Winamp Lite v5.66

webfork on 31 May 2015
  • 12MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Dec 2013
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Winamp is the grand-daddy of MP3 players. It has strong support for different skins and plug-ins, which you can download from the website.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder.
Stealth: ? No. Creates one folder and file to %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\. For full registry changes, read this.
Unicode support: Yes. You need to select a proper Unicode font (such as Arial Unicode MS) for display under Preferences, General Preferences, Playlist, Use font.
Path portability: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download "Winamp Lite" installer
  2. Extract using 7-Zip Portable to a folder of your choice
  3. Remove all files and folders that begin with "$"
  4. Create an empty file called "Winamp.ini". Open this file in a text editor and paste:


  5. Launch winamp.exe
Note that the above extraction instructions are only applicable to Winamp Lite. Hank7 has kindly contributed extraction instructions for Winamp Full.
Similar/alternative apps: AIMP, foobar2000, XMPlay
What's new?
  • Improved: Added a Reset button to clear history in the Open/Add URL dialog
  • Improved: Added an option to disable the mouse wheel from altering the volume
  • Improved: Added more commandline switches (run: winamp.exe /? to see full list)
  • Improved: All menus now use the skinned style when option is enabled in ML settings
  • Improved: Disable all online features when no internet connection selected in Prefs
  • Improved: High DPI & text scaling compatibility fixes for dialogs & library views
  • Improved: Increased notification area tooltips up to 128 chars (instead of 64)
  • Improved: Library views now optionally group the 'Play' and 'Enqueue' buttons
  • Improved: Mass metadata editor from library now also available in Playlist Editor
  • Improved: Retry UAC prompt if user previously selected "No" (for relevant settings)
  • Improved: Speed-up of Winamp shutdown process
  • Improved: [gen_ff] Added a setting to control show/hide time for docked toolbars
  • Improved: [gen_ml] Drag & drop handling tweaks
  • Improved: [ml_downloads] Added 'Size' column
  • Improved: [ml_history] New options for resuming playback (for podcasts or all files)
  • Improved: [ml_history] Added a 'Play Offset' column with right-click option to clear
  • Improved: [ml_local] Added Podcast, BPM & Rating fields to Ctrl+E metadata editor
  • Improved: [ml_playlists] Option to use source file instead of database-managed copy
  • Improved: [ml_nowplaying/wire] Added support to use alternative services
  • Improved: [ml_pmp] Added a simple view to match Local library support
  • Improved: [pmp_android/usb] Added <disc> support to File Name Formatting
  • Fixed: Agent not using Winamp window if a clone is already running (eg. KMPlayer)
  • Fixed: Length not being read when set to read titles on load
  • Fixed: Ratings-related freeze on right-clicking large selections in playlist editor
  • Fixed: Saving to wrong extension for the 'Save As' action in the Alt+3 Artwork tab
  • Fixed: Unicode characters not displaying in taskbar when some old plugins are present
  • Fixed: Various issues with aero-peek and docking of freeform skins as an appbar
  • Fixed: [gen_jumpex] 'Jump to File' window not always visible when pressing 'J' or 'F3'
  • Fixed: [gen_ff] Docking to bottom/right when windowframe scale is anything but 1.0
  • Fixed: [gen_tray] Lockup/double-start issues when using the 'Prev' action
  • Fixed: [in_flac] Removal of embedded artwork
  • Fixed: [in_midi] Memory comparison crash with badly formed .kar files
  • Fixed: [libmp4v2] Crash due to invalid pointer check on corrupt files
  • Fixed: [pmp_android/usb] Crash on bad path
  • Fixed: [pmp_android/usb] Use filename if no metadata available to generate filepath
  • Misc: [installer] Added a "Winamp (Safe Mode)" option to start menu icons
  • Misc: More general tweaks, improvements, fixes and optimizations (lots of them!)
  • Updated: [enc_fhgaac] Fraunhofer AAC Encoder v3.02.16
  • Updated: [enc/in_vorbis] libogg 1.3.1
  • Updated: [gen_jumpex] JTFE v1.3
  • Updated: [in_wave] libsndfile 1.0.25

54 comments on Winamp Lite  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

eeefresh 2006-06-09 21:43

Audio worked fine, but would not play video. Anyone know why?

DG 2006-06-12 07:27

I've gotten Winamp to do a semi-portable install where video will work. Do it with the FULL version (the next step up from 'lite') the same way it's described here.

On the install computer it'll run fine. When I bring it to another computer I get an error message when it starts saying that it's missing a file, but it seems to play fine.

You can also try "cPicture" for a small audio/video player that's under 1 Meg.

Jens 2006-09-29 15:07

Is it possible to change skins? When I install a new skin, the skin manager recognizes the skin but will not allow me to select it. Thanks.

TheZorch 2006-10-03 08:45

Winamp's Video support requires that you have the codec on your system to play back different formats. By default it can play Cinepak .AVI files since that codec is a part of the Windows install. Look for the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack for all your video/audio codec needs.

godsfilth 2006-10-03 12:41

k-lite sucks installs a ton of stuff get the combined community codec pack ( although for portable video i suggest VLC ( which has built in codecs for a ton of stuff

noobie 2006-10-03 22:42

@ jens, i can change the skin, no problem with it, just copy the skin u want to the skin folder and select it in preferrence

Jens 2006-10-04 19:55

Thanks for the reply noobie. I am running winamp from a thumb drive. The new skins are in the skins folder and I set the skin folder location but when I select a new skin it still doesnt change. Maybe it is just me...i will keep playing with it.

kledia 2006-10-14 11:39

Great tutorial! I just started creating portable aps, and Winamp was one of those I just needed to have.

TavisJohn 2006-10-14 18:35

If you get a "NSCRT.dll can not be found" error. Just make sure that the NSCRT.dll file is in BOTH the WinAmp dir AND the Plugins dir! (Yes you need 2 copies of the file)
That will fix the error!

Razor 2006-11-03 20:48

Hey guys sorry if this sounds stupid but i am just a bit confused i have been following the instructions on which files to delete after i have used uniextractor the only thing im confused about is the Plugins\$PLUGINSDIR directory does that mean that i delete the folder named $PLUGINSDIR and leave the rest of the plugins alone or do i delete them all. also there are 2 winamp icons do i leave them both or delete the one that isnt a .exe please help someone thankyou

Andrew Lee 2006-11-04 05:27

You should remove $PLUGINSDIR and leave the rest of the "Plugins" folder alone. You should also leave both Winamp "icons" (winamp.exe and winmapa.exe) alone. The former is the actual MP3 player, while the latter is an agent to help associate the file types to play with Winamp.

Roland 2006-11-18 14:45

If you want it to fire up an online radio station you can do this...

1) Use notepad and add the URL to the radio station (e.g. in the first line.
2) Save it as a .m3u file (e.g. Club977.m3u).
3) In the link from your USB Drive Menu program, the path with parameter would look something like this:

..\Portable\Winamp\Winamp.exe "Radio Stations\Club977.m3u"

raphael emportu 2006-11-22 04:06

MPlayer rules portable! Nuff said.

guest 2006-11-22 05:44

version 1.41 does not work,
it complains about an "autoit error"
when pointing to the file to be extracted

Mike Romete 2006-11-28 12:44

Like Jens, I can't get the portable Winamp Lite to recognize any skin other than Winamp Classic. I copied the skin (Winamp Modern) into the Skins directory under Winamp Lite, and set the Skins directory to that directory. Winamp Modern shows up under Installed Skins in the skins browser, but says "no info found" if I highlight it. Any ideas?

Mike Romete 2006-11-28 13:14

Hmmm.... Can Winamp Lite use a Modern Skin? Maybe not. That might be the problem.

pjb 2006-12-01 08:28

If you've extracted the Full Basic version to a directory, here's what I did to get the Modern Skin to show up:
- Create a "Skins" directory where you extracted winamp to.
- Cut/paste the "Winamp Modern" directory from "$R0" directory to the "Skins" directory.
- Cut/paste all the contents from "$_OUTDIR" directory to the "Skins" directory.
- You can delete the "$R0" and "$_OUTDIR" directories.
- I also deleted "$PLUGINSDIR" from the Plugins directory.
- I also deleted "$OUTDIR" (no underscore "_") since I think its related to the avs visuals which I do not plan to use.

With this setup from the Full Basic version, I can use Modern Skin, plus be able to use the online radio and video streams. I currently have it on my hard drive but will put it on a USB drive so I can test for portability.

Dan 2007-04-12 09:08

pjb: In addition, you can compress Winamp Modern's contents into a zip called "Winamp Modern.wal" and place it in skins to cut down on the file size. Don't compress the folder itself... this might not work, depending on your compression tool. Go into the folder and select skins.xml and all the folders therein for compression instead.

Also any folder called $PLUGINSDIR contains files used by the INSTALLER ONLY and can be safely deleted (one of them contains the Sonic CD Ripping engine drivers which aren't portable anyways).

I recommend you grab some files from Winamp Full, such as the input plugins Lite lacks. Also feel free to throw your favorite plugins into the mix as well.

All DLLs and EXEs and W5Ss can be compressed with UPX and Winamp will still work. I recommend the --lzma switch.

If you do a minimal Winamp a few of the DLLs in the root directory are not needed... experiment to see which ones can be removed with Winamp still running, I forget.

Of course before you deploy your Winamp Portable will want to go to the Winamp Preferences > File types, select None, and uncheck all the checkboxes on that page.

For the curious, paths.ini causes the winamp settings to be stored in the Application Data folder of the current user. Deleting it or (as I did) setting the value in the file to "." makes it portable.

Also, Winamp Full, with all the files compressed with UPX and no files removed is 13mb. Still quite portable, but I believe I was able to get it down to 2-3 mb with just basic feature plugins, no modern skin, all input plugins, and a few of my favorite extra plugins.

PETE 2007-06-30 13:00


Portable Paul 2007-07-02 19:13

That's a bold statement Pete. I'm gonna have to check that out. I LOVE VLC player. Haven't found a format it doesn't play and it's opensource/free.

manol 2007-07-09 07:17

There is a problem with .wal skins.I created a folder named "skins" and copied some skins,but only .wsz skins working.Does need to create another folder named "Winamp modern" and where to place it?

r 2007-08-05 10:49

there is a problem with the setup of winamp lite to portability.

when you have an installed version of winamp and you are running the "portable" version, when you open up the Preferences in Winamp, it auto-detects the settings from the installed version.

Also, when the Playlist is minimized and you have selected "Use skin or language pack font" under the "Playlist" section in the Preferences panel, this doesn't use the skin's built-in font.

Still looking for a truly portable solution for winamp...

Charlee 2007-10-22 02:06

I haven't found any problems making it portable the "Installation" way, Install it, when done, go to program files, winamp and copy and the entire folder somewhere else. Then uninstall, go back to your copied winamp folder and voila! you got it portable, I've tried it and it seems to work for me =), I tried this with the latest version of winamp.

dR 2007-10-24 14:22

a search for "Winamp portable" got me this softpedia link -
I find absolutely no mention of such a project on the official winamp site, and no mention of it on the forums here. I'm confused...

Joe 2007-10-24 14:24

I remember getting the .wal skins to work with 5.5 portable but I'll have to look at it to see what I did.

Jon Williams 2007-11-06 14:41

MPlayer, CoolPlayer, and VLC are all cool free alternatives but Winamp is the only one that has BOTH the right click on a directory play as well as the snap into place playwindow.

tiamat 2008-03-02 07:35

it doesn't work with vs5.52
how can i update my portable 5.0-version???

Alexandre 2008-04-08 12:13

I was unable to extract Winamp Lite version 5.5.3 (filename winamp553_lite_all.exe). I tried every way described here without success...
I had apparent success, however, with Softpedia's Portable Winamp 5.5 ( I do need to test it some more though.

JCA 2008-05-31 13:18

Cannot extract Winamp Lite 5.53, it looks like they have been changed the compression mode.
Any ideas? I would appreciate any help.

NSIShater 2008-09-20 07:00

the same applies for winamp5541_lite_en-us.exe

chessyang 2008-10-22 05:42

any update on this? can't seem to get Winamp 5.541 to go portable.

Maja 2008-11-23 10:12

Alexandre ! in my case it worked perfectly and I could hear it in my both ears and my both hands. I thank people for giving this good program.

GIGrafx 2008-11-28 11:32

Mike Romete & Jens (and others wishing for 'Modern Themes' support)...
For 'Modern Themes' support in WinAmp you must have the 'gen_ff.dll' present within the plugins directory. I hope that this helps those wanting support for the 'Modern Themes'.

mastervol 2008-12-28 11:42

installed on a clean xp + sp3 virtual box
uploaded the content here:

suneet 2009-03-28 05:48

Thanks mastervol for the file dump. I was unable to extract the files using Universal Extractor and your dump helped a lot.

th 2009-05-05 08:38

Winamp 5.54 no extraction, download and run -

hi 2009-05-10 22:44

I attempted to use UniExtract on winamp5552_lite_all.exe and it created 2 files that have corrupted my NTFS filesystem. They are on my desktop and their names are empty characters. It's a filesystem with NO filename. I can no longer CHKDSK the disk because it freezes when it finds those files. And for the past month, I have been unable to delete these files.

do NOT try to UniExtract winamp, you will be in for a lot of trouble.

hi 2009-05-11 12:24

trying to uniextract winamp corrupts the filesystem EVERY TIME, verified in VMWare on fresh installs of XP

Blank File Fix 2009-07-21 17:33

I tried uniextract on the newest version of Winamp, and it did not fact I did get a number of useless file, one of which has no name. You can not delete this file through windows explorer, but it does NOT corrupt your filesystem!!

In case you happen to uniextract Winamp and run into issues with files with no names, open up a command window and go into the directory in which the blank file is located. type in "dir /x" (without quotations). You will now see that the file does in fact have a name as far as the system is concerned. (likely something like numbers followed by ~1)

You can now delete the file through the command prompt.

Maave 2010-01-23 23:42

There is a much better way, described on in the WinAMP forum. After installing it normally with as little or as much as you want, run it once (to create the winamp.ini) copy the WinAMP folder wherever you want. Add the following line to winamp.ini:

Now you should be able to run WinAMP stand-alone, but cd burning/ripping and PRO functions WON'T work. For the most part it's made portable, but I wish somebody would make a PortableApps version.

HKK 2010-02-18 13:55

@eeefresh: This is Winamp Lite, it does not contain video support. If you want to use it to play video files as well, you will need the full version.

Mark 2010-04-14 15:39

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned or to the extent of its effectiveness but there seems to be a launcher for Winamp at

ntquartex 2010-06-06 19:20

It extracts only two iso file ;

file0001 & script

No portable files...

Wolfghost 2010-06-29 21:01

Same here, only two files:
file0001 & script

Weks 2010-06-30 01:12 works but unsure whether this is the old or new version.

freakazoid 2010-10-17 02:26

Haven't tested this yet, but there's a new development build over at -

Wondering if that works with custom builds of Winamp Lite as well.

hi-rez 2010-12-01 21:46

no flac play with winamp lite is a major buzz kill.

Ian from Barrie 2010-12-02 14:28

Same problem with V5.6.0 Build 3080 as ntquartex and Wolfghost reported earlier - just the js files were extracted using Uniextract. Apparently uniextract doesn't fire off 7zip when working with this file.

Good news: 7zip portable by itself does the job just fine!

woof 2011-03-18 15:31

Winamp is no longer the reigning king it once was. It maybe be prettier but Foobar2000 is much better and with that said Winamp is much better than iTunes, and Windows Media Player!

So to summarize Foobar2000 > Winamp > WMP > iTunes

Alternatives (all have portable versions)
1) Foobar2000
2) Songbird
3) Mediamonkey

Light audio players
1) XMPlay
2) 1by1


freakazoid 2011-07-11 07:04

33MB is not "lite" ;)


SYSTEM 2011-07-17 06:50

@freakazoid: currently the count includes 23 megabytes of locale files. Winamp Lite is "just" 10 megabytes in size if you download the English-only version.


smaragdus 2013-11-21 05:48

AOL has announced that Winamp will be discontinued:

There are petitions for open-sourcing Winamp:

PETITION - SIGN NOW to ask for Winamp to go open source

AOL: Keep Winamp alive or let it go open source

It seems 5.66 will be the last Winamp version.


Midas 2013-11-21 14:30

The Ars Technica article posted by smaragdus above is great reading. Thanks. I was once an eager user of the free Winamp, so I have signed the petition...


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