How to make SHOUTcast work in Streamtuner

One of my favorite applications in Linux is Streamtuner. I think, it’s the best application of its kind. You can browse all the radio streams provided by popular services as,, Google Stations, SHOUTcast and Xiph, Live365. Streams are groupped by genre, but you can search through them. If you refresh the list, you can see the songs played at the moment, and choose between them, you can even record any stream (and they are saved as apart songs from most of the streams, if they are tag capable – I mean, if you can see the title of the song in your player), but for doing so you must install streamripper (it’s present in the repositories of almost all linux distributions).
As you may know, SHOUTcast recently changed their site structure, and sadly, you no longer can refresh their stream list in streamtuner.
A solution is to patch the sources, although there is no patch available.
My solution is easier, and works, at least

for me. Follow this steps:

1. Insert this line, as root in your /etc/hosts:

you can do it by typing (in ubuntu):
$ sudo gedit /etc/hosts


simpler is just to do so:
$ sudo su
(type your password), then:
$ echo >> /etc/hosts

2. Now refresh your SHOUTcast lists, and enjoy!


  1. Anders
    Posted 17 octombrie, 2008 at 6:34 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    Thank’s for the simple solution.


  2. Duane
    Posted 18 octombrie, 2008 at 3:43 am | Permalink | Răspunde


  3. Badan Sergiu
    Posted 18 octombrie, 2008 at 6:12 am | Permalink | Răspunde

    You’re Welcome. Glad that it helped!

  4. Vishnu Sresht
    Posted 18 octombrie, 2008 at 8:09 am | Permalink | Răspunde

    Doesn’t work … I’m on ubuntu and use streamripper … I still cant see the list.
    ping returns:
    PING (

    and then nothing .. 100% packet loss.

    I’m behind a proxy server will that cause a problem ?
    I usually run streamripper with the -p option and it works fine.

  5. Badan Sergiu
    Posted 18 octombrie, 2008 at 9:05 am | Permalink | Răspunde

    pings don’t work for me too. Maybe they’ve blocked icmp requests.
    A partial solution is to insert in your browser this adress: to see if you don’t have some firewall problems.
    And finally, try to run without -p 🙂 I hope you’ll succeed.

  6. julio castellanos
    Posted 17 noiembrie, 2008 at 11:13 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    thanks thanks

  7. Badan Sergiu
    Posted 19 noiembrie, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    glad that it helped!

  8. esco
    Posted 27 ianuarie, 2009 at 11:27 am | Permalink | Răspunde

    The command was:

    echo „” >> /etc/hosts
    And finally, I’m enjoy!
    Thank’s for the simple solution.

  9. Badan Sergiu
    Posted 27 ianuarie, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    you’re welcome esco!!!

  10. AbdRahim
    Posted 1 martie, 2009 at 11:52 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    Mine still does not work. There is a patch and I could not get that to work either.

  11. Badan Sergiu
    Posted 2 martie, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    AbdRahim: Paste here the contents of your /etc/hosts
    It may be because of the patched streamtuner (try to purge it from your computer, then do a fresh install from the repos).

  12. Dale DeWitt
    Posted 20 aprilie, 2009 at 2:54 am | Permalink | Răspunde


  13. jmk
    Posted 25 aprilie, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    Thank you

    • Badan Sergiu
      Posted 26 aprilie, 2009 at 5:12 am | Permalink | Răspunde

      you’re welcome!

  14. AO
    Posted 20 septembrie, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    worked for me !

  15. Guilherme
    Posted 8 octombrie, 2009 at 1:50 am | Permalink | Răspunde

    Realmente muito bom e simples

  16. Robert
    Posted 10 octombrie, 2009 at 7:21 am | Permalink | Răspunde

    haha thanks !
    I just installed streamtuner and was scratching my head wondering why shoutcast tab is all blank.
    But the „Live365” tab is also blank….do you have this problem ?


    • Badan Sergiu
      Posted 10 octombrie, 2009 at 10:57 am | Permalink | Răspunde

      Never worked for me too, as long as I remember.
      I will look for a solution in the near future.

  17. Robert
    Posted 10 octombrie, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    This program is probably the most flakey one I have ever experienced on Linux.
    Clicking on tab or folder has made it crash many times already.
    Wish there is an replacement for this old dog.

  18. Badan Sergiu
    Posted 10 octombrie, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    I don’t use it either. From the times they took away xmms from repositories 🙂

  19. Sorin
    Posted 18 decembrie, 2009 at 11:46 am | Permalink | Răspunde

    Merge excelent in Ubuntu 9.10 Streamtuner cu VLC in loc de XMMS .
    Multumesc pentru ajutor !

  20. Badan Sergiu
    Posted 18 decembrie, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    Chiar ieri mă gîndeam să folosesc vlc-ul. Ca să meargă bine, trebuie să faci Tools > Preferences > Allow only one instance.
    Multumesc de sugestie.

  21. Chesterin
    Posted 8 mai, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    Excelente! Gracias….

    • Badan Sergiu
      Posted 2 iunie, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

      thank you for apreciation.

  22. Muspa
    Posted 19 iunie, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    Thanks a lot for a quick solution! Karma +1.

  23. carlito
    Posted 19 septembrie, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

    hello ,

    after i tried to make my streamtuner work by the steps i don’t know what happened , but i can’t open shoutcast in the web :

    * The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few

    * If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer’s network

    * If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure
    that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

    I tried the streamtuner 2 and earlier version


    • Badan Sergiu
      Posted 19 septembrie, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink | Răspunde

      Aparently they have made a change, since the ip is dead now.
      You can comment that line, or you can issue the following command:
      sed -i ‘s/’ /etc/hosts

      I will update once I’ll have a new solution.

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