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Original author(s)Dennis Smit
Developer(s)Chong Kai Xiong et al.
Stable release
0.5.0 / March 18, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-03-18)
Written inC
Operating systemCross-platform
LicenseGNU Lesser General Public License

Libvisual is an abstraction library that comes between applications and audio visualisation plugins.

Often when it comes to audio visualization plugins or programs that create visuals, they depend on a player or something else; basically, there is no general framework that enabled application developers to easily access interesting audio visualization plugins. Libvisual wants to change this by providing an interface towards plugins and applications; through this easy to use interface applications can easily access plugins and, since the drawing is done by the application, it also enables the developer to draw the visual anywhere desired.

Currently libvisual is mainly focused to Unix-like systems including FreeBSD, Linux, and NetBSD.

The goal is to make libvisual a cross-platform audio visualisation framework.

Other examples of audio visualization programs are Winamp Advanced Visualization Studio and MilkDrop.

Libvisual is released under the LGPL and included in every major linux distribution.

Media Players that support libvisual:

Libraries supporting libvisual:


  • Libvisual 0.5.0 due by mid 2014
  • Libvisual 0.4.0 2006-03-20
  • Libvisual 0.2.0 2005-02-08
  • Libvisual 0.1.7 2004-10-14
  • Libvisual 0.1.6 2004-09-08
  • Libvisual 0.1.5 2004-06-28
  • Libvisual 0.1.4 2004-06-16
  • Libvisual 0.1.3 2004-05-27

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