Get LMMS on Ubuntu


LMMS is a free cross-platform software which allows you to produce music with your computer. A great DAW compose your own piece of music.
It covers creating melodies and beats, synthesizing and mixing sounds and arranging samples. You can have fun with your MIDI keyboard and much more – all in a user-friendly and modern interface. Furthermore LMMS comes with many ready-to-use instrument and effect plugins, presets and samples.

Downloading from Ubuntu Software Center:

  • Open your Ubuntu Software Center.
  • Search for LMMS in the search box.
  • Select the Linux MultiMedia Software(LMMS).
  • Click on Install option.

Compiling from source:

  • Download the source package from here.
  • Extract the file where you want to install LMMS.
  • Open your terminal and traverse(using ‘cd’ command) to the location where you extracted in the previous step.
  • Run the following commands:

sudo apt-get build-dep lmms
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../
sudo make install

Note: Make sure you have latest cmake installed.

If even after installing the LMMS, you can’t find the menu item then do as following:

  • Create an new text file in home folder and name it ‘lmms.desktop’.
  • Run in terminal

gedit ~/lmms.desktop

  • Copy and paste the following content in the file and save it:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Linux MultiMedia Studio
GenericName=music production suite
GenericName[ca]=Programari de producció musical
GenericName[de]=Software zur Musik-Produktion
Comment=easy music production for everyone!
Comment[ca]=Producció fàcil de música per a tothom!

  • cp ~/lmms.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/

Check out the documentation here.
Enjoy making music. \m/