Enable FLAC support on Windows 8

Windows has been lacking of FLAC support since the very first version. For those who do not know, FLAC is an open lossless audio format. Even Microsoft supports many audio formats out of the box, FLAC was never supported and it is still not even in Windows 8. And since Windows 8 already hit RC version, it is very unlikely we see the support implemented in the RTM version, even users <a href="http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-sound/metro-music-include-flac-codec-before-rtm/69d0e115-41bc-4473-97cd-58ac615a58cb?msgId=07315c50-6bd7-4143-b289-e91c8605e9b5" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'http://answers.microsoft .com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-sound/metro-music-include-flac-codec-before-rtm/69d0e115-41bc-4473-97cd-58ac615a58cb?msgId=07315c50-6bd7-4143-b289-e91c8605e9b5′, ‘are’);”>are requesting for that.

Even currently there is nothing you can do to get FLAC support in Windows 8 Music application (due to no support of additional codecs), there is still something you can do to get FLAC support in Windows File Explorer and Windows Media Player.

If you are planning to listen your FLAC collection using Windows Media Player, there are two things you will need:rpk-tramplin

To play FLAC files using Windows Media Player I recommend using “Media Foundation FLAC Codec“. All you need to do is download and install this codec. Optionally, at the end of installation you can automatically associate your FLAC files with Windows Media Player. Be advised, that this is not the only possible solution for playing FLAC files with WMP – any codec pack including FLAC support should work. So, if you already have one installed, your WMP might be already able to play FLAC files.

For WMP to be able to read FLAC tags, the only option I am aware of is installing “WMP Tag Plus“. This free Windows Media Player plugin adds tag support not only for FLAC files, but for APE, WV, OGG, MPC and few others.

WMP Tag Plus installedAs you can see in the screenshot above, Windows Media Player was able to successfully extract tags from the FLAC files. Without the plugin, all those fields would be empty (displayed as a dash).

To get FLAC tags support in File Explorer, you will need to download and install this small tool, called “Windows 7 FLAC Property Handler“. Even the name says it is for Windows 7, it works great with Windows 8 (both 32-bit and 64-bit) too. The tool was created by the author of blog named https://castlemadeofsand.wordpress.com, but unfortunately, the blog was closed and the tool removed. The tool still can be find on some file sharing services or forums.

So, this is a screenshot of File Explorer WITHOUT having the addon installed:


46 comments on the post

  1. Great article! Thank you!

    Unfortunately the handler for Windows Explorer is rather difficult to find. The link in your article is not working anymore (although it seems to point to file on this site/domain), and my search results keep referring to this page- or they turn out to be some crapware nonsense disguised as “whatever-you’re-looking-for”…
    Perhaps you could refresh the link or check into why it’s failing when you get a chance? That would be very much appreciated indeed!


    • SOLVED: I managed to find & download the file!
      Just needed to adjust the domain name to your new/current domain. Should be a super quick fix to repair the link…

      Thank you so much!!!

  2. Method 1 Convert FLAC to Windows Media Player with iDealshare VideoGo

    Method 2 Install FLAC codec for Windows Media Player

    Here we will provide two options for FLAC codec, and you just need to install one of them and then can enable Windows Media Player play FLAC files.

    Option 1: Install a DirectShow Filter

    This option helps to play FLAC in Windows Media Player. It also enables WMP to play Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Speex, Ogg Theora, and WebM files.

    Step by step guide:

    1. Download the installer from http://www.xiph.org/dshow/
    2. Uninstall any previous version of these filters. (This is important!) Go to “Add/Remove Programs”, remove oggcodecs.
    3. Make sure media player or any directshow applications are closed.
    4. Run the just downloaded installer.

    Option 2: Intall Media Foundation FLAC Codec

    This option only helps to play FLAC in WMP.

    Download Media Foundation FLAC Codec and execute it. Then Windows Media Player will have the ability to play FLAC audio files.

  3. You may try use Avdshare Audio Converter to convert FLAC to Windows Media Player supported WAV, MP3, etc.

  4. Thank You very much, its the first time that i have ever seen the flac format.
    You give me great base notions about it and direct links to what i want.

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