espeak - Multi-lingual software speech synthesizer

Property Value
Distribution Debian 9 (Stretch)
Repository Debian Main i386
Package filename espeak_1.48.04+dfsg-5+b1_i386.deb
Package name espeak
Package version 1.48.04+dfsg
Package release 5+b1
Package architecture i386
Package type deb
Category implemented-in::c++ interface::commandline role::program sound sound::speech works-with::audio
License -
Maintainer Debian Accessibility Team <>
Download size 70.08 KB
Installed size 210.00 KB
eSpeak is a software speech synthesizer for English, and some other
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++.


Package Version Architecture Repository
espeak_1.48.04+dfsg-5+b1_amd64.deb 1.48.04+dfsg amd64 Debian Main
espeak - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.4
libespeak1 >= 1.48.04+dfsg
libgcc1 >= 1:3.0
libstdc++6 >= 4.1.1


Type URL
Binary Package espeak_1.48.04+dfsg-5+b1_i386.deb
Source Package espeak

Install Howto

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




2016-09-04 - Samuel Thibault <>
espeak (1.48.04+dfsg-5) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Helmut Grohne ]
* Fix FTCBFS: (Closes: #836690)
+ Pass triplet-prefixed CXX to make
2016-09-04 - Samuel Thibault <>
espeak (1.48.04+dfsg-4) unstable; urgency=medium
* patches/path: Drop looking for voices in /usr/share/mbrola/voices: our
Debian packages never put voices there, and letting espeak look there
would show a warning to the user that suggests that voices should be put
there, which is not the case in Debian.
2016-05-22 - Samuel Thibault <>
espeak (1.48.04+dfsg-3) unstable; urgency=medium
* patches/char_cast: New patch, fixes build with g++-6 (Closes: Bug#811772).
* rules: Set ddeb-migration.
* control: Depend on debhelper 9.20150628 for ddeb-migration.
* control: Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.8 (no change).
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
* 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.

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