XMPlay Portable v3.8.3

billon on 28 Dec 2017
  • 626KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 27 Dec 2017
  • Suggested by Ed Brownstein

XMPlay is a skinnable audio player that plays all major audio formats and includes gapless playback, effects, equalizer, net streaming. More features are available using plugins, including visualizations, more format support, cover art and more. Note that the library and playlist will not work as you change PCs.

Can play MP3, WMA, M4A, OGG and more, as well as output to WAV, MP3 OGG etc. (via external encoders).

Alternatively, XMPlay is natively portable but does not automatically adjust library and playlist paths: download the ZIP package, extract to a folder of your choice and launch xmplay.exe.
Also, you can always download the "Latest stuff" version.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch XMPlayPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: foobar2000
What's new?
  • AAC/ALAC/MP4 support via Media Foundation codecs.
  • Seeking to positions the have not been downloaded yet from HTTP servers.
  • Seeking in complete HLS sequences (not live streams).
  • Last modification time shown in "General" info and track info windows.
  • Built-in support for MP4 tags.
  • RIFF/WAVE character set (CSET chunk) support.
  • Option to close XMPlay at end of queue.
  • "-closequeue" command-line option to close XMPlay at end of queue.
  • Option to shutdown the PC when closing at end of track/queue/list.
  • "-library" command-line option to add files to the library.
  • DSP bypassing shortcut to temporarily disable all DSP.
  • Shortcut to explore a file's folder.
  • Monitored folders can be removed with or without keeping the files in the library.
  • A single confirmation is asked for when using "Remove & delete file" on multiple files.
  • Forced overwriting is now optional when using "Auto-filename" file writing option.
  • Plugin "priority filetypes" settings are honoured when scanning track info (not Winamp plugins).
  • Associated filetypes are no longer all shown as "XMPlay-able" in Windows Explorer.
  • Extended playlist/library window size limit increased to 150 tracks.
  • Force VBlank timing on MOD files option and shortcut.
  • Panning fix for MOD files created with ScreamTracker 3.

69 comments on XMPlay Portable  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

NameTaken 2006-10-10 19:16

In order to sort of 'HardWire' XMPlay into not letting it write anything to the registry, you have to enter "NoReg=1" (without the quotes) in the ini file found in the folder.
This disables all writing to the registry.

a 2006-11-04 14:10

this is an excellent music player, i've been using it for years and i've actually took the time out to make a skin for it.. the sound quality is very good aswell.

hlomzik 2006-11-26 17:43

coolest player!
my favourite! - nice design and great functionallity!

shahdan 2007-02-16 01:41

I like this player. It does not eat much memory so I can use it on my old pc. A good alternative to try.

Arnaud Nime 2007-04-20 14:30

One Tip ? I have extracted my preferred radios from the "screamer" database and saved them as ".pls".
In that way, I have just one tool to hear radio or mp3s as I want...

LH 2007-04-21 12:19

I was a Winamp fanboy from v2 up to v5, but got fed up with it. The sound quality was lacking something and it was a little too greedy resource-wise for me. I stumbled upon XMPlay just over a year ago and have been very happy. The playback quality is miles ahead of Winamp. Great program.

The_R 2007-06-30 16:30

kicks winamps arss by a mile..

Jake 2007-07-02 15:13

Beats anything else I've tried... with a plugin it plays midis using soundfonts. Excellent player.

AncientImages 2007-08-12 09:11

Love the program, hate the interface. There's a winamp skin but that doesn't change the fundamental differences (i.e., the "side pannel playlist" is hardcoded to pop out of the right side and display *maybe* twenty characters. Either that or you're stuck with a strange, floating alternate playlist that doesn't dock and generally annoys the hell out of me.)

Here's to drastic changes in 4.0!

Peter Higgins 2007-08-17 00:33

A real gem. Works perfectly on my Libretto 110ct which has some really quirky specs eg 800x480 resolution, 7'' display,233mhz processor etc.
The support web site is excellent.

Webfork 2007-09-23 22:17

One skin far better than the default that excels in being clean and simple is "Neutron" http://www.un4seen.com/xmplay.html (In reference to AncientImages complaint.)

StormChild 2007-10-08 13:09

Simply THE BEST PLAYER - the sound quality beats everything!! Although the Library could be a little easier to handle, but hey, it's a lightweight player, it's free, it's my choice!

Ivan 2007-11-09 01:50

My choice! Migrate from Winamp.

Marezathus 2008-01-01 07:22

I was very satisfied with XM until a reinstallation of the program.
Now, if I open a few tracks by the right mouseclick in Explorer, it plays a track for 3 seconds and then moves on to the next track etc, till the last in the list, which is played completely.
I cannot figure out where in the options-and-stuff to c9EUhange it.

Case 2008-01-10 00:53

Best sound quality!
For the last three years I've tried every new music player I've come across on the net (included all the big ones).
So far none is even close to XMPLAY.

bowser17 2008-01-17 20:27

Looks good, but the playlist was a little tricky. The drag and drop is nice, but opening a file feature should include opening a folder also. Lastly, which is very important to me, the random play didn't seem to work, or if it does, is too dificult to figure out. I had to shuffle the playlist, and now all the albums are out of order. I would like it to work like winamp or MP, where it jumps around the list.

donncon 2008-01-25 07:07

My favorite player by far. It's very stable, and some great skins are available.

That Guy 2008-02-20 21:00

I'm a strong Evil Player user and now that I've switched over to XMPlay, I won't ever switch back. It uses less memory than Evil Player and has an EQ!

Getch 2008-03-25 11:07

Plays midi files portably. 'nuff said.

Eimarmeni 2008-04-23 07:52

This little thing is the best player I've ever used. Loads in a breeze, doesn't use half the PCs resourses and plays almost everything you want to hear. Try it and you won't be disapointed. I know I'm not.

Gmacri 2008-04-26 05:10

The best portable audio player I've founded.
The playback quality and the skins are very good.

augustocroppo@hotmail.co.uk 2008-06-28 10:23

The best music player to portable devices!

Lone Wolf 2008-07-17 03:11

Excellent player, did what I needed which was... The graphic equaliser didn't distort the sound when you played around with it...

Perfect... Thank you...

mel 2008-11-21 22:55

A really good audio player considering its small size and the low system resources it uses.Excellent as a portable application.

Buckster 2009-03-05 02:25

Like bowser17 said, I miss the ability to open a folder.

Mike 2009-05-21 04:48

bowser17/Buckster: right click the open button to add folders.

Best music player I've used.

KingMudkip 2009-11-05 00:32

Very nice piece of work, looks ggreat & is small too. Just one question though: can the library be configured to support dynamic drive letter? Or does it work fine anyway?

Munaq 2010-01-04 16:45

A new release after 2 years.

Is not that XMPlay is not being maintained, is just that it doesn't need any more improvements.

Portugal Angola que seja um empate 2010-01-17 15:59

The "Mona Lisa" of the music players

Harry 2010-05-26 00:44
Will 2010-06-27 15:04

This is a really handy audio player.For its size it dose a lot and with a few plugins you get a really good player.It is also low on system resources.

peewee 2010-08-19 18:54

Great player. It's too bad that it doesn't support relative paths. It would be such an easy fix. However, it supports the one-time omission of a drive letter in the playlist, which means limited portability can be enabled as follows:

1. load your playlist, and do a search on =D:\ and replace by just =\
2. Backup your playlist file
3. Launch XMPlay. It will locate your file on whatever drive the USB happens to be located.
4. Upon exiting XMPlay, look at your playlist - XMPlay added the current drive letter
5. Restore your backup playlist for the next time.

It works for me because I only play music from my playlists, because they don't change often, and because I already have a batch file that I launch upon putting my USB flash drive in a computer. I get that batch file to restore the backed up PLS files without drive letter on top of the ones last messed up by XMPlay.

It's not ideal, because I have a replicate of my USB flashdrive in a folder of my regular PC, and I'd need real relative path (i.e. ..\..\music\ instead of \music). Playing with these give random results.

ChemZ 2010-10-28 15:33

3 thumbs up!

TP109 2010-12-23 05:24

One of the best players available in an amazingly small size.

ChemZ 2010-12-23 06:59

The download link still points to the older v3.5.1!

I am Baas 2010-12-23 07:16


the_watcher 2010-12-23 08:38

great news! new xmplay! :D

Gmacri 2010-12-23 09:47

New version 3.6

Don't working at all in my Windows 7
Also if I run as administrator.
I'm re-installing old 3.5 version
I hope this will be fixed

spicydog 2011-02-25 12:44

Simply E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T... I want no other player but this!

I wish the developer of XMPlay would also make a video player with the same sleek features... If anybody knows an equivalent of XMPlay to play the common video formats, please post some alternatives.



Dinorawrus 2011-03-14 22:37

@spicydog, The KMPlayer is a good alternative.


Checker 2012-12-22 23:32

2012-12-22 23:28

Amazing how this program has improved from a simple player for tracker .xm files ( made by programs like skale tracker: http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=14420&p=44902&hilit=Skale ) to now.
Still my favorite music player!


freakazoid 2012-12-23 22:57

Agreed Checker!

I still use XMPlay everyday. The only thing I'd love to see is some sort of directory separator in the playlist, but other than that, still the best byte-for-byte audio player on the planet!


Checker 2013-12-23 22:12

@ billon: Good find!
But TPFC database entry links to the PortableApps version of XMPlay, which still is at v3.7.


freakazoid 2013-12-26 20:10

Another Christmas day release for XMPlay! Still going strong.

If it was me, I would switch out the portableapps.com version in TPFC for the native version.


Checker 2013-12-29 14:01

@ freakazoid: My XMPlay is running as v3.8.0.1 ;)


freakazoid 2013-12-31 18:05

@Checker - XMPlay is at now ;)


Checker 2013-12-31 19:24

@ freakazoid: Thanks ... and running ;)


Checker 2014-01-03 01:40

@ billon: The plugin works partly fine. It plays audio from video-files, but I don't have any video output presently. According to the forum text it should work at least with a .mkv file.
Do I need an additional visualization add-on to see videos?


Checker 2014-01-03 13:46

@ billon: Thanks. Surely a nice new feature.
I love XMplay for audio and internet radio streaming, but it won't become my new video player.


freakazoid 2014-01-03 18:37

I'm with Checker here. Nice proof-of-concept, but I'd stick with a dedicated video player like one of the MPlayer variants.


@thehop 2014-01-13 17:59

Yes, what a tiny, smart, useful, Audioplayer! =)
I prefer the "original-portable" Version http://www.un4seen.com


Midas 2014-01-14 10:25

It would be nice if someone detailed here how to make the 'native' version portable...


lautrepay 2014-01-14 14:50

@Midas: XMPlay is natively portable. Just run xmplay.exe and it will save the settings to xmplay.ini in the app folder.


Midas 2014-01-14 15:49

So why are we listing the PAF version?


lautrepay 2014-01-14 16:41

No idea.


lautrepay 2014-01-14 21:19

Oh, that's the problem... A problem that doesn't affect me because I don't use XMPlay's library nor I use it from external devices. So it's 100% functional for me.
Anyway, this entry is a mess. There's no mention that XMPlay is natively portable (with the flaws mentioned in the thread), there's a note alerting for problems that the PortableApps version is supposed to solve and the instructions do not correspond with the PAF package.


webfork 2014-01-15 00:25

Please move this conversation to forums. I'll start...


TP109 2014-01-16 03:17

For the PortableApps version, place the skins folder and any plugins in \App\XMPlay. Otherwise, the program won't find them.


Checker 2014-12-23 19:28

For those, like me, who can't wait for the PortableApps version ... there's a v3.8.1 available.
See: http://www.un4seen.com/


Checker 2014-12-27 19:12

There's a v3.8.1.1 available.
See: http://www.un4seen.com/


smaragdus 2014-12-29 23:24

Since version XMPlay renders Cue sheets the way I like- as separate tracks. I have found a fine skin for my taste (since I am not in love with the default one) and for me there's little to be desired- small, light, fully portable, many supported formats (via plug-ins), an excellent audio player.


freakazoid 2014-12-30 03:17

smargadus - Default skin does suck. Hopefully that doesn't deter anyone from using it through. (I personally use the Euphoria skin.)

Splitting the tracks from a cue sheet as separate playlist items is genius. Loved that feature when it was introduced.

XMPlay is still definitely the best bit-for-bit audio player on the planet! :)


TP109 2014-12-30 03:52

Ver worked fine, but hangs on XP. Went back to (didn't have a backup of and all is OK. I use the WAModern Good OL' Winamp skin (I'm not a fan of WinAmp). It doesn't really look like WinAmp and the minibar for this skin is great. I agree that most XMPlay skins are not very good.


smaragdus 2015-01-02 01:56

Euphoria is a nice skin but since it looks too much like AIMP I use Neutron skin, which us rather minimalistic. Splitting Cue sheets into separate tracks was what I missed and why I preferred AIMO/foobar2000. The default skin is a bit old-fashioned but there are so many skins to choose so anyone would find their favourite.

If you need XMPlay version, I have it and uploaded it:
You can download it from any of these two download locations- the file is the same.


freakazoid 2015-01-02 03:20

smargadus - To clarify, I use Euphoria exclusively in mini mode :)

TP109 - Instead of using the older version, you should report the bug on the un4seen.com forums.


TP109 2015-01-03 03:45

@smaragdus Thanks. I downloaded it. BTW, XMPlay archives older versions here: https://support.xmplay.com/files.php?id=20

The problem seems to be related to plugins. It's working now. See post at un4seen forums here:


Checker 2016-02-26 18:34

There's a v3.8.2.3 available.
See: http://www.un4seen.com/


dbonnell1972 2016-12-08 17:11

I used to use WinAmp (over the years became bloated and tool forever to load), then tried Cool Player (good, but not enough features for me). XM Player is the perfect balance - super fast, reliable (so far), flexible, and customizable. J.U.S.T. Perfect!


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