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All source code and binaries are freely available and distributed under Open Source licenses. The codec libraries are distributed under Xiph.org's BSD license, and the plugins and command-line utilites (flac and metaflac) are distributed under the GPL. If you would like to redistribute parts or all of FLAC under different terms, contact Josh Coalson. (For more information, see the license page.)


NOTE: these extras are not part of the FLAC project. They are all freely available but distributed under their authors' own terms.

NOTE: don't forget to check out the links page for a list of other useful open-source software supporting FLAC.

GUI encoding/decoding front-ends:

  • Windows
    • dBpowerAMP, a swiss army knife that can convert and play many formats, including FLAC.
    • FLACdrop, an Oggdrop-like frontend for Windows, or the even more versatile oggdropXPd.
    • FLAC frontend, a Windows GUI, or the even more versatile Multi frontend.
    • Frontah, a new frontend to many codecs, including FLAC. Still in beta but has good reviews.
    • MAREO is a "virtual" encoder that can be used with ExactAudioCopy to encode to multiple formats (including FLAC) at once while ripping.
    • Monkey's Audio can be fooled into supporting FLAC as an external encoder; here's how.
    • UniversalFront, an encoding/decoding/transcoding GUI that is also scriptable.
  • Unix
    • Grip is a great ripping and encoding front end and can be easily configured to use flac. See this message on how to configure Grip for FLAC.
    • xmcd is a CD ripper with CDDB support as well as a player.
  • Mac OS X
    • MacFLAC, a FLAC distribution which also includes nice graphical front-end.
    • RipBeak is a nice GUI encoding frond-end that supports FLAC as well as Vorbis and MP3.

CD burning:

  • Windows
    • burnatonce, a CD burning GUI that wraps around cdrdao and mkisofs.
    • Burrrn supports burning CDs from cuesheets directly from many formats, including FLAC, and supports most tag formats.
    • CD Wave, a CD authoring tool that can read and write FLAC.
  • Unix
    • Arson, a front-end to various CD burning and ripping tools.

Third-party plugins:

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