.kde.org/announcements/changelogs/changelog3_1_5to3_2.php
  5. ^ Molkentin, Daniel (June 2004). "Play and manage your music with JuK 2.0" (PDF). Linux Magazine. pp. 78–79. Retrieved February 18, 2009.[permanent dead link]