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Version: Stable 3.x

LibreTime 3.0.0 alpha 2

This version was released the 2017-07-11.


Please report new issues and/or feature requests in the issue tracker.

For general discussion or if you need help, you can join the discourse forum or chat on

The full tarball for the 3.0.0-alpha.2 release of LibreTime is available here.

🚀 Features

  • Updated upgrade docs
  • PHP 7.0 support
  • Native systemd unit files on all supported distributions

🐛 Bug fixes

  • Fix reversed name & description fields in stream 3 additional options
  • Use file-magic instead of python-magic for working install with distribution packages
  • Use local angular install on radio page instead of cdn
  • Allow deleting of initial admin user
  • Fix git attribute issues with the docs
  • and some more small stuff

🔥 Deprecation and removal

  • The installer distribution selection process has been upgraded and the --distribution and --release parameters aren't needed anymore. They're still supported for the time being but their use isn't recommended.

Deprecation of Debian 7 (Wheezy)

This info is an early warning that we're deprecating a major os version.

Debian 9 (Stretch) is now available and installing LibreTime on Wheezy probably never worked properly out of the box.

⚠️ Known issues

The following issues need a workaround for the time being. Please search the issues before reporting problems not listed below.

Outdated silan reports unreliable cue in/out information

Out of the box the installer installs a broken, outdated version of silan on all Debian based Platforms (ie. Ubuntu). This affects all distros supported by the installer except CentOS which doesn't have upstream packages and you may either install from source or use the 0.3.3 packages from RaBe APEL.

You can check the version of silan by running with silan --version which should report 0.3.3 or with sudo dpkg -s silan | awk '/Version/ {print $2}' that will show the exact package version you installed. Please include this information if you file bugs concerning silan.

There are multiple workarounds to this issue and a bug against the upstream has been opened with Debian. Until this is sorted you should pre-install silan from a source you trust. If your distro hasn't updated to 0.3.3 yet you can also help by asking your distros maintainers for a bump.

LibreTime is looking for a Debian Maintainer willing to adopt silan. This would be a much appreciated good deed to the open source broadcast community, both terrestrial and online. Your contribution to silan could literally make a difference to millions of listeners daily.

The following solutions have been reported to work.

Silan from OBS build (

Works for all relevant Debian and Ubuntu distros and installs silan 0.3.3~nmu1.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https

# install package signing key from obs
wget -qO- \
| apt-key add -

# add OBS repo to sources list (pick the distro you need)

# Debian Wheezy
echo 'deb ./' \
> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hairmare_silan.list
# Debian Jessie
echo 'deb ./' \
> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hairmare_silan.list
# Ubuntu Trusty
echo 'deb ./' \
> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hairmare_silan.list
# Ubuntu Xenial
echo 'deb ./' \
> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hairmare_silan.list

# update local package database
apt-get update

# install silan 0.3.3 from obs packages
apt-get install silan

Local armhf builds for Raspberry Pi 3 (

Since can't build Debian packages on arm due to missing dependencies, the 0.3.3~nmu1 arm package was built in a docker crossdev environment. This is reported to work on Debian Jessie on a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

curl -L -O
tar xvf silan_0.3.3.nmu1_armhf.deb.tar.gz
sudo dpkg -i silan_0.3.3~nmu1_armhf.deb

Legacy upstream silan packages (

Legacy upstream hosts patched packages for Ubuntu Trusty on They install as 0.3.2~trusty~sfo-1.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https

sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list <<EOD
deb trusty main

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sourcefabric-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --reinstall silan=0.3.2~trusty~sfo-1

Remove silan completely (

It's worth mentioning that you can disable cue point detection by removing silan from the system.

sudo apt-get uninstall silan

Reportedly this might wake the 🐈 (happy-cuteness-overload-small aww) or have other side effects.

Liquidsoap >= 1.3.0 Support

LibreTime currently only supports liquidsoap < 1.3.0 out of the box. If you install a current version of liquidsoap using OPAM or through the Rabe Liquidsoap Distribution for CentOS (RaBe LSD) you will most likely have liquidsoap 1.3.1 installed.

You can check your liquidsoap version by running liquidsoap --version.

If you already have liquidsoap >= 1.3.0 you have a couple of options.

Liquidsoap 1.3.0 Patchset (#192)

You can patch your installation of LibreTime to support liquidsoap 1.3.0.

An up to date patch is available through GitHub and can be applied to an unpacked tarball as follows.

cd libretime-3.0.0-alpha.2/
curl -L | patch -p1

Git users can pull from the branch at directly.

Install old liquidsoap from opam (#192)

You can downgrade an OPAM install of liquidsoap by running the following command.

opam install "liquidsoap<1.3.0"

📝 Colophon

I made some git of theseus graphs on the history of LibreTime. What makes these interesting is that the project started in CVS, was migrated to Subversion and then to Git the commit history always being preserved. Let's have a look down the shoulders of the giants we're standing on.


More GoT graphs can be found in the wiki. I didn't originally know that the code started out as not much PHP (0e968e62887f3f87f5e90845867dd90c8950deb1), with C++ making an early entry soon after (9c60b17e7e9e9830f103d387780bee555c0283b4). At the time (2004) LibreTime seems to have been called livesupport. In 2006(ish) it was rebranded to CampCaster (fe31d2dfabc83f57d7a5dbb1864022dca76fd604), with the rename to Airtime being worked on somewhere in 2010 (169c4ec214659876d797c025793cb8bd45e088c3).