FLAC frontend

FLAC frontend 2.1

It accepts WAVE, W64, AIFF and RAW files for encoding
4.1  (7 votes)
2.1.1 (See all)

FLAC files are known to be larger than ubiquitous MP3s, but also capable of providing much better sound quality. FLAC files are becoming increasingly popular nowadays as users get more interested in high quality and fidelity of audio files and less preoccupied with their sizes. The reasonable size was the main advantage of MP3 but nowadays computers and portable devices come with pretty large storage capacities and the size of files seems less important.

FLAC is a very effective open format that characterizes losslessly compressed audio files of reduced sizes. The problem with FLAC files is that in order to create, convert and manipulate such files, casual, rather inexperienced users have to deal with intricate and unfriendly command line tools. To solve this problem, this application has been created.

Its name is more than suggestive: FLAC Fronted is a front-end for FLAC command line tools. It’s an easy-to-use GUI (Graphical User Interface) that makes using the FLAC utilities a simple job, suitable for anyone, even for complete novices. Drag-and-drop is also supported.

FLAC Frontend lets you load FLAC, WAVE, W64, AIFF, OGG, OGA or RAW audio files. Then, you can change the compression level of the loaded files and save them either to the same formats or re-encode as FLAC or OGG-FLAC files. Basically, this handy tool can decode, test, fingerprint and re-encode FLAC files.

One of the best things about this tool is that, like FLAC itself, it is GPL-licensed open-source software. In conclusion, it’s simply a great tool for anyone interested in FLAC files as it works flawlessly and has no remarkable downsides.

Margie Smeer
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Review summary


  • Easy-to-use
  • Open-source
  • Can also check the files for errors


  • The interface cannot be customized or resized
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