Nicotine+

Nicotine+ is a graphical client for the Soulseek peer-to-peer file sharing network.

Nicotine+ aims to be a pleasant, Free and Open Source (FOSS) alternative to the official Soulseek client, providing additional functionality while keeping current with the Soulseek protocol.

Check out the screenshots and source code.

Download Nicotine+

The current stable version of Nicotine+ is 3.0.4, released on April 7, 2021. See the release notes.

GNU/Linux, *BSD

If you have no need to modify the Nicotine+ source, you are strongly recommended to use precompiled packages for your distribution/operating system. This will save you time.

Ubuntu PPA/Debian (Stable)

To use stable packages on Ubuntu and Debian, run the following:

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nicotine-team/stable
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 6CEB6050A30E5769
sudo apt update
sudo apt install nicotine

Ubuntu PPA/Debian (Unstable)

The project builds daily unstable snapshots in a separate unstable PPA. To use it, run the following:

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nicotine-team/unstable
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 6CEB6050A30E5769
sudo apt update
sudo apt install nicotine

Arch Linux/Manjaro/Parabola (Stable)

Nicotine+ is available in the community repository of Arch Linux, Manjaro and Parabola. To install, run the following:

sudo pacman -S nicotine+

Void Linux (Stable)

To install Nicotine+ on Void Linux, run the following:

sudo xbps-install -S nicotine+

Fedora (Stable)

To install Nicotine+ on Fedora, run the following:

sudo dnf install nicotine+

Guix (Stable)

To install Nicotine+ on Guix, run the following:

guix install nicotine+

Other Distributions

If Nicotine+ isn’t packaged for your distribution/operating system yet, there are other recommended ways of installing Nicotine+.

pip (Stable)

Nicotine+ can be installed using pip. Ensure the dependencies are installed, and run the following:

pip3 install nicotine-plus

Flathub (Stable)

If your distribution supports Flatpak, you can install Nicotine+ from Flathub.

Download Nicotine+ on Flathub

Windows

Stable

Stable Windows installers for Nicotine+ are available to download. Installing Nicotine+ requires administrator privileges.

If you don’t want to, or you aren’t able to install Nicotine+ on your system, portable packages are also available. These can be run from your home directory.

Unstable

Unstable Windows packages are generated after every commit to the master branch, and should only be used for testing. You need to be signed into a GitHub account to download the packages.

macOS

Stable (Catalina/10.15 and newer)

A stable macOS installer for Nicotine+ is available on macOS version 10.15 (Catalina) and newer.

Stable (Mojave/10.14)

On macOS version 10.14 (Mojave), the recommended approach is to install Nicotine+ using Homebrew.

Once Homebrew is set up, run the following:

brew install nicotine-plus

Unstable (Catalina/10.15 or newer)

Unstable macOS installers are generated after every commit to the master branch, and should only be used for testing. You need to be signed into a GitHub account to download the installers.

Building from git (Unstable)

For more experienced users and developers who want to test the latest and greatest changes in Nicotine+, building from git is described in RUNFROMGIT.md. Also read the next section about getting involved.

Getting Involved

Please come and join us in the #nicotine+ channel on Freenode!

If you’d like to contribute, you have a couple of options to get started:

Where did the name Nicotine come from?

I was in a geeky mood and was browsing http://www.bash.org’s QDB.
I stumbled across this quote:

<etc> so tempting to release a product called ‘nicotine’ and wait for the patches.
<etc> then i would have a reason to only apply one patch a day. otherwise, i’m going against medical advise.

So I thought what the hell and bluntly stole etc’s idea.

Hyriand, founder of the Nicotine project

Legal and Privacy

License

Nicotine+ is released under the terms of the GNU Public License v3 or later.