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Welcome to the fre:ac project
Sunday, 11 July 2010 14:00

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats.

With fre:ac you easily rip your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files for use with your hardware player or convert files that do not play with other audio software. You can even convert whole music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure.

The integrated CD ripper supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database. It will automatically query song information and write it to ID3v2 or other title information tags.

Features (click an entry to see details)

  • Converter for MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats

    fre:ac converts freely between all supported formats. No matter if you need WMA to MP3, MP3 to WAV, M4A to MP3, WAV to MP3 or any other conversion, fre:ac supports any combination of formats.

  • Integrated CD ripper with CDDB/freedb title database support

    The integrated CD ripper will convert your audio CDs to files on your hard disk. It supports all of the formats available for regular audio file conversion. fre:ac can query the CDDB/freedb online CD database to find artist and title information prior to ripping. No need to enter track names manually.

  • Portable application, install on a USB stick and take it with you

    fre:ac can be installed on a USB stick or external drive so you can take it with you and use it on any computer. It will also store its configuration files on the portable drive. That way it will always start up with your custom settings.

  • Multi-core optimized encoders to speed up conversions on modern PCs

    The MP3, MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and Bonk encoders integrated with fre:ac make use of modern multi-core CPUs, so ripping and converting speeds get a real boost. You will save time and get the job done quickly.

  • Full Unicode support for tags and file names

    fre:ac provides full support for the Unicode character set. That way it can handle not only Latin scripts, but also Japanese, Cyrillic, Arabic or Indian. If you like music from all over the world, you can tag your files correctly.

  • Easy to learn and use, still offers expert options when you need them

    fre:ac's user interface is designed to be intuitive so you will be able to use the basic features without any trouble. It still offers advanced options when you need them so you will be able to go beyond simple ripping and format conversion using fre:ac.

  • Multilingual user interface available in 40 languages

    fre:ac comes with a multilingual user interface and is currently available in 40 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Vietnamese, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian, Lithuanian, Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, Romanian, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Hebrew, Arabic, Afrikaans, Basque, Esperanto, Galician, Catalan and Valencian). It can be translated to other languages easily using the 'smooth Translator' utility that is included in the distribution.

  • Completely free and open source without a catch

    fre:ac is available for free without any adware or other foul things. However, the project relies on your support to be able to push the development further. If you like this software, please consider making a donation. Click on one of the icons in the donation section to the right to support the fre:ac project with a donation.

 
fre:ac is now available as an AppImage
Saturday, 26 January 2019 19:06

fre:ac is now also available packaged as an AppImage for Linux systems.

AppImages are self-contained packages that can be downloaded and run on most Linux distributions without the need to install any additional software. Just mark the downloaded AppImage as executable and run it.

Get the AppImage for your architecture at the downloads page!

 
fre:ac is now available as a Snap package
Monday, 21 January 2019 19:51

fre:ac is now also available as a Snap for Linux systems supporting the Snappy package infrastructure.

This makes fre:ac available in the software directories of many popular Linux distributions and simplifies installation for their users. In most cases, fre:ac will show up with a simple search for freac or audio converter in these directories.

Check out fre:ac's entry in the Snap Store!

 
fre:ac is now available as a Flatpak
Friday, 21 December 2018 18:42

The Linux version of fre:ac is now available as a Flatpak package on Flathub.

This increases visibility of fre:ac for Linux users and simplifies the installation process. If your Linux system is already setup for Flatpak, installing fre:ac is as easy as clicking Install on its Flathub page.

Thanks everyone who was involved in getting fre:ac packaged as a Flatpak and published on Flathub!

 
fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20181201a
Saturday, 01 December 2018 18:16

fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20181201a has been released and is now available for download!

This release adds a Notifier extension that can play a sound or display a message when a conversion is finished which was an often requested feature.

The 20181201a hotfix for the initial 20181201 release fixes broken CD ripping functionality.

Other changes in this release are:

  • Improved tagging support
    • Read/write ID3v2 from/to .wav files
    • Read cue sheets embedded in ID3v2 tags
  • Improved freaccmd command line interface
    • Select options can now be specified ignoring case (e.g. VBR and vbr are now interchangeable)
    • Fixes for arguments parsing on non-Windows systems
  • Other improvements
    • Added option to switch stereo channels in Channel Converter DSP
    • Added support for accent colors on macOS Mojave
    • Greatly improved UI looks and behavior on Haiku
    • Respect GDK_SCALE environment variable on X11 systems
    • Extension component names are now translatable
  • Various bug fixes
    • Fixed crash when using the channel converter to convert mono to stereo
    • Fixed output file writing when using FAAC in SuperFast mode
    • Fixed encoding mono MP3s with LAME
    • Fixed issues writing MP4 files when <directory> pattern is used
    • Improved performance when reading large MP4/M4A files

Upgrading to the 20181201a release is strongly recommended for users of previous alpha or snapshot releases. All users of the stable release of fre:ac are encouraged to try this alpha instead. Please report issues on the GitHub issue tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

The new release is available in the downloads section.

 
fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180913
Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:04

fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180913 has been released and is now available for download!

This is the first release to integrate the SuperFast multi-threaded encoding technology into the main development branch. This feature is still marked as experimental and may be enabled on the Resources page of the configuration dialog.

Other changes in this release are:

  • added support for configuring all codecs in the command line interface
  • improved UI adjustment to translated text widths
  • improved HiDPI support

Upgrading to the 20180913 release is recommended for users of previous alpha or snapshot releases. All users of the stable release of fre:ac are encouraged to try this alpha instead. Please report issues on the GitHub issue tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

The new release is available in the downloads section.

 
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