Parlatype - An Audio to Text Transcription App


Ever llegacy to use a function to convert audio to text using your smartphone, where this task is most common on WhatsApp. As well this is possible within an operating system.

Converting audio to text It is usually quite useful to students, journalists, scientists and anyone who needs to transcribe audio files. For this we have quite a few Linux applications that take care of this and more.

Some of the different applications that exist for this work tend to be a bit difficult and sometimes tedious to use, with endless stops and restarts, while they try to keep up with the spoken word and the application does not usually transcribe what they speak correctly.

But the day of today we are going to talk about Parlatype which is an audio player written for the GNOME desktop environment intended for voice-to-text transcription.

About Parlatype

Parlatype can play audio sources for transcription in any application of text editing no matter how simple or advanced it may be.

Due to its qualities, Parlatype was clearly made by someone who had to regularly transcribe audio. It has a set of smaller sound characteristics that make a big difference when hunting down the task of transcribing.

For example, pressing the pause button automatically rewinds the app for a few seconds.

This may seem a bit silly, but when the application is resumed, it turns out to be easier to get back where we left off in context, without losing the first words.

Between the main characteristics of Parlatype we can find:

  • Application allows user to view audio waveform.
  • Parlatype allows the user to adjust the speed with which the playback is performed.
  • Rewind pause can be set.
  • Parlatype has timestamps, which makes it easier to position yourself on a certain point of the job.
  • LibreOffice macro support
  • Media key support
  • Start at the top


If we want to install this wonderful tool on your system, we have the facility that in some of the Linux distributions it can be found within their repositories.

How to install Parlatype on Linux?

In the case of Ubuntu and derivatives we can install the application from a third-party repository, the only drawback is that it is only available until version 17.10.

If you want to add it to your system, you must open a terminal and execute the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gabor-karsay/parlatype

Now we must update our list of repositories with:

sudo apt-get update

Y finally we install the application with this command:

sudo apt install parlatype

For In the case of Debian we can install the application from the testing repositories, but only for Debian 9, for this we must first install some dependencies:

sudo apt-get install build-essential automake autoconf intltool libgirepository1.0-dev libgladeui-dev gtk-doc-tools yelp-tools libgtk-3-dev libgstreamer1.0-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev

To run it you need at least Gtk + 3.10 and GStreamer 1.0 which we install with:

sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-0 libgstreamer1.0-0 gstreamer1.0-plugins-good

Parlatype plays all files supported by GStreamer, so we must install this other dependency:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly

Finally we install with:

sudo apt-get install parlatype

If they have Arch Linux or a system derived from it, we can install Parlatype from the AUR repositories, so we must have it enabled in our system pacman.conf.

And we can install the application with this command:

yaourt -S parlatype

As well we have the possibility to install this transcriber audio in Linux with the help of Flatpak technology.

For this we must have the support added to our system and we install with this command:

flatpak install --from

We will have to wait for it to download the package and install it.

If you can't find the application in your application menu can be run with the following command from terminal:

flatpak run com.github.gkarsay.parlatype

And with that we can start using Parlatype on our team.

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  1.   darknash said

    Thanks for sharing this piece of software.
    In any case, it would be a detail with your readers, and especially with the developer, to put the link to their official website.

  2.   D3MoN64 said

    Thanks, I will be very good to take notes from the university! I'm going to try right now 😛

  3.   D3MoN64 said

    By the way, in Linux Mint it is in the software manager, like flatpak.

  4.   alvaroqg said

    I install the macros in libreoffice and execute the sequence parlatype starts to reproduce but in writer it does not write the text, all the macros work, except the writing

  5.   tornado said

    Install the ubuntu version of parlatype, and it does not work, it only played the video, in the end it did not transcribe anything, it does not work it is a fraud, do not lie.

  6.   Cris Martinez said

    Good morning, I don't know how to link the parlatype with my libreoffice, any suggestions? thanks