Screenshot of foobar2000 v1.0 using the default user interface
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.
The latest stable version is: v1.1.5
foobar2000 has been written specifically for the Windows platform and there are no plans to port it to any others. However, while not officially supported, it is known to run on Linux and Mac OS X through Wine and WineBottler, respectively.
- 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.
- Replay Gain 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.
- 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
Native Support ("out-of-the-box"):
- MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, Musepack, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, Speex, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU/SND, CDDA, WMA, Matroska.
Supported through optional components:
- TTA, Monkey's Audio, ALAC, MOD, SPC, Shorten, OptimFROG, AC3, DTS, PSF, NSF, XID, XA, MMS, RSTP, TAK, AMR, etc.
In addition, foobar2000 can also play music directly from compressed ZIP and without requiring the user to extract the files prior to playing. More archive formats supported through additional components: JMA, LHA.
- foobar2000 FAQ
- foobar2000 Components
- foobar2000 Directories
- foobar2000 Encouraged Tag Standards
- foobar2000 FAQ (unofficial)
- foobar2000 Guides (category)
- foobar2000 Preferences (category)
- Preferences Dialog
- Tag editing: the Properties dialog
- Introduction to titleformat scripts
- Titleformat Reference - Quick-Reference for fields and functions
- Query Syntax - Details of Syntax for querying metadata.
- File operations dialog - Move, copy, rename, and delete files from within foobar2000
- Commandline Usage
- Metadata Compatibility - Compatibility with metadata written by other applications
- Frank Bicking's German-language guide.
- fb2k Wiki Page for Japanese users.
- Winamp To Foobar Guide with information relevant for general users also.
- Official foobar2000 forum
- German Support Forum
- Polish Support Forum
- Russian-language forum
- Another Russian-language forum