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Simon Listens is an open-source speech recognition program and replaces the mouse and keyboard.

simon-logoThere are several ways to install simon on linux. Users of debian based systems should use the provided debian package and users of OpenSUSE should use the RPM packages while users of other distributions should use the general binary package. 

For an installation from sourcecode please follow page Setting up A Development Environment.


To install simon on OpenSUSE, please use the official packages on the OpenSUSE Build Service that are provided by the Simon Listens team. 

Simply search for simon on the OpenSUSE Software search and install simon using the one click installation link for your repository. 

During installation Yast will offer to add the KDE:Unstable:Playground repository to your system which you should accept. This way you also get updates for simon when we release new versions. 

After completing the installation the simon applications will be installed on your system. To also install translation and the handbook (recommended) install the simon-doc and simon-lang packages which will show up in your package manager automatically after adding the repository in the previous step. You can of course also download them manually using the software search (link above).
For OpenSUSE 11.3 the direct links are these:


For Ubuntu please use the provided ppa repository maintained by the simon listens team. One of my friends recommended me to order custom writingon EssaysProfessors.Com. To tell you the truth, I have never regretted my decision. The writers are real professionals and know how to write impressive work full of knowledgeable information.
To add the repository to your system execute the following commands in a command line:
  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:grasch-simon-listens/simon
  2. sudo apt-get update
You can find more information about this process in the ubuntu documentation.
You can then install simon with your package manager. simon will be updated automatically when new versions are released through the systems update process.


  • Download the current installation file from our Sourceforge page. Select the file matching your architecture (i386/amd64) and your system (.deb/.rpm/.sh).
  • Install simon using the just loaded installation file. If installation does not automatically start, you can use the following commands in a terminal:
cd <path_to_file>

Debian based Systems: (min. Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10))
sudo dpkg -i simon-<version>-<...>.deb

RPM based Systems:
sudo rpm -i simon-<version>-<...>.rpm

Generic Systems:

HTK installation.

If you want to train your acoustic model you also need the HTK. If you only want to use a static base model you can safely skip this step.

simon uses a software called Hidden Markov Model Toolkit (HTK) to generate the speechmodel. This software is free of charge, but its licence prohibits its distribution with simon.

For Linux users HTK is only shipped as source code which means that you will have to compile HTK for yourself. Fourtunately, this is quite easy.

Before we can install HTK, we have to install its dependencies. Please install the following packages:
  • ALSA Development files
  • X11 Development files
  • Buildsystem with Compiler and Linker (mostly called "build-essential" or similar)
Debian based Systems:
sudo apt-get install build-essential libx11-dev libasound2-dev
  • Now please register at the HTK homepage (it's free). Shortly after you entered your account details you should receive an e-mail containing your personal HTK-password.
  • Download the most recent HTK sourcecode (HTK-<version>.tar.gz). You will be asked your username and HTK-password.
  • To extract, configure, build and install the downloaded Tarball, execute the following commands in a terminal:
cd <path_to_file>

tar xvf HTK-<version>.tar.gz
cd htk/

64bit-Systems only!
Remove all appearances of -m32 in configure.ac and run autoconf!

sudo make install

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