File Extension FLAC

  • Full name
    Audio Files Encoded By Flac - Free Lossless Audio Codec
  • Developer
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a FLAC file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a FLAC file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your FLAC file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


FLAC refers to an open-source audio format that stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, meaning free lossless audio compression.

A Flac file is an audio file that has been compressed using the FLAC method. Much like the MP3 format, audio data is compressed. However, unlike MP3, the FLAC method compresses without loss and is therefore especially recommended for audiophiles and sound processing. While the MP3 format is limited to 48KHz / 16Bit, Flac can also encode 96KHz / 24Bit.

For most systems, there are playback, RIP & conversion programs that control FLAC. In addition, there is now also a whole range of devices that FLAC can play. More information can be found here: http://flac.Sourceforge.Net/links.Html#hardware. Meanwhile, there are certainly more than the devices listed there. Some programs need a plugin to handle FLAC.

Winamp is especially recommended for Windows because it can play and create FLAC.

Programs which can open a FLAC file

How to open a FLAC file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the FLAC file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a FLAC file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support FLAC files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a FLAC file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all FLAC files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with FLAC there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the FLAC file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the FLAC file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

Similar extensions