foobar2000 v1.4 Updated

billon on 24 Jul 2018
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by Barrette

foobar2000 is an audio player with low memory footprint and native support for most popular audio formats. It includes CD ripping, format conversion, replay gain, audio normalization, equalization and more. Playlist display and keyboard shortcuts are both very customizable. Additional functionality available via a wide variety of plugins.

The program can edit song tags (album and song name, number, year etc.) based on the FreeDB Internet database and even rename the original songs based on these tags. A file format conversion tool is available, but must be enabled with external downloads. Can even fix some MP3s with corrupted file headers.

Windows 2000 is no longer supported but users can download the last compatible version: 0.9.4.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and launch
  2. Select "Portable installation" and choose the destination folder
  3. Launch foobar2000.exe
Similar/alternative apps: 1by1, Boom, Winyl
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35 comments on foobar2000  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

David Racho 2006-04-17 05:00

Foobar starting from v0.9 requires NT, XP or higher. Does not support Win9X or ME anymore. That's why I still keep a copy of v0.8.3 for the older machines.

Manifold 2006-08-15 09:56

Since the change in API, there hasn't been a proper directory of ported components, but this is the most comprehensive index:

Vasily 2007-03-14 04:13

Using 0.8.3 on my portable hard drive with a collection of music. Database is not portable - it uses full filepath for music file to store file info :(
looking something else therefore.

Loner 2007-08-22 06:51

Nice program, I like its features, and its ability to save play lists. However, I wish it had a way to sit in system tray instead of being minimized. Otherwise, its a great program.

Gawran 2007-10-30 02:55

I use Columns UI, which is a much better interface than default one, and it has an option to minimize to tray (under Preferences->Display->Columns UI->Status bar/Systray).

Mac 2008-01-04 02:01

Where I can found more skins for it? Thanks!

Ashghost 2008-02-28 20:30

@Vasily: If you use the "Library" feature to scan your drive for music, Foobar2000 stores the full path in the "Album List" database. However, if you add files to playlists, they are automatically stored in a "playlist" subdirectory of the program directory AND they use relative paths. You can have as many playlists open at the same time as you want.

J44xm 2008-05-27 08:41

foobar2000 is the best audio that I've ever used. Does everything that I need it to do and well, including handling my iPod. Very highly recommended. Been running it on my portable drive for a very long time now.

David_E. 2008-11-29 16:27

Juppie :-) Foobar2k 9.6 has been released and does no longer request administrative rights to start the setup under windows vista. UAC fires after choosing to install foobar on the computer and not in portable mode.

a 2009-05-12 19:42

Oh wow.. I think I found a 1by1 player replacement, which is a great player by all means but it starts slacking with large directories (750+).. So far 10 minutes with Foobar2000 and I'm impressed, time will tell If this becomes my default media player.

Webfork 2009-06-17 13:20

The latest versions allow for configuration of the main window to make it either resemble programs like iTunes and Songbird or to do a minimalism track that many users prefer (ala VLC).

The ability to play many formats and the focus on being a purely music-playing software makes it an outstanding, clean player for every taste. Rapidly becoming a genuine Winamp replacement.

Daffyd K Jones 2009-11-09 20:50

Please note that as of v0.9.6.4, the official installer allows installation in portable mode - just select the option for portable install and it will install itself into a folder, with all settings made to an .ini file and no changes made to the registry or host computer.

No need for a separate portable version now :)

digitxp 2010-04-07 01:42

It seems to automatically take in relative paths for me.
I'm testing it (running off of my Rockbox player) and it's working great so far--didn't crash like songbird yet.

jack 2010-05-18 02:49

It's a nice portable app, however, it does not support relative paths when saving playlists. Saved playlists are with absolute paths as of v1.0.3 Hope they fix it in future versions. A small oversight that greatly diminishes its' usability.

portafreeuser 2011-01-25 22:47

I really like Foobar2000 for FLAC, OGG, MP4, M4A, ALAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, and MID files. It's really cool. I like how it works with the highest resolution WAV files. It's great for editing id tags and converting CD's to FLAC. I loaded up with a bunch of plugins and it's really neat. I customized my interface just how I like it. I use it every day for tons of things.

On the downside, this recent version (as of Jan 25, 2011) didnt install correctly because it choked on my plugins. I'm not really sure how to fix it so I just went back to the previous version which still works just fine on Windows XP.

webfork 2011-04-04 19:32

Just discovered this program's ability to update whole album's metadata from FreeDB. No more Song1.mp3, Song2.mp3, etc. Note that it works a whole lot better if you check whole albums rather than individual songs, but its absolutely irreplaceable.


Magibon 2011-04-23 09:50

@ webfork

I agree.. this is irreplaceable!

I don't have to splice .FLAC tracks, it's able to use the .cue file .. wow!
It can also verify EAC logs, plus many more features/plugins !

Great software, they could easily charge for this.
Great job Manufacturer!


abc 2011-12-05 18:44

Foobar2000 is the undisputed king of audio players.

Free, independently developed, frequently updated, completely portable, Linux (WINE) capable, fully customizable, tabbed playlists, small size, tons of features out of the box, can be extended with plugins galore.

What more can one ask for.


lautrepay 2011-12-08 04:24

@abc: Localization.


Emka 2011-12-08 05:16

@lautrepay: definitely; but as much as I understand from various developer's comments on that request, it seems to be unfeasible...


lautrepay 2011-12-10 00:41

@Emka: That's true, it's unfeasible. Sadly, the same applies to XMPlay...


abc 2011-12-12 03:37

That's interesting, being a native English speaker you don't notices things like that. For what its worth, there's a "simplified Foobar2000" that has localization by the same author here:


lautrepay 2011-12-16 04:42

@abc: to be honest, I haven't got too much difficulties when a program is english only, although I prefer my own language if there's a good translation. But for the developer no localization means less bug reports, less suggestions, less collaboration (skins, icons, plugins, even code)... and less donations.
As for Boom:
Thanks anyway.


webfork 2012-03-10 02:41

Keep finding new things I love: if you choose one of the layouts with "Properties" included, you get access to a "View" window that lets you swap quickly between artist, folder structure, and genre. In order to quickly find the music you want in larger collections, its often necessary to jump between these different settings. Foobar does this easily and instantly.


freakazoid 2012-09-13 04:56

The more I use foobar2000, the more I love it. foobar2000 has excellent tagging features as you can connect to freedb / Discogs (via foo_discogs) and it will tag your music for you. You can also rename your files based on your tags as well. This basically eliminates all those MP3 tagging / renaming programs.

Combine that with its excellent processsing and conversion capabilities and this one program can replace all your music utility programs!


abc 2012-10-28 02:09

For file tagging I prefer Tag Scanner but the tagging and audio conversion features of foobar2000 are quite convenient and adequate enough most the time I forget about using Tag Scanner.

Comparable to WMP, iTunes and others, The lack of multi-media handling (audio / video / etc) has become it's Achilles hill. But I haven't found a better performing and customizable replacement, so I'm quite happy foobar2000 for the time being.

Some component recommendations:


lautrepay 2012-11-02 09:33

@abc: Considering Winamp's video playback quality, perhaps it is preferable to keep foobar2000 as it is...


thegodofdeath 2013-09-20 10:53

i use Musicbee , has got excellent tagging abilities, a great theater mode and is class to watch


hamasaki 2014-08-06 09:57

For me this is the best music player. Has all the features I need, is fast, reliable and has plenty of customisable options. Excellent.


hamasaki 2015-12-21 05:50

Been using it for over a year now and the only glitch I see is with playing random tracks. I have thousands of songs / albums, but for some albums, it only ever appears to select the same track and it never plays antyhing else. Looking at the stats on LastFM confirms this. It`s randomnly selecting the same tracks too many times.


Emka 2015-12-21 16:25

@hamasaki: Have you posted this on their forums? There's an active community, maybe even the dev responds if it's a bug.


hamasaki 2016-02-20 11:36

@Emka, sorry for the delay. No, I didn`t post on the forums.


shnbwmn 2016-07-22 12:25

Great player, especially with a few tweaks. I use Meier crossfeed[1] together with Dolby surround emulation[2]. What this does is it spreads the sound out, as if you're listening to a live performance, and greatly reduces ear strain when listening with headphones (which I do 99% of the time). Other pluses are that it uses my own music directory structure, is very fast (opens in a snap), and it uses windows native look instead of someone's idea of a great skin.



Midas 2016-07-22 15:49

@shnbwmn: FYI, Viper4Windows is a free general purpose Windows sound processor that includes similar tweaks, among many others... (V4W homepage appears to be having issues currently, but Softpedia has it: Also available as Viper4Android.


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