What is a .FLAC File And How To Open It – Xiph.Org Foundation (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .flac extension, but you are not sure what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .flac file extension and how to open it.

What is a .FLAC file?

The .FLAC file extension is from Free Lossless Audio Codec File. The developer of this file extension is Xiph.Org Foundation. The format of this audio related file is binary.

What to know

There are currently 11 software that can open the .flac file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .FLAC file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .FLAC file on various operating systems.

How to open a .FLAC file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .flac file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the jetAudio software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Audacity, Nullsoft Winamp, VideoLAN VLC media player, MPlayer, Foobar2000, VUPlayer, aTunes, Applian Replay Converter and jetAudio.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .FLAC file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the jetAudio software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .FLAC file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .flac file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the aTunes software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Eltima Elmedia Player, Audacity, VideoLAN VLC media player, MPlayer and aTunes.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .FLAC file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the aTunes software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .FLAC file on Linux

To open the .flac file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Audacity software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: VideoLAN VLC media player, MPlayer, aTunes and Audacity.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .FLAC file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Audacity software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .FLAC file on Android

There is easy way to open the .flac file on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .FLAC file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Videolabs VLC for Android software and install it. You could also download the jetAudio and Videolabs VLC for Android software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .FLAC file?

If you are still unable to open the .FLAC file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .FLAC file.flam3 – Fractal Flames File, .flame – Fractal Flames File, .flash – Frictional Games, .flatpak – Linux Flatpak Application Bundle, .flatpakref – Linux Flatpak Application Package. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .FLAC file with the jetAudio, Audacity, Nullsoft Winamp, VideoLAN VLC media player, MPlayer, Foobar2000, VUPlayer, aTunes, Applian Replay Converter programs on Windows, aTunes, Eltima Elmedia Player, Audacity, VideoLAN VLC media player, MPlayer programs on Mac, Audacity, VideoLAN VLC media player, MPlayer, aTunes software on Linux and Videolabs VLC for Android, jetAudio software on Android.