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Original author(s) Robert Woodcock (original)
Developer(s) Steve McIntyre (current)
Stable release
2.8.1 / 18 Jan 2017 [1]
Operating system Unix-like
Available in English
Type CD ripper
License GPL
Website abcde - A Better CD Encoder

ABCDE (A Better CD Encoder) is a CD ripper for Linux and UNIX-like operating systems, operated entirely from the command line. The program can be run 'as is' or can run with command line switches or from a config file. It will query either FreeDB or MusicBrainz for the CD currently in the drive, display a list of possible matches to choose from, then optionally rip, encode, tag the files and even optionally normalize, add replaygain information or create a playlist. As of version 2.6 ABCDE can rip to Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, Wav, and others.

abcde 2.7 has been released on June 18, 2015 with an impressive list of changes [2] including automated and semi-automated album art downloading.


  1. ^ "Release version 2.8.1". Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "[Abcde-users] abcde 2.7 release...". Retrieved 21 June 2015. 

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