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Deciding if this is a good idea

The following list contains valid reasons for going to the trouble of installing IDJC from source.

  • IDJC is absent from the repository.
  • The repository version is ancient but functional.
  • The repository version has features removed for fear of legal action.
  • The repository version has a minimum set of features generally.
  • The repository version is broken.

Removing old versions

It's a good idea to remove any old versions of IDJC at this point.

Installing dependencies

The following software is required to build IDJC or is used by IDJC at run-time. There should be similarly named binary packages in your package management system for all of these of which you typically want the library development packages whose names carry the -dev or -devel suffix.

Project nameVersionComment
libshout-idjc2.4.2Required—A specially modified version of libshout
Python2.7+, not 3Required—probably installed already
Jack Audio Connection Kit0.116.0+Required—need library and server
mpg1231.13+Recommended—for mp2/mp3 playback
TwoLAME0.3+Recommended—for streaming/recording in the mp2 format
Lame3.97+Recommended—for streaming/recording in the mp3 format
FFmpeg's libav…3.3.5+Recommended—for mp4/m4a, ape, mpc, aac(+)
FLAC1.1.3+Recommended—for FLAC playback, recording, and streaming
Speex1.2rc1+Recommended—for Speex playback and streaming
Opus1.0+Recommended—for Opus playback and streaming

For Ubuntu users, this command should be enough to satisfy nearly all of the above.

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential libc6-dev libglib2.0-dev libjack-dev jackd libvorbis-dev libsamplerate0-dev libsndfile1-dev python-gtk2-dev libmpg123-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libtwolame-dev libmp3lame-dev libflac-dev python-mutagen libspeex-dev

For Fedora users, use this instead.

$ su -c "yum install gcc-c++ libvorbis-devel glib2-devel libsamplerate-devel libsndfile-devel jack-audio-connection-kit-devel pygtk2-devel libmpg123-devel lame-devel twolame-devel flac-devel ffmpeg-devel speex-devel python-mutagen opus-devel"

If during the execution of the above command you are asked whether to configure your system for JACK/realtime the sensible choice is yes.

Obtaining the IDJC source code

There are two options available to you. One is to get the official release (recommended), the other is to obtain the development sources which are only casually tested.

Option 1: Build the latest official release

Click the relevant link above to download libshout-idjc, then in a console type the following.

$ cd Downloads
$ tar xzvf libshout-idjc-[version].tar.gz
$ cd libshout-idjc-[version]/
$ ./configure CFLAGS="-O2" --prefix=/usr
  • Fedora 64 bit only.

    $ ./configure CFLAGS="-O2" --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64
$ make
$ sudo make install
$ sudo ldconfig

Navigate to

Hit the big green Download button and wait for the download to finish. Make a note of the version number.

$ cd Downloads
$ tar xzvf idjc-[version].tar.gz
$ cd idjc-[version]/
$ ./configure CFLAGS="-O2" --prefix=/usr
  • Fedora 64 bit only.

    $ ./configure CFLAGS="-O2" --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64
$ make
$ sudo make install
Option 2: Build from the development sources

Build dependencies for Ubuntu users.

$ sudo apt-get install git-core autoconf libtool autopoint imagemagick

For Fedora users.

$ su -c "yum install git-core autoconf libtool gettext-devel ImageMagick"

The build process.

$ git clone git://
$ cd idjc/
$ ./bootstrap
$ cd libshout-idjc
$ ./configure CFLAGS="-O2" --prefix=/usr
  • Fedora 64 bit only.

    $ ./configure CFLAGS="-O2" --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64
$ make
$ sudo make install
$ sudo ldconfig
$ cd ..
$ ./configure CFLAGS="-O2" --prefix=/usr
  • Fedora 64 bit only.

    $ ./configure CFLAGS="-O2" --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64
$ make
$ sudo make install

For systems that don't have sudo configured, use the following form instead.

su -c "make install"


At this stage it's installed but see the First run section as further configuration is very likely needed.