Grip (software)

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Grip 3.2
Developer(s) Grip developers
Stable release
3.3.1 / June 25, 2005; 11 years ago (2005-06-25)
Development status Unmaintained
Written in C
Operating system Linux, Unix-like
Type CD ripper
License GNU General Public License

Grip is a free Compact Disc player and CD ripper within the GNOME project.

The software is rather similar to Audiograbber on Windows - without sound card capture feature; it is fast, light, easy to compile and it does well what it is intended to do.[citation needed]

Grip uses a selection of encoders, including cdparanoia. The current official GNOME ripper is Sound Juicer.

The original author, Mike Oliphant, originally registered Grip as a project at the free and open-source software website on March 17, 2000, and made pre-compiled binaries for RPM Linux distributions available. However, by mid-2005 development had stalled, and while the software was still very much usable, in effect it languished without a maintainer. In late 2016 a new maintainer, Johnny Solbu, stepped up by forking the project into "Grip 2" based on version 3.3.1 of the original. As of version 3.3.4, no binaries were made available yet.


  • Full-featured CD player with a small screen footprint in "condensed" mode
  • Database lookup/submission to share track information over the net
  • HTTP proxy support for those behind firewalls
  • Loop, shuffle, and playlist modes
  • Ripping of single, multiple, or partial tracks
  • Encoding of ripped .wav files into Ogg Vorbis, MP3 or FLAC files.
  • Simultaneous rip and encode
  • Support for multiple encode processes on SMP machines
  • Adding ID3v1/v2 tags to MP3 files after encoded
  • Cooperating with DigitalDJ, a MySQL-based MP3 jukebox


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MP3 MESA". SourceForge. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Grip2". SourceForge. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 

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