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Foobar2000 logo 2014.png
Foobar2000 screenshot.png
Sample interface of one of 1.3.9's layouts
Developer(s) Piotr Pawłowski
Initial release 20 December 2002[1]
Stable release 1.3.9 (November 2, 2015; 3 months ago (2015-11-02)[2]) [±]
Preview release 1.3.9 beta 5 (October 26, 2015; 3 months ago (2015-10-26)[3]) [±]
Operating system Windows XP SP2 and later[4]
Size 3.6 MiB
Type Audio player
License Core: Freeware
SDK: BSD (3 clause)

foobar2000 is a freeware audio player for Windows developed by Piotr Pawlowski, a former freelance contractor for Nullsoft. It is known for its highly modular design, breadth of features, and extensive user flexibility in configuration. For example, the user-interface is completely customizable.[5] Its extensive SDK (Software development kit) allows third-party developers enough power to completely replace the interface. foobar2000 supports a large number of audio file formats, has many features for organising metadata, files, and folders, and has a converter interface for use with command line encoders. To maximize audio fidelity in cases where resampling or downscaling in bit depth is required, it provides noise shaping and dithering. There are a number of official and third-party components which add many additional features. The core is closed source, whereas the SDK is licensed under the Three-Clause BSD license.

Since version 0.9.5, foobar2000 supports Windows XP SP2/SP3 and later releases only. This version features a revamped default interface, with embedded support for album list, album art,[6] spectrum visualization, and some other features and improvements.

The name foobar is derived from a common placeholder name used in computer programming.

In September 2011,[7] the developer of foobar2000 spun off its codebase to create a simplified audio player called "Boom".[8]





  • foobar2000 does not support Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) portable devices.[5]
  • Its highly extensible user interface is plain and utilitarian "out of the box", and lacks a built-in help feature.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official foobar2000 site & foobar2000 0.3 & SDK!". Hydrogenaudio. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  2. ^ "foobar2000: News". 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  3. ^ "foobar2000: News". 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Download foobar2000 and optional components". Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  5. ^ a b "foobar2000 v0.9.6.9 Review". Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Foobar2000 CNET Editors' review". Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Foobar2000's News page : 2011-09-20". Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  8. ^ "Peter Pawlowski's home page : Software : Boom". Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Hydrogenaudio wiki: ReplayGain". Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  10. ^ "foobar2000: 4.3 Replaygain". Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  11. ^ "Hydrogenaudio wiki: Gapless playback". Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  12. ^ "foobar2000 0.9.6 release notes". Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  13. ^ "foobar2000 1.0 release notes". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  14. ^ "foobar2000". Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  15. ^ "Windows 7 ASIO USB audio set-up guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Can You Hear the Difference Between Lossless and Lossy Audio?". Time. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 

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