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|Stable release||1.51 / September 10, 2003|
|Preview release||1.70 beta 4 / November 18, 2009|
|Written in||C, C++, Python|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|License||GNU General Public License|
CDex is a CD ripper for Microsoft Windows. It convert tracks on a CD to standard computer sound files, such as WAV, MP3, or Ogg Vorbis. Released under the GNU General Public License, CDex is free software. As of July 2010[update], it is the 14th most popular download on SourceForge.net, with over 41 million downloads. It is developed and maintained by Georgy Berdyshev. It was originally written by Albert L. Faber.
CDex is able to convert CD audio into several formats including WAV, Vorbis, MP3 (using the LAME encoder), VQF, Musepack, APE, and many others. As of version 1.70b2 FLAC encoding is native, but for version 1.51 FLAC and other codecs can be used by using an external encoder. For convenience, it supports CD-Text to allow ripped tracks, with reduced user effort, to have the names of songs, artists and albums. It also includes cdparanoia for robust CD reading.
In January 2006, the CDex homepage requested a new project manager and developer, implying that Albert L. Faber had abandoned development of CDex. On 2006-06-05, CDex 1.70 Beta 1 was released via the SourceForge.net website. It was the first official update to the program in almost three years, with CDex 1.70 Beta 2 following soon after on 2006-06-23. On 2009-11-18 CDex 1.70 Beta 4 was released. Since then there has been no new release, but the 1.7X versions can still be downloaded.
On June 30, 2007, just one day after the release of the GPLv3, the license of CDex was updated.