Tomahawk (software)

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Tomahawk 0.8.2 running on Linux Mint
Original author(s) Christian Muehlhaeuser
Initial release25 March 2011
Preview release
0.8.4 / April 29, 2015;5 years ago (2015-04-29)
Written in C++ (Qt)
Operating system Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, FreeBSD, Android (Beta)
Type Audio player
License GNU General Public License Version 3

Tomahawk is a free, open-source cross-platform music player for Windows, macOS and Linux. An Android beta client version was launch in June 2016. [1] It focuses on the conglomeration of the user's music library across local and network collections as well as streaming services. The project was marked as abandoned by their authors on May 10, 2017. [2]



Tomahawk has a familiar iTunes-like interface. The left column offers access to playlists, search history, favorite tracks, charts, and other categories. [3]


Tomahawk allows to install plug-ins for several different music services. [4] [5] These include: and Hatchet

In 2013 Tomahawk launched HTML App It lets users enter artist and song names, then spits out embeddable HTML code that can be inserted onto blogs and websites, allowing direct links to playable tracks online. [6] [7]

In March 2014, Tomahawk launched its cross-platform sync and social platform called "Hatchet" in beta. [8] Though still under heavy development, the service will allow users to see what other users are listening to and share playlists through the Tomahawk application. It also provides users playlist and "loved" track sync across multiple devices.

Last updates were mid 2015, then progress stalled and in May 2017 developer Anton Romanov stated the obvious: Tomahawk is abandoned. [9]

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  1. G+ Community "Tomahawk Android Beta testing"
  2. Github's commit message marked as abandoned
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  5. Warren, Christina (24 October 2011). "11 Apps and Services for Sharing, Discovering and Organizing Music". Mashable . Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  6. Steinberg, Scott (9 May 2013). "Tomahawk Introduces HTML App". Rolling Stone . Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  7. Sawers, Paul (3 July 2012). "Awesome desktop music player Tomahawk relaunches, and there's a new Web version too". The Next Web. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  8. "Hatchet aims to take an axe to world of siloed streaming music services". The Guardian . 4 March 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  9. "Tomahawk Music Player is "Essentially Abandoned"". OMG! Ubuntu! . 16 June 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.