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[http://www.foobar2000.org/ '''foobar2000'''] is a free music player for Windows. It features multiple playlists, a music database, streaming, [[ReplayGain]] support, extensive plug-ins support and more.
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{{title|foobar2000}}
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{{Software Infobox|
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|name                = foobar2000
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|logo                = [[Image:foobar2000 Logo.png|48px]]
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|screenshot          = [[Image:Foobar2000-1.0-default-ui.png|250px]]
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|caption              = Screenshot of foobar2000 v1.0 using the default user interface
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|developer            = Peter Pawlowski
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|released            = {{start date and age|2002|12|20}}<ref>{{ha|https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,4997.0.html|Official Foobar2000 site & Foobar2000 0.3 & SDK!}}</ref>
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|stable_release      = 1.5<ref>{{foobar2000|http://www.foobar2000.org/download|Download foobar2000 for Windows}}</ref>
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|stable_release_date  = 2019-11-29
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|preview_release      = 1.5 beta 21
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|preview_release_date = 2019-11-12
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|operating_system    = Windows
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|use                  = Media Player
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|license              = Proprietary, BSD
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|website              = [http://www.foobar2000.org/ foobar2000.org]
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}}
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'''foobar2000''' is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full Unicode support, [[ReplayGain]] support and native support for several popular audio formats.
  
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== Platforms ==
  
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foobar2000 has been written specifically for the Windows platform, and there are no plans to port it to any others. However, although not officially supported, it is known to run on [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=54933 Linux] and [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=77261 Mac OS X] through Wine and WineBottler, respectively. Also there is an [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/foobar2000 Arch Linux native package] maintained by a community member.
  
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== Features ==
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* Powerful open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player, including the ability to fully replace the user interface.
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* Full Unicode support: File names, user interface, tagging, etc.
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* [[ReplayGain]] support: Both playback and writing ReplayGain information to file tags.
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* [[Gapless playback]].
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* Advanced [[tagging]] capabilities - through built-in [[foobar2000:Properties|Properties dialog]] and various optional tagging-related components.
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* Built-in [[foobar2000:Preferences:Media Library|Media Library]] functionality.
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** Intuitive [[foobar2000:Query syntax|query syntax]] for searching the Media Library.
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** Autoplaylist support: Generate dynamically updating playlists based on queries.
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* [[foobar2000:Preferences:General:Keyboard Shortcuts|Customizable keyboard shortcuts]].
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* Support for [[transcoding]] all supported audio formats using the [[Foobar2000:Converter|Converter component]] (requires external command-line encoder executables for different output formats).
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* [[Secure_ripping|Secure]] [[foobar2000:Ripping CDs|CD ripping]].
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* Streaming support.
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* Efficient handling of large playlists.
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* [[foobar2000:Components/Default_user_interface_%28foo_ui_std%29|User interface]] with simple configuration to create even complex layouts quickly and easily.
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* Highly customizable display of track information using [[foobar2000:Titleformat_Introduction|title formatting scripts]].
  
=== A note to potential editors ===
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==Supported audio formats==
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Natively supported ("out-of-the-box"):
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* [[MP1]], [[MP2]], [[MP3]], [[MP4]], [[Musepack]], [[AAC]], [[Ogg Vorbis]], [[FLAC]] / Ogg FLAC, [[Speex]], [[WavPack]], [[WAV]], [[AIFF]], [[AU|AU/SND]], [[CDDA]], [[WMA]], [[Matroska]], [[ALAC]], [[MMS]], [[RSTP]], [[Opus]].
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Supported through optional components:
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* [[TTA]], [[Monkey's Audio]], [[MOD]], [[SPC]], [[Shorten]], [[OptimFROG]], [[AC3]], [[DTS]], [[PSF]], [[NSF]], [[XID]], [[XA]], [[TAK]], [[AMR]], ''etc.''
  
The Newbie Guide is intended to provide no more than a very basic competence in fb2k.  Therefore, it should be relatively broad, readable in one sitting, and contain only the most essential information for getting started. Any documentation beyond this purpose belongs in the Intermediate or Advanced Use sections. Similarly, small issues that demand a significant amount of detail are better suited for the FAQ section.
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In addition, foobar2000 can also play audio files within ZIP and RAR archives (typically compressed) directly, ''i.e.'' without requiring the user to extract the files first. More archive formats are supported ''via'' additional components: [http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_unpack_lha LHA/LZH], [http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_unpack_7z 7-Zip], [http://kode54.foobar2000.org/ JMA]
  
Remember that if any reader feels that the Newbie Guide is beneath them, they may always move beyond it, but a Newbie Guide that is bogged down by too much information will be no less intimidating than the looming behemoth we call our forum.
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== Using foobar2000 ==
  
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=== Important pages ===
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* {{foobar2000|http://www.foobar2000.org/FAQ|foobar2000 FAQ}}
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* [[foobar2000:components|foobar2000 components]]
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* [[foobar2000:Encouraged Tag Standards|foobar2000 encouraged tag standards]]
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* [[foobar2000:FAQ|foobar2000 FAQ (unofficial)]]
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* [[:Category:Foobar2000_Guides|foobar2000 guides (category)]]
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* [[:Category:Foobar2000_Preferences|foobar2000 preferences (category)]]
  
=== Supported... ===
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=== Specific guides ===
  
==== Playback Formats ====
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'''Preferences'''
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* [[foobar2000:Preferences|Preferences dialog]]
  
* [[MP3]], [[Ogg Vorbis]], [[MP2]], [[AAC]], [[WAV]], [[AIFF]], [[Musepack]], [[VOC]], [[SND]]
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'''Metadata'''
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* [[foobar2000:Properties|Tag editing: the Properties dialog]]
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* [[foobar2000:Query syntax|Query Syntax]]: details of Syntax for querying metadata.
  
Supported through plug-ins:
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'''Title formatting'''
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* [[foobar2000:Title Formatting Introduction|Introduction to titleformat scripts]]
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* [[foobar2000:Title Formatting Reference|Titleformat Reference]]: reference guide to all fields and functions
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* [[foobar2000:Titleformat Examples|Titleformat Examples]]: user-submitted code for various purposes; submit your own!
  
* [[TTA]], [[FLAC]], [[Monkey's Audio]], [[WavPack]], [[Speex]], [[Mod]], [[SPC]], [[TFMX]], [[Shorten]], [[OptimFROG]], [[LPAC]], [[WMA]], [[AC3]], [[PSF]], [[NSF]], [[XID]], [[XA]], [[Matroska]]
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'''Others'''
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* [[foobar2000:File operations|File operations dialog]]: move, copy, rename, and delete files from within foobar2000
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* [[foobar2000:Commandline Guide|Commandline usage]]
  
In addition, foobar2000 can also play music directly from compressed RAR, ZIP and 7-ZIP archives without requiring the user to extract the files prior to playing.
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=== External Guides ===
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* [http://www.audiohq.de/viewforum.php?id=27 German-language guides]
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* [http://foobar2000.xrea.jp/ fb2k Wiki Page] for Japanese users.
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* [http://winamp2foobar.blogspot.com Winamp To Foobar Guide] with information relevant for general users also.
  
==== Languages ====
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=== Technical information ===
 
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* [[foobar2000:ID3 Tag Mapping|ID3 Tag Mapping]]
* English
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* [[foobar2000:Metadata Compatibility|Metadata Compatibility]]: information about compatibility with metadata written by other applications
 
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==== Platforms ====
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* Windows
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No known plans exists to port it to other platforms, but attempts have been made, with varying degrees of success, to run foobar2000 on x86 Linux systems by using Wine.
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=== User Interface ===
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====Standard====
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By default foobar2000 uses the standard interface, foo_ui_standard.  This interface is based around a tabbed list of playlists.  Playlists are then formatted according to the title formatting strings entered by the user.  These allow access to tag data, as well as information about the state of the program in the playlist display.
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====Columns UI====
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[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=28647 foo_ui_columns] is an extension of the ideas used in the standard interface.  It takes the open area of the playlist and divides it into one or more columns that have individual formatting strings.  Recent versions of Columns UI have also added support for UI Extension panels which appear in Columns UI's sidebar or in the toolbar.
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Because of the useful extensions to the Standard UI, Columns UI is rapidly becoming popular and continues to be under rapid development.
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=== Newbie Guide ===
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==== Introduction ====
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Always remember that the best way to become comfortable with foobar is to read [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showforum=28 the forums] regularly and to play around with foobar itself.  90% of what you learn will come from the forums and experimentation.
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The heart of foobar lies in its components, which supplement foobar's functionality.  If you are having trouble with a component, the first step is to consult that component's documentation, preferences, and forum thread.  Any question you have as a beginner has probably already been asked and answered in the forums a half dozen times.  Please search the forums thoroughly for an answer before posting your question.  If you must post a question, try to avoid creating a new topic.  An appropriate topic most likely already exists, so post your question as a reply in that topic.
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==== Using Columns UI ====
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It is best to start with [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=28647 Columns UI] as your user interface; the TAGZ formatting needed is very basic and the panel extensions will make foobar much more user-friendly, resembling mp3 players you're more accustomed to.
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Bookmark these sites before using Columns UI:
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*[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=28647 Columns UI thread]: ''very'' large, but the first post contains links to important related sites and panel extensions
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*[http://music.everywebhost.com/wiki/doku.php?id=columns_ui:faqs Columns UI FAQ]: a short FAQ, including installation instructions
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[[Image:Columnsui.png|thumb|The Columns UI interface]]
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*[http://music.everywebhost.com/wiki/doku.php?id=columns_ui:documentation Columns UI documentation]: it is ''crucial'' that you familiarize yourself with this over time
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The Columns UI interface consists of:
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* ''Playlist View'': The Playlist View is the large area that displays the songs in your current playlist.  Other playlists appear as tabs at the top of the Playlist View.  Each row in the Playlist View is divided into one or more columns that may be individually formatted using TAGZ strings.
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* ''Toolbar'': The Toolbar is the area above the Playlist View and can display playback buttons, the menu, playlist search, and other toolbar components.
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* ''Sidebar'': The Sidebar resides to the left of the Playlist View and can display panel extensions as well as toolbar components.  The Sidebar is enabled by checking both "Enable Sidebar" and "Show Sidebar" in the "Columns UI" subgroup of the "Components" menu.
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===== Panel Extensions =====
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Panel extensions add album art, track info, and other useful components to the Columns UI Sidebar.  Installing panels to Columns UI is simple; just copy the .dll into your foobar2000\components folder and restart foobar.  To display an installed panel or toolbar in the Sidebar, right-click on any gray area of the Sidebar for a list of items you can add.
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[[Image:Sidebaradd.png|thumb|Adding panels to the sidebar]]
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Links to supported panels are given in the [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=28647 Columns UI thread] of the [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showforum=28 foobar2000 forums].
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Some popular panels include (in no particular order):
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*[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=28869 foo_uie_tabs] ''Tabbed Panel Stack''<br />Allows multiple panels to be stacked in a tabbed interface.
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*[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=29383 foo_uie_albumart] ''Album Art Panel''<br />Displays album art from images in a specified folder.
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*[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=29363 foo_uie_trackinfo] ''Track Info Panel''<br />Displays information about the currently playing or selected track. Can be customised using TAGZ strings.
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*[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=28665 foo_uie_volume] ''Volume Control Toolbar''<br />Volume control extension for Columns UI. Provides a slider to control volume.
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*[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=26475 foo_playlistfind] ''Playlist Find Panel''<br />Finds tracks in current playlist matching input text.
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*[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=8609 foo_history] ''History Plugin/Panel''<br />Displays and provides browser-style navigation through recently played songs.
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To see what some people have done with Columns UI and panel extensions, check out the [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=30988 Foobar Gallery].  If you see something you like, try to do it yourself.  If you get stumped, you might find an answer in the [http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Foobar2000&action=submit#Tips_.26_Tricks Tips & Tricks] section below.
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==== Basic TAGZ ====
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TAGZ is the language used to define how information about a track is displayed.  Although you can do some very complex things using TAGZ, you should have a basic understanding of it now because you'll be encountering it a lot whether you want to or not.  The text displayed in each column of the playlist in Columns UI is defined by a string of TAGZ code, located in "Foobar 2000 > Preferences > Display > Columns UI > (Columns tab)."  TAGZ strings and functions are thoroughly documented in the titleformat_help.html file located in your foobar2000 directory.  Bookmark this file and familiarize yourself with it as much as possible. It might look very strange at first, but once you see some TAGZ strings "in action" it will begin to make sense, and you will refer to it constantly.
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[[Image:Columnstagz.png|thumb|Columns UI preferences]]
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Looking in the Columns UI preferences, you will see that the TAGZ code used for the "Artist" column is:
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[%artist%]
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%artist% retrieves the contents of the ARTIST field stored in the file's tag.  The brackets [ ] around %artist% mean that the ARTIST field should only be shown if it exists. If there is no ARTIST field, nothing will be displayed; without the brackets, a question mark would be displayed.
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Not to be confused with TAGZ, a file's "tag" contains what is known as "metadata."  Information about the file, such as artist, album, tracknumber, etc., are stored within the file in the form of tag fields.  Much of the foobar environment is ''vitally'' dependent on accurate tags, so keep yours in order.
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Some common tag fields are:
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[[Image:fileinfo.png|thumb|The File Info window]]
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*ARTIST
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*ALBUM ARTIST (for "Various Artists," etc.)
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*ALBUM
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*TRACKNUMBER
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*TITLE (track title)
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*DATE
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*GENRE
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*COMMENT
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To view and edit the tag fields contained within a particular file, right-click on that file in the playlist and click "Properties."
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$if2(%title%,%_filename%)
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$if2(x,y) is a TAGZ ''function'' that takes two parameters and produces one result.  Using titleformat_help.html, try to figure out what this TAGZ string will produce, and why it was written this way. You might also want to try creating columns that contain your own TAGZ strings.  As always, titleformat_help.html is your best friend.
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[[Image:Trackinfo.png|thumb|Track Info's real-time display]]
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The [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=29363 trackinfo] panel can be VERY helpful in teaching you how TAGZ strings behave. This panel updates in real-time as you edit its TAGZ-based configuration. It is recommended that you install and display this panel, using it as a "scratch pad" to help you become familiar with TAGZ.
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As you become more proficient, you might want to download some [http://foobar.nub4life.net/columns/ ready-made Columns UI configs] to see some more complex TAGZ strings in action.  Import the .fcs file from the "Other" tab in the Columns UI preferences (be sure to export your current config first to back it up in case you're not happy with the one you import).  Study how these strings do what they do and change them around to see how the display is affected.
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The Masstagger component is very handy when you need to perform relatively complex tag operations on a group of files.
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To perform tag operations on a group of files using Masstagger, highlight those files in the playlist, right-click on them, and choose "Masstagger > Edit tags."  The "Actions to perform" pane in the Masstagger window displays the actions that will be performed on the list of "Files to process" when the "Run" button is clicked.  To add an action to perform, click the "Add" button.
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[[Image:Masstagger.png|thumb|The Masstagger window]]
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A simple action to perform is to set some field to a given value.  For example, to set the GENRE field for all selected files to "Rock," choose "Set value..." from the "Select action type" window.  In the "Field name" drop down list, choose "GENRE," and in the "Field value" box, type "Rock" (without quotes).  When you click "OK," the action will be listed in the "Actions to perform" pane.  Click "Run" to perform these actions on the selected files.
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Before clicking "OK," you may choose to save this group of actions (this "script") for easy retrieval later.  Just type in a name for the script in the "Scripts" section below (in this case, something like "Set GENRE to 'Rock'"), and click "Save."  Later, to retrieve the saved script, select it from the drop-down menu and click "Load."
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[[Image:Albumlist.png|thumb|The Album list window]]
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The Database keeps track of all the info for all the files you play in foobar.  The Database is crucial for such things as the albumlist panel (included with Columns UI), the [http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Foobar2000&action=submit#Extended_Playlist_Generator Extended Playlist Generator] (included in the special installer), and other components.  The Database uses information from your files' tags, so ''make sure your tags are in order''.
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To enable the Database, check the "Database enabled" box in the "Database" section of Preferences.  If you would like to add an entire directory of music to the Database, enter the directory in the "Restrict directories to:" box and click the "scan" button.  Keeping this directory in the box will prevent files in other directories from being added in the future, however, so uncheck it if you will be adding files from other locations as well.  Files are added to the Database whenever they are added to a playlist.
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The Extended Playlist Generator can automatically create playlists from the contents of a playlist or [http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Foobar2000&action=submit#The_Database the Database] based on criteria that you specify.  To access the EPG, click "Components > Extended Playlist Generator > Configure Playlist Query..."
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[[Image:Epg.png|thumb|The Extended Playlist Generator]]
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For starters, try entering the name of an artist you know is in your database in the "Query:" box.  Click "Run."  The results will appear below.  To create a playlist with these results, enter a name for the playlist in the "Playlist Name:" box and click the "Create Playlist" button.  To save a query, click the "Save" button.  It will be saved in the presets under the "Playlist Name" you specified.  Once saved, a query can be recalled and its playlist regenerated by clicking "Components > Extended Playlist Generator > Generate Playlist..." in the menu toolbar.
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This query will return all songs whose DATE tag is greater than 1979.  Save this query as "The '80s, '90s, and today!"  Queries that use tag fields like this require that the tag fields exist in the first place.  Another reason to keep your tags ship-shape!
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There is a slew of third-party components that can fill many of your foobar needs.  Installing these and using them is as simple as installing and using Columns UI's panel extensions: just download the .dll, copy it into your foobar2000\components folder, and restart foobar.
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Check out the [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=21105 Most Sought-After Plugins] forum thread and [http://pelit.koillismaa.fi/plugins/ the official third-party components site] for a list of available components.
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==== Things to remember... ====
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Look around.  Play with stuff.  Experiment.  Right-click on something you've never right-clicked on before.  Browse the preferences window.  Read the forums.  Study titleformat_help.html.  Have fun.  Don't forget to listen to music.
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=== Intermediate Use ===
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==== Basic Color Codes ====
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Click on the "Colour" tab within the "Columns" tab of the Columns UI preferences. It is empty. If you want to customize the colors used in a column, you would put the color codes here and check the "Use custom colour spec" box above.
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(red color code)|(yellow color code)|(white color code)|(blue color code)
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[[Image:Color.png|Custom color sample]]
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==== Advanced TAGZ ====
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==== Album List & Album List Panel ====
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==== ReplayGain ====
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For a good explanation of what Replaygain is and how to use it effectively in foobar2000, see picmixer's '[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=12653&st=0&p=129270&#entry129270 How To Set Up Replaygain]'.
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[http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=31140 An interesting discussion] of Replaygain, mastering, clipping etc.
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==== Diskwriter ====
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==== The Database & Tag Writing ====
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==== Default UI Strings ====
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=== Advanced Use ===
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=== Tips & Tricks ===
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==== Placing Panels Above the Playlist ====
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To place panels above the playlist, check "List all toolbars" in the "Other" tab of the Columns UI preferences.  When checked, right-clicking on the toolbar will give you the option of placing panels on the toolbar.  If a panel appears "squashed," it is because it needs to have a minimum height set in its preferences.  If the panel extension has no minimum height setting, you may place it in a [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=28869 panel stack], and set a minimum height via the panel stack options.
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===== "The Band" becomes "Band, The" =====
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$if($strcmp($left(%artist%,4),The ),$right(%artist%,$sub($len(%artist%),4))', 'The,%artist%)
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=== FAQ ===
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A rather extensive FAQ is available at the [http://shsc.info/foobar2000 SH/SC Wiki].
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=== Accepted Tag Standards ===
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FIELD_NAME [format] (component)
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PLAY_DATE [YYYYMMDD] ([http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=20719 foo_playcount])
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=== Important Links ===
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==== Official Site ====
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== Important Links ==
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=== Official site ===
 
* [http://www.foobar2000.org foobar2000.org: Homepage]
 
* [http://www.foobar2000.org foobar2000.org: Homepage]
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* [http://www.foobar2000.org/download foobar2000.org: Download]
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* [http://www.foobar2000.org/components foobar2000.org: Components]
  
* [http://www.foobar2000.org/download.html foobar2000.org: Download]
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=== Community ===
 
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* Official IRC Channel: #foobar2000 on [http://freenode.net/ freenode]
* [http://www.foobar2000.org/requirements.html foobar2000.org: Requirements]
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* {{ha|https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/board,28.0.html|foobar2000 Forums}}
 
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* [http://foobar-users.de/ German Support Forum]
==== Community ====
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* [http://foobar2000.pl/ Polish Support Forum]
 
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* [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showforum=28 Official foobar2000 forum]
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* [http://www.fforum.ru/index.php?showforum=59 Russian-language forum]
 
* [http://www.fforum.ru/index.php?showforum=59 Russian-language forum]
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* [http://www.foobar2000.ru/forum/ Another Russian-language forum]
  
* [http://www.foobar.prv.pl/ Polish-language forum]
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=== Appearance ===
 
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* {{ha|https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,61333.0.html|Default UI .fth thread}} (fast way to clone another's DUI configuration)
==== Appearance ====
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* [[foobar2000:Preferences:Columns UI/Appearance|Columns UI appearance customization guides]]
 
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* {{ha|https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,31027.0.html|Columns UI configurations}}
* [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=30988 Foobar Gallery]: screenshot thread
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* [http://pelit.koillismaa.fi/fb2k/index.php Default UI formatting strings]: cut-n-paste ready
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* [http://foobar.nub4life.net/columns/ Columns UI configs]: .fcs file format
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* [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=30281 foo_ui_gfx (alpha)]: skin support for foobar
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==== Components / Plugins ====
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===== General =====
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* [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=21105 Most Sought-After Plugins] (forum thread)
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* [http://pelit.koillismaa.fi/plugins/ Official third-party components site]
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* [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=28647 Columns UI thread]: first post contains links to many Columns UI panel extensions
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* [http://foobar2000.free.fr/ A comprehensive guide to foobar2000 components] (French)
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===== Specific Components =====
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* [http://www.saunalahti.fi/cse/html/foobar.html case's Page]: special installer, diskwriter components, etc.
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* [http://www.saunalahti.fi/cse/kode54/index.php kode's Page]: file-formats, archive-support, OSD, shuffle (temporary mirror since the primary host is down)
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* [http://www.stud.uni-karlsruhe.de/~uzbs/fb2k/html/ foosion's Page]: dbsearch, cut n' paste, history, etc.
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* [http://members.chello.pl/d.sieradzki/foobar/ Messer's page]: freedb-masstagger, streaming with save-function, etc.
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== References ==
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<references/>
  
* [http://music.everywebhost.com/ Musicmusic's Page]: textwriter, quicktag, custom sort, ui_columns, panels
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Latest revision as of 15:04, 29 November 2019

foobar2000
foobar2000
Foobar2000 Logo.png
Foobar2000-1.0-default-ui.png
Screenshot of foobar2000 v1.0 using the default user interface
Developer(s) Peter Pawlowski
Release information
Initial release December 20, 2002; 18 years ago[1]
Stable release 1.5[2] (November 29, 2019)
Preview release 1.5 beta 21 / November 12, 2019
Compatibility
Operating system Windows
Additional information
Use Media Player
License Proprietary, BSD
Website foobar2000.org

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full Unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

Platforms[edit]

foobar2000 has been written specifically for the Windows platform, and there are no plans to port it to any others. However, although not officially supported, it is known to run on Linux and Mac OS X through Wine and WineBottler, respectively. Also there is an Arch Linux native package maintained by a community member.

Features[edit]

  • Powerful open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player, including the ability to fully replace the user interface.
  • Full Unicode support: File names, user interface, tagging, etc.
  • ReplayGain support: Both playback and writing ReplayGain information to file tags.
  • Gapless playback.
  • Advanced tagging capabilities - through built-in Properties dialog and various optional tagging-related components.
  • Built-in Media Library functionality.
    • Intuitive query syntax for searching the Media Library.
    • Autoplaylist support: Generate dynamically updating playlists based on queries.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Support for transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component (requires external command-line encoder executables for different output formats).
  • Secure CD ripping.
  • Streaming support.
  • Efficient handling of large playlists.
  • User interface with simple configuration to create even complex layouts quickly and easily.
  • Highly customizable display of track information using title formatting scripts.

Supported audio formats[edit]

Natively supported ("out-of-the-box"):

Supported through optional components:

In addition, foobar2000 can also play audio files within ZIP and RAR archives (typically compressed) directly, i.e. without requiring the user to extract the files first. More archive formats are supported via additional components: LHA/LZH, 7-Zip, JMA

Using foobar2000[edit]

Important pages[edit]

Specific guides[edit]

Preferences

Metadata

Title formatting

Others

External Guides[edit]

Technical information[edit]

Important Links[edit]

Official site[edit]

Community[edit]

Appearance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Official Foobar2000 site & Foobar2000 0.3 & SDK! on hydrogenaudio
  2. Download foobar2000 for Windows on foobar2000.org