How to Install Parlatype Audio Transcription App in Ubuntu – A Best Application to Transcribe Audio to Text

In this article we are going to learn How to install Parlatype audio transcription app in Ubuntu. Parlatype is a open source audio transcription app used to transcribe audio to text. Now you might thinking that where can we use this application. Here in this article I will explain you everything step by step.

Converting an audio file in to text is a tedious job and everytime it’s not possible to do so manually by listening it if the audio is too long. Luckly Parlatype application will help you to convert your audio to text easily within a minute. Let’s take an practical example on this so that your concept will get more clear.

Suppose you are attending a important meeting which is 2 hrs long and going so fast and you are not getting time to note each and every point that is being discussed. In that case you can use this application. What you can do is just start audio recording in your mobile and later with the help of Parlatype audio transcription app you can transcribe audio to text quiet easily.

Features of Parlatype audio transcription app :

  • Parlatype supports multiple languages i.e. English, Italian, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Catalan, British English and many more.
  • Supports audio file formats like ogg, mp3, wav…etc…
  • Speed of the audio can be adjustable by using Parlatype as per your need and requirement.
  • Parlatype audio transcription app comes with some basic features like You can pause the audio as you want and then rewind it if you want to listen it again.
  • By using Keyboard shortcuts you can control the functions of the application.
How to Install Parlatype Audio Transcription App in Ubuntu – A Best Application to Transcribe Audio to Text

How to Install Parlatype Audio Transcription App in Ubuntu – A Best Application to Transcribe Audio to Text

Follow the below steps to install Parlatype audio transcription app in Ubuntu – A Best application to transcribe audio to text:

Parlatype audio transcription app is not a part of default repository of Ubuntu. Hence we have to install this application through PPA repository. So use the below command to install the official Repository for the same.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gabor-karsay/parlatype   # Install PPA Repository
 Stable releases of Parlatype, see also

Parlatype is split into several packages, the interesting ones for users are parlatype and parlatype-libreoffice-helpers. The other packages are for developers who want to use libparlatype.
 More info:
Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmpz4_z2ko_/secring.gpg' created
gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmpz4_z2ko_/pubring.gpg' created
gpg: requesting key C92C4D6A from hkp server
gpg: /tmp/tmpz4_z2ko_/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created
gpg: key C92C4D6A: public key "Launchpad PPA for Gabor Karsay" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)

After installing the PPA repository let’s update the packages & repositories of Ubuntu using below command.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get update   # Update Packages & Repositories
Hit:1 xenial InRelease
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Hit:3 xenial-security InRelease                                                         
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Hit:5 xenial InRelease                      
Hit:6 xenial-updates InRelease                                  
Hit:7 xenial InRelease                               
Hit:8 xenial-backports InRelease                                
Hit:9 xenial InRelease                       
Hit:10 xenial InRelease
Reading package lists... Done

Now we are ready to install the audio transcription app. So let’s go ahead and install the same using below command.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install parlatype   # Install Parlatype Package
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libparlatype1 parlatype
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 252 not upgraded.
Need to get 290 kB of archives.
After this operation, 1,015 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y   ---> Enter 'y' to continue the installation

Also Read – How to install Handbrake Video Converter in Ubuntu

As you can see above we have successfully installed the Parlatype package. To confirm the same refer the below command.

[email protected]:~$ sudo dpkg -l parlatype   # Confirm the installed Package
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                 Version                 Architecture            Description
ii  parlatype                            1.5.4-0ubuntu1~xenial1  amd64                   Minimal audio player for manual speech transcription

Now to open the application just type the command parlatype on shell prompt. Refer the command below.

[email protected]:~$ parlatype   # Open the Parlatype Application

You can also open the Parlatype audio transcription app graphically using Search your computer box.

How To Uninstall Parlatype Audio Transcription App in Ubuntu?

To uninstall the Parlatype Audio Transcription application use the below command.

[email protected]:~$ sudo dpkg -r parlatype   # Uninstall Parlatype audio transcription app
(Reading database ... 212471 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing parlatype (1.5.4-0ubuntu1~xenial1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3.1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3~bzr0+16.04.20160824-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:amd64 (2.48.2-0ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.15-0ubuntu1) ...

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