espeak - Multi-lingual software speech synthesizer

Distribution: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository: Ubuntu Main amd64
Package name: espeak
Package version: 1.48.04+dfsg
Package release: 2
Package architecture: amd64
Package type: deb
Installed size: 205 B
Download size: 60.08 KB
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eSpeak is a software speech synthesizer for English, and some other languages. eSpeak produces good quality English speech. It uses a different synthesis method from other open source text to speech (TTS) engines, and sounds quite different. It's perhaps not as natural or "smooth", but some find the articulation clearer and easier to listen to for long periods. It can run as a command line program to speak text from a file or from stdin. * Includes different Voices, whose characteristics can be altered. * Can produce speech output as a WAV file. * Can translate text to phoneme codes, so it could be adapted as a front end for another speech synthesis engine. * Potential for other languages. More than 40 languages are included. * Compact size. The program and its data total about 350 kbytes. * Written in C++.



    Source package: espeak

    Install Howto

    1. Update the package index:
      # sudo apt-get update
    2. Install espeak deb package:
      # sudo apt-get install espeak


    • /usr/bin/espeak
    • /usr/share/doc-base/espeak-documentation
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/ReadMe
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/changelog.Debian.gz
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/copyright
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/add_language.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/analyse.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/commands.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/dictionary.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/docindex.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/editor.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/editor_if.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/index.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/intonation.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/languages.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/mbrola.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/phonemes.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/phontab.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/speak_lib.h.gz
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/ssml.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/voices.html
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/images/lips.png
    • /usr/share/doc/espeak/docs/images/sand-light.jpg
    • /usr/share/man/man1/espeak.1.gz


    2015-12-22 - Samuel Thibault <> espeak (1.48.04+dfsg-2) unstable; urgency=medium * watch: Generalize URL. * Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.6 (no changes). * espeak.1: Update, thus adding -g and -z documentation. Closes: Bug#788190. * patches/fpic: Patch from upstream to fix sparc64 build. * compat: Bump to 9. * rules: Use dh. * control: Drop hardening-wrapper build-depend.

    2014-07-11 - Samuel Thibault <> espeak (1.48.04+dfsg-1) unstable; urgency=medium * Rebuild upstream tarball without windows platform files. * watch: Mangle version for +dfsg. * copyright: Add portaudio and sonic licences. Closes: Bug#747214. * Remove libespeak1-udeb, we will continue linking espeakup statically. Closes: Bug#747240.

    2014-05-01 - Samuel Thibault <> espeak (1.48.04-1) unstable; urgency=medium * New upstream release * copyright: Update. * patches/utf-8-init: Refresh. * rules: Fix privacy-breach-logo.

    2014-02-24 - Samuel Thibault <> espeak (1.47.11-2) unstable; urgency=medium * Add libespeak1-udeb shared library for the installer, so it can be upgraded at the same time as libespeak-data. * libespeak1.shlibs: Remove file, replaced by dh_makeshlibs call. * Remove pulse-trigger-on-final-chunk, it actually does not have effect. * Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.5 (no changes).

    2013-06-19 - Samuel Thibault <> espeak (1.47.11-1) unstable; urgency=low * New upstream release * debian/rules: Use phondata-manifest in the espeak-data directory * Updated espeak manpage * Updated copyright [ Jason White ] * Pass compiler flags on make command line so they won't be ignored. (Closes: #707925) * Rebuild object files with AUDIO=runtime after building static library without it. (Closes: #707912) [ Samuel Thibault ] * Add utf-8-init patch to fix initialization of utf-8 locale for proper character properties detection. * Add pulse-trigger-on-final-chunk patch to flush the pulse output.

    2012-06-08 - Samuel Thibault <> espeak (1.46.02-2) unstable; urgency=low * debian/rules: Move espeak-data to /usr/lib/$multiarch/espeak-data to permit... * debian/control: ... make espeak-data multiarch: same. * control: - Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.3 (no changes). - Do not make espeak-data recommend espeak (Closes: Bug#674851).

    2012-01-08 - Luke Yelavich <> espeak (1.46.02-1) unstable; urgency=low [ Luke Yelavich ] * Update the explanation of the -b command-line flag in the espeak manpage * New upstream release * debian/control: Add libpulse-dev as a build dependency * debian/rules: - Build espeak with AUDIO=runtime - Reinstate parsing the changelog for the soname version, and extend the command to only extract the major version of the soname * debian/patches/leak: Dropped, applied upstream * Build for multi-arch * Fix some lintian warnings [ Samuel Thibault ] * control: Depend on hardening-check. * rules: Set DEB_BUILD_HARDENING=1 to enable hardening.

    2011-06-15 - Boris Dušek <> espeak (1.45.04-2) unstable; urgency=low [ Samuel Thibault ] * debian/control: Build-depend on libsonic-dev. * debian/patches/sonic: New patch to make espeak use the system libsonic instead of its copy. * debian/patches/leak: Fix fd leak (Closes: Bug#638745). [ Boris Dušek ] * espeak-dbg: Fix package description

    2011-05-01 - Samuel Thibault <> espeak (1.45.04-1) unstable; urgency=low [ Samuel Thibault ] * New upstream release (Closes: #622747). * Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.2 (no change needed) * Remove "A" from package descriptions, see lintian's description-synopsis-starts-with-article.

    2011-03-28 - Samuel Thibault <> espeak (1.45.03-1) unstable; urgency=low New upstream release (Closes: Bug#614386). * debian/control: Update language support comment.