CDex Portable v2.07 Updated

billon on 6 Aug 2018
  • 36MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Aug 2018
  • Suggested by Alan G Oleski

CDex converts your CD collection into a variety of popular formats and supports advanced jitter correction, volume normalization, CD database lookup (CDDB), cdparanoia tools, ID3 V1 and V2 tags, playlists (M3U and PLS) and recording from an analog input line.

Formats supported include MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG, WAV, MP2, Musepack, APE, VQF and more.

CDex Portable is a wrapper program for portability. Alternatively, X-CDex is also available.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download CDExPortable_x.xx_online.paf.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.

Note: It's online installer requires internet connection and the non-portable version may be considered adware.
Similar/alternative apps: fre:ac, AudioGrabber
What's new? See:

35 comments on CDex Portable  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Butthead 2007-09-17 06:10

i just want the download link

Niefer 2008-09-08 04:28

The current version is 170B2 and now it supports unicode.

Midas 2008-09-18 03:27

Is there a reason this isn't getting updated anymore? It seems like perfectly good portable freeware...

Martin K. 2009-02-27 00:46

The partial track ripping never worked right and it didn't even name the files appropriately.

Charlee 2009-11-15 17:04

Still a classic favorite, thanks for keeping it alive!

freakazoid 2009-11-15 20:01

Whomever updated this listing forgot to note that the new beta download doesn't use a ZIP package, it uses an installer; the installer can be extracted with Universal Extractor.

mork 2009-11-15 20:20

The download link gives a zip package. It's beta 2, though.

freakazoid 2009-11-15 20:44

Yeah, but the listing is for beta 3.

cd_changer 2009-11-16 08:10

what's new in this ver? 10x.

guinness 2009-11-16 12:45

There is no change log on the site and the one included in the directory is from 2006. The obvious change I can see is on the About box there has been 2 new developers added.

the thursty one 2009-11-16 18:36

This threw an "the application failed to initialize properly"... error on XP SP3. Previous version worked fine.

@rturo 2009-11-18 17:48
freakazoid 2010-06-03 22:43

The filesize is larger as well because they've added a bunch of new DLLs - lib_faad.dll, libfaad2.dll, libOggFLAC.dll and more.

mukhi 2012-04-25 04:31

where do i find these? BTW, i find CDex does not look like portable at all. it installed (i can see menus of it in start menu). did it happen because i did not remove those two? TIA.

V1.70 Beta 4

mukhi 2012-04-30 12:03

oops! i meant to say where to go to "Delete $PLUGINSDIR and $COMMONFILES"?

V1.70 Beta 4

mrpink 2012-05-02 19:02

@mukhi: the instructions are good if you extract with 7zip. If you extract with Universal Extractor, move the contents of $INSTDIR folder to a folder of your choice and delete everything else

V1.70 Beta 4

mukhi 2012-05-03 09:51

@mrpink the file is CDex-win32-1.70-b4-2009.exe and not a .7z or .zip file! i simply installed in my flash drive choosing the destination.
BTW, does it make a difference when you extract by 7zip or windows default zip program? thanks.

V1.70 Beta 4

webfork 2012-05-05 18:34

mukhi: 7zip can open many EXE files as well. From the 7-zip menu, choose the file and select Extract.

V1.70 Beta 4

Ennovy 2014-06-29 11:13

CDex 1.70 final has been released today

v1.70 Beta 4

thepiney 2014-06-30 09:21

New version requires Visual C++ 2013 DLL files.

vcredist_x86.exe is included in the download. I couldn't find a zipped download for the files so I just ran the install.

v1.70 Beta 4

smaragdus 2014-11-18 07:04

CDex version 1.72 is available for download and there is a native portable build- in fact two builds- one using Unicode encoding and another using Multibyte encoding-

v1.70 Beta 4

Checker 2014-11-18 16:29

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)


AdrianK_IT 2014-11-18 18:32

There is also a version in PortableApps format:

Though (as is often the case) it's slightly less up-to-date.


Checker 2014-11-18 21:38

@ AdrianK_IT: Thanks ... link added ;)


smaragdus 2014-12-26 22:21

CDex 1.75 released.


agam 2014-12-29 16:35

1.74 and 1.75 is NOT portable (like 1.70), writes settings in c:\ .... and not in the apllications folder !


joby_toss 2014-12-29 22:10


smaragdus 2015-03-02 03:52

I agree- version 1.76 is not portable, saving settings to \User\AppData\Local\CDex even when there are INI files in its own directory.


smaragdus 2015-05-20 00:10

No- CDex 1.78 is not portable. Has the maintainer tested it?
Now CDex installer contains OpenCandy.
The old home page- is no longer available.
The original developers- arianepaola (Ariane Paola Gomes) and codingmaster (Georgy Berdyshev) are no longer listed at CDex SourceForge page-
The forum has been removed from SourceForge-
Something fishy has happened.
Checker- please check CDex for portability.
I tested it several times and it is not portable!


Checker 2015-05-20 01:08

@ smaragdus: The update I made is v1.77 (portable, ZIP) not v1.78 (not portable, INSTALLER).


smaragdus 2015-05-21 02:11

I tested versions 1.77, 1.76, 1.75, 1.74 and all they are not portable, although there was CDex.ini file in the folder I run CDex it created new folder in C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Local\CDex.
Did you check this?


romulous 2015-05-28 10:07

@smaragdus: You will note that the SourceForge page is now listed as being owned by 'sf-editor1'. That is one of the SourceForge staff accounts. What that means for CDex is detailed here in this Ars article:

tl;dr: SourceForge decided that the project page was abandoned, took it over and bundled the installer with ads, as they have done for a number of other well known projects.


AndTheWolf 2016-06-18 16:26

The link on this page still points to CDExPortable_1.7.8.paf.exe, not to version 1.8.1. has the updated link.


webfork 2016-06-18 17:33

@AndTheWolf: Good catch - I'm just using the PA home for both the website and download links.


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