foobar2000 v1.3.12 on Windows 10
Developer(s) Piotr Pawłowski and contributors[1]
Initial release December 20, 2002 (2002-12-20)[2]
Stable release 1.3.13 (October 22, 2016 (2016-10-22)[3]) [±]
Preview release 1.3.13 beta 2 [±]
Operating system
Windows XP SP2 and later[4]
Windows 10 and later[5]
iOS 8 and later[6]
Android 2.3 and later[7]
Type Audio player
License Core: Freeware
SDK: BSD (3 clause)

foobar2000[lower-alpha 1] is a freeware audio player for Microsoft Windows developed by Piotr Pawłowski. It is known for its highly modular design, breadth of features, and extensive user flexibility in configuration. For example, the user-interface is completely customizable.[8] Its extensive software development kit (SDK) allows third-party developers enough power to completely replace the interface. foobar2000 supports a large number of audio file formats, has many features for organising metadata, files, and folders, and has a converter interface for use with command line encoders. To maximize audio fidelity in cases where resampling or downscaling in bit depth is required, it provides noise shaping and dithering. There are a number of official and third-party components which add many additional features. The core is closed source, whereas the SDK is licensed under the Three-Clause BSD license.

Since version 0.9.5, foobar2000 supports Windows XP SP2/SP3 and later releases only. This version features a revamped default interface, with embedded support for album list, album art,[9] spectrum visualization, and some other features and improvements.

In September 2011,[10] the developer of foobar2000 spun off its codebase to create a simplified audio player called "Boom".[11]

In April 2016, a mobile version was released as a preview[12] for Windows 10 devices,[13] followed in May by a version for iOS and Android devices.[14][15]



At its core, Foobar2000 natively supports a range of audio formats, including MP1, MP2, MP3, MPC, AAC, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, ALAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CD, Speex, and Opus.

Foobar2000 also has a customizable user interface, advanced tagging capabilities and support for ripping Audio CDs, as well as transcoding of all supported audio formats using the Converter component. The player can read inside ZIP, GZIP, 7z and RAR archives.

Additional features include ReplayGain support (for both playback and calculation),[16][17] gapless playback,[18] keyboard shortcuts and support for DSP effects such as equalization and crossfade.

Users can configure the Foobar2000 Media Library with automated folder watching[19] and Windows Media streaming.[20] The client is built with an open component architecture, allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.[21]


Foobar2000 can read the APE, HDCD, AC3, DTS, SACD and DVD-Audio formats.

Other optional features include playback statistics, CD burning, kernel streaming, ASIO support and WASAPI output compatibility. Third-party support is also present in the audio client. For instance, Foobar2000 supports scrobbling and integration with Apple iPod, including album art support and automatic transcoding of audio formats not supported by iPod itself.

Foobar2000 is the recommended player for Windows 7 by Cambridge Audio [22] and supports virtual radio stream playback.


See also


  1. The name foobar is derived from a common placeholder name used in computer programming.


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  2. "Official foobar2000 site & foobar2000 0.3 & SDK!". Hydrogenaudio. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  3. "foobar2000: News". 2016-10-22. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  4. "Download foobar2000 and optional components". Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  5. "Foobar2000 Mobile". Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  6. "Foobar2000 Mobile". Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  7. "Foobar2000 Mobile". Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  8. 1 2 "foobar2000 v0.9.6.9 Review". Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  9. 1 2 "Foobar2000 CNET Editors' review". Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  10. "Foobar2000's News page : 2011-09-20". Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  11. "Peter Pawlowski's home page : Software : Boom". Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  12. "Foobar2000 (Mobile Edition)". Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  13. "foobar2000 beta – Windows Apps on Microsoft Store". Microsoft Store. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  14. "foobar2000 on the App Store". App Store. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  15. "foobar2000 - Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 2016-05-10.
  16. "Hydrogenaudio wiki: ReplayGain". Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  17. "foobar2000: 4.3 Replaygain". Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  18. "Hydrogenaudio wiki: Gapless playback". Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  19. "foobar2000 0.9.6 release notes". Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  20. "foobar2000 1.0 release notes". Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  21. "foobar2000". Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  22. "Windows 7 ASIO USB audio set-up guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-25.
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