What software use to play/convert/rip/burn FLAC ?

Since FLAC is supported by so many different programs, it can be a big question for the new user to choose a suitable program foer using FLAC.

Let's see the best free software that we can use in different operating systems.

Windows

To play FLAC files, here is some popular players:

For accurate ripping CDs to FLAC, here is a short list of the most popular programs. Experts generally prefer EAC for the most accurate ripping. dbPowerAMP also does a fine job and is easier to set up.

  • Exact Audio Copy (EAC) - The official download ships with FLAC
  • dbPowerAMP Music Converter
  • Winamp - Winamp can rip to FLAC out of the box since version 5.31 if you download the Full version (not Lite).
  • Windows Media Player (WMP) - Sorry, Microsoft has made it impossible to rip to FLAC in WMP; hopefully this will change eventually.

For burning FLAC files to CD, here is a short list of the most popular programs:

For converting audio files to/from FLAC, there are quite a few programs:

MAC OS X

For playing FLAC files, here is some popular players:

For ripping CDs to FLAC, there are also a few options:

For burning FLAC files to CD:

  • XLD a nice GUI ripper/converter/burner

For converting audio files to/from FLAC:

*NIX
In the Unix world, FLAC support is very widespread and it's usually only a matter of installing packages, so here are a few tools.

To play FLAC files:

To rip CDs to FLAC:

  • Grip is a great ripping and encoding front end and can be easily configured to use flac. See this thread on how to configure Grip for FLAC.
  • xmcd is a CD ripper with CDDB support as well as a player.
  • K3B, for KDE, has ripping possibilities

To burn FLAC files to CD, here is a short list of the most popular programs:

  • Arson: KDE ripper/burner
  • K3B: CD/DVD creator for Linux

To convert audio files to/from FLAC, there are quite a few programs:

  • Official FLAC tools have the command-line programs.