0.3 Beta Release of Elisa Music Player

0.3 Beta Release of Elisa Music Player

Elisa is a music player developed by the KDE community that strives to be simple and nice to use. We also recognize that we need a flexible product to account for the different workflows and use-cases of our users.

We focus on a very good integration with the Plasma desktop of the KDE community without compromising the support for other platforms (other Linux desktop environments, Windows and Android).

We are creating a reliable product that is a joy to use and respects our users privacy. As such, we will prefer to support online services where users are in control of their data.

New Features and Improvements

The main improvements are the following:

  • Hide stars when there is no rating by Diego Gangl ;

  • Various fixes for the Windows support by Matthieu Gallien ;
  • Implement interface of Baloo to watch renamed files by Matthieu Gallien ;
  • Upgrade some code using deprecated features in KDeclarative framework by Alexander Stippich ;
  • Align the action buttons with the big icon in the views header by Diego Gangl ;
  • Allow the playlist to be hidden when browsing your music by Diego Gangl ;
  • Always display the title of the playlist entries by Matthieu Gallien ;

  • Internal improvements to various non graphical components to allow future improvements to the header bar by Matthieu Gallien ;
  • Resize track metadata view dynamically by Alexander Stippich ;
  • Improvements to the header of the play list by Diego Gangl ;
  • Add a mode where Elisa can show only the header but in the full window by Carl Schwan. Welcome to the project. This was a junior task identified in the Elisa workboard ;
  • Optimize the data methods of model and use QAbstractItemModelTester (see the blog from ) by Matthieu Gallien ;
  • Makes KIO and KFileMetaData be optional dependencies by Matthieu Gallien. This a preliminary step to allow building Elisa for Android with as few dependencies as possible.

New Mode with only the Player Header Visible

This feature improves two different cases. The first is to allow usage of Elisa with a small window. In this case, only minimal information is shown in a possibly small window. The second is to implement the “party” mode that was originally designed by Andrew Lake.


Other Improvements to the Interface

As already said, there have been various improvements to the interface.


How You Can Help

We are preparing for the next stable release. As such, there is a feature freeze and an ongoing effort to squash as many bugs as possible.

We really appreciate any feedback on the current state via bugs.kde.org. We welcome bug report or feature suggestions.

You can get the next release by building from source or by using the flatpak package provided by KDE. The windows installer is also available here (thanks a lot to the Craft and binary-factory teams).