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Foobar2000 is an advanced 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. Built in audio converter tool.

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1.4.8 / 1.5 Beta 16 (September 21, 2019)



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Software License

Freeware (Free download!)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS



More information and other downloads

Download Free Encoder Pack it includes free encoders, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Opus, Musepack, WavPack, AAC + Apple Lossless (qaac) - requires iTunes to be installed (read more...), AAC (fhgaacenc) - requires Winamp to be installed (read more...), Apple Lossless (refalac), MP3 (LAME)



Version history / Release notes / Changelog


1.4.8
Corrected a 1.4.7 regression causing certain old components to stop working correctly.

1.4.7
File Operations: Fixed window order bugs with Windows 10 1809 and newer
Fixed creation of crash reports from stack overflow crashes.
Fixed some Ogg files being unplayable since version 1.4.
Changed order of written FLAC metadata blocks to work around bugs in Windows Explorer.
Misc bug fixes.

Beta 16
Fixed more regressions in components updater dialog.
Fixed missing keyboard shortcuts in new yes/no/ok/cancel type dialogs forum thread

Beta 15
Fixed regressions in components updater dialog, manifesting themselves when you close & reopen the dialog.
Fixed bad behavior of properties dialog when cancelling initial info load forum thread

Beta 14
Fixed beta 13 regression causing Verifier to incorrectly flag MP3 files as problematic forum thread

Beta 13
Prettier startup UI picker upon installation of a new UI component.
Made possible to check for updates of components listed but not hosted on foobar2000.org.
Changed Properties dialog autocomplete behaviors forum thread
Attempted workaround for reported shutdown lockup forum thread
Changed order of FLAC metadata block to mitigate bugs in Windows 10 forum thread
Fixed non-decoding of specific Ogg Vorbis files forum thread
Workaround for slow seeking in Matroska files.

Beta 12
Fixed preserve-file-timestamp bugs.
Fixed missing file-not-found error message. forum thread
Fixes for bad interaction between pre-1.4-SDK components and track info filters.
Fixed possible rare shutdown crash with certain components installed.
Playlist behavior fix. forum thread
Fixed metadb edit callbacks not being fired in some conditions.
Removed transacted filesystem support. There are no known benefits to it and even Microsoft documentation says not to use it.
Fixed track info filters (foo_external_tags) vs MP3 remove-tags.
Made track info filters (foo_external_tags) enabled by default once installed.
FLAC 1.3.3
Made WavPack/DSD MD5 visible - using another field so Verifier doesn't try to verify it.
Enabled embedded cuesheet support for MP3 files.
New list control in various Converter dialogs.

Beta 11
Fixed beta 10 regression causing File Integrity Verifier not to use multiple threads for scanning.
File size optimizations.
Library Preferences: fixed missing double-click-on-folder.
Support for latest External Tags component

Beta 10
Various issues related to reporting exact playback position have been fixed. Wave seekbar style components show exact position with skip silence DSP active and similar.
Fixed Default UI Playlist View last column layout glitch regression forum thread.
Fixes in new programming interfaces for foo_external_tags.
Removed lyrics3 tag support other than removal via 'Remove Tags' - as it was causing more trouble than it was worth.
Default UI Album Art view regression fixes.
Cuesheet handling regression fixes.
DirectSound output workarounds for stuck playback on disconnected/locked device.
Properties dialog album art manipulation fixes.
Properties dialog autocomplete behaviors changed.

1.5
New and improved Properties dialog, with the ability to manipulate attached pictures as well as scan and modify ReplayGain values.
Greatly improved Selection Properties performance for large track lists.
Various prompts (such as delete/recycle) now come with a “do not show this again” checkbox.
Restored pre-1.4 behavior of main-window-hidden/notification-icon-only status being remembered after foobar2000 restart.
Added logging of Media Library scanning errors - “show errors” button in Media Library Preferences.
Added Advanced Preferences option for flushing playback queue on manual track change (default: on).
Made “Open containing folder” command work with tracks in archives - opens folder containing the archive.
Added an option to preserve last-modified timestamps of tracks when updating tags.
Additional safeguards against corrupted configuration in case of a system crash while saving (FlushFileBuffers).
File Operations: delete/recycle prompt always says “Delete” rather than “Recycle”, since not every volume supports recycle action.
FFmpeg 3.4.6, now compiled with MS compiler, binary size reduced due to DLL runtime.
Implemented reading of cue+bin audio CD images.
Implemented asynchronous drag&drop, for less stalls when dragging tracks from foobar2000 to another program.

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All features


Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
Gapless playback.
Easily customizable user interface layout.
Advanced tagging capabilities.
Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
Full ReplayGain support.
Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.




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Foobar is excellent software, but don't use the replaygain option on your files. It screws up vorbis files making them unplayable on TV media players and has zero effect on the db level of aac/mp4a files, despite the operation stating done. You scan for gain update the tag, but it is the metadata tag which messes up the playback okay on a PC but screwed for a media player attached to your TV.

Review by TeX on Apr 10, 2019 Version: 1.4.3 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




No comments. Rating it only.

Review by KPW on Sep 23, 2018 Version: foobar 2000 1.4 OS: Windows 10 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




I used many audio programs, but this program is easy y work good. Only want ear music.

Review by Gioantonnello on Sep 3, 2018 Version: 1.4 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




No comments. Rating it only.

Review by WinSpirit on Mar 6, 2018 Version: 1.4 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




The best audio player indeed. And you can download skins, plugins, and a lot of cool stuff for it.

Review by iohanntachy on Oct 29, 2015 Version: 1.3.9 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




The performance issues from the older 1.x versions have been fixed, DVD-Audio playback is smooth again. The MP4 demuxer and the AAC decoder apparently were improved as well.

Review by El Heggunte on Jul 22, 2013 Version: 1.2.9 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Slight setup required, but after that it is the best at ripping CD's managing audio (play, gain, convert,etc) and is highly customizable through plugins. Now go and download and enjoy your music

Review by dannyboy48888 on Jul 10, 2013 Version: 1.2.9 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




"I've had real, actual training. Going back 25 years. Including Unix and C programming."

Well, YAY for you! I too have been around computers for a long time, way back to my first one, an old VIC-20. C-64, Amiga, Mac, C-128D

I also have training in BASIC, CP/M, DOS, COBALT, AS/400.

Foobar has an interface that is much easier to use than many programs out there which cost $100+
So if you are such a guru BOB, then MAKE YOUR OWN!

I'll stick with Foobar as I have the past 3 years!


Review by JPIShadow on Mar 18, 2013 Version: 1.2.3 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




"The cognitive abilities and patience of a spoiled child"?

Well, as long as we're getting personal, here goes ...

I've been using computers for over 30 years. Starting with CP/M.

I've had real, actual training. Going back 25 years. Including Unix and C programming.

I actually know what proper interface design and documentation standards are. And, despite the fact that I use foobar and feel it is the best freeware program of its type, it has neither.

And while I find this type of site useful for learning things, I don't like getting flames by poseur know-nothing pseudo geeks.


Review by Hoser Rob on Feb 4, 2012 Version: 1.1.8 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 2/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Foobar2000 only has a "learning curve" for its standard feature set, and the features of the more popular plugins, if you have the cognitive abilities and patience of a spoiled child.

Review by Inspector.Gadget on Oct 15, 2011 Version: 1.1.8 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Downgraded ease of use because the learning curve for configuring it is just silly, even by open source standards, and the documentation stinks. But ... as a category in general, audio players seem to stink, and this one is the best I've found.

It works very well once you've installed some plugins for organization like foo plorg. It has a light footprint and it's fast.

Unlike other ones I've tried, and very quickly uninstalled, it doesn't try to hijack all your file associations. Plus it's the most highly recommended Windows player by Benchmark Media. That means more to me than 100 comments by pseudo geek posers and paid shills the other players foster.

However, if VLC had ASIO/WASAPI support I'd probably use it for music as well as video.


Review by Hoser Rob on Oct 15, 2011 Version: 1.1.8 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 3/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




This was, is and will always be my favourite CD-Ripper and Audio-Player. The tags of Mp3-files can be edited with my favourite Tag-Editor - Mp3tag. Thank you so much.

Review by flashandpan007 on Jan 4, 2011 Version: 1.1.2 beta 2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Best audio player/converter of all time, I love the interface, easy, friendly and clean. It consume very low resources. The perfect player to handle thousands of files. The new beta works incredibly stable.

Review by TGB on Nov 20, 2009 Version: 1.0 beta 1 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




The finest audio player in existence. Excellent add-on components that cover just about all audio needs. Highly customizable interface. (I recommend Facets.) Low resource usage. Updated regularly.

Review by OAKside on Sep 3, 2009 Version: 0.9.6.9 OS: Vista Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




great program but the interface is almost completely useless and hurts functionality to a great deal

Review by loster on Apr 11, 2009 Version: 0.9.6 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




This is a great tool/player - I mainly use it for converting my FLAC files into ipod-compatible copies for iTunes. It works great for that - the conversion, tagging etc is first rate.

Review by imol on Feb 9, 2008 Version: 0.9.5 OS: Vista Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Top of the food chain. The tabbed playlists and support for VST plugins make it a standout product. I've tried many different players over the years- this is by far my favorite.

Review by Soopafresh on Oct 14, 2007 Version: 0.9.4.4 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




I've tried many mp3 players. This is one of my favorite. I don't use the Library function so I don't know how that function compares with others.

Review by danzeb on Apr 21, 2007 Version: 0.9.4.2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




GREAT tool! easily organises your music library and has a ton of features for those who care about their audio and quality. Its easy to convert a cd to a variety of different codecs with tons of options. The collumns_ui addon is also great, looks just like itunes or any other music library. I definitely recomend this for anyone who wants a quality player and quality rips.

Review by jhotmann on Aug 14, 2006 Version: 0.9.3.1 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




hands down the best audio i have ever used, also, it great encoder, if ytou ever need it.

Review by dragon_1 on Aug 10, 2006 Version: 0.9.3 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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