SuperCollider on CrunchBang Linux


[UPDATE] This post has been updated to reflect better practices.

Following my post for installing SC3.6 on Ubuntu (Xubuntu) where I advised readers of the awesomeness of #! (CrunchBang) linux I have decided to post a quick how-to for getting SC3.6 IDE installed on your CrunchBang system.

CrunchBang uses the stable Debian repo (currently, codename Wheezy) as well as a the custom Waldorf repo.  To install the new SuperCollider you will need to first setup the unstable (Sid) repo to pull the new SC 3.6 IDE.

Open a terminal and type:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following lines towards the bottom (you can use your preferred text editor instead of nano):

deb sid main
deb-src sid main

ctl + o to save, then ctl + x to exit (if using nano.)


sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install supercollider-ide

Test it by typing:

qjackctl &

and starting your jack server.  Then:


Enjoy, you should be ready to go.  I have left the unstable repos enabled, though you could disable them.  I’m not sure having stable and unstable repos enabled simultaneously constitutes “best practices” and your mileage may vary.  Always be careful doing hacks like this on production systems.  The fact that supercollider is in the “unstable” repo should tell you something… though I’ve not had problems yet.  🙂

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