.FLAC File Extension

.FLAC File Extension

File Type

Free Lossless Audio Codec File

Developer Xiph.Org Foundation
4.1  |  117 Votes
Category Audio Files
Format Binary

What is an FLAC file?

A FLAC file is an audio file compressed in the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) format, which is an open-source lossless audio compression format. It is similar to an .MP3 file, but is compressed without any loss in quality or loss of any original audio data.

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Screenshot of a .flac file in Adobe Audition 2021
FLAC file open in Adobe Audition 2021

FLAC reduces the size of digital audio by approximately 60 percent and is a widely supported format across the most popular platforms. The format is open source and developed by the Xiph.Org Foundation.

A FLAC Fingerprint file, which contains the filename and checksum information for a FLAC file, may be generated along with the FLAC file. This file is typically named ffp.txt and can be created using the following command:

"metaflac --show-md5sum flac_file_names > ffp.txt".

How do I open an FLAC file?

You can play FLAC files with various media players, including Microsoft Groove Music (bundled with Windows), VLC media player (multiplatform), and MPlayer (multiplatform). iOS and Android users can play FLAC files in VLC for iOS and VLC for Android, respectively.

Those looking to edit FLAC files or convert them to other audio formats can do so using Audacity (multiplatform) or Adobe Audition (Windows, Mac).

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Programs that open FLAC files

Updated October 21, 2021

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