CMU Sphinx- An Open Source Toolkit For Speech Recognition | Linux

CMU Sphinx is one of the most popular speech recognition applications for Linux and it can correctly capture words. it also gives the developers the ability to build speech systems, interact with voice and build something unique and useful.



 One of the good things about Sphinx is that it comes with precompiled binaries for Ubuntu and derivatives. Additionally, it has many language models , so you can use it for many human languages.


CMU Sphinx toolkit has a number of packages for different tasks and applications. It’s sometimes confusing what to choose. To cleanup, here is the list

  • Pocketsphinx — recognizer library written in C.
  • Sphinxbase — support library required by Pocketsphinx
  • Sphinx4 — adjustable, modifiable recognizer written in Java
  • CMUclmtk — language model tools
  • Sphinxtrain — acoustic model training tools

You can download CMU Sphinx Toolkit from sourceforge

For installation of Sphinx 4 check the installation instructions in the wiki page.

– For Ubuntu and LinuxMint:

There is a PPA available for CMU Sphinx, but seems that is  not updated to work in Ubuntu 10.10 maverick Meerkat, at least for me didn`t work.The PPA is the following


Or check the Launchpad :


– If you want to learn how to use Sphinx to recognize speech, check the wiki page

– If you are a developer, this link can be interesing for you : CMUSphinx Tutorial For Developers

  • hakim

    Hello , I could not install sphinx in ubuntu. And I want to use sphinx with c++.
    Can you post installetion process?
    There are many released version on internet .

  • Waleed Gadelkareem

    Full installation guide here .. Install Sphinx 2.0.4 on CentOS 6.2

  • Rijojoy

    how to use in PHP websites?

  • dontassume

    wrong sphinx… this is CMU sphinx.