Files with flac extension are used for audio files compressed with the FLAC, aka Free Lossless Audio Codec. FLAC files do not lose any quality with their compression as MP3 do, but they are generally larger. Most modern media players support playback of FLAC files.

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FLAC file extension - Audio files encoded by Flac - free lossless audio codec

What is flac file? How to open flac files?

File type specification:

Audio and sound file type icon Audio and sound file type

flac file icon: flac filetype icon

File extension flac is commonly related to FLAC lossless audio format

FLAC is open-source audio format that uses lossless audio compression - audio is compressed in FLAC format without any loss in sound quality or original data.

FLAC features:

  • Lossless
  • Fast
  • Hardware support
  • Seekable
  • Streamable
  • Error resistant
  • no DRM

FLAC file format is freely available and supported on most operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X (macOS), Linux and mobile phones. Nowadays is defacto standard for lossless audio files.

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Updated: November 15, 2023

The default software associated to open flac file:

Media Player icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMedia Player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Windows 11 default media player is called Media Player. Microsoft developed it for the latest Windows 11 operating system (OS). Media Player replaces the old Windows Media Player, Windows 10 Groove Music, and Microsoft Movies & TV. It was released to all Win11 users on February 15, 2022.

FLAC - Free lossless audio codec icon

Xiph.Org Foundation logoFLAC - Free lossless audio codec  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Xiph.Org Foundation

FLAC is audio codec used to create compressed audio files. FLAC is similar to MP3, but its big advantage is, that the compression is without any loss in quality. Audio sources encoded to FLAC format are reduced to 50% - 60% of their original size. FLAC is distributed as free software.

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

Very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other operating systems and platforms.

VLC can playback many of the video formats (AVI, MKV, OGV, WMV, ASF, MOV...) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, M4A, OGG, FLAC...) as well as support of subtitles for video. It can also be used as a streaming server and multimedia transcoder.

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Help how to open:

Most modern media players support the playback of FLAC audio files.

How to convert:

FLAC format is widely supported by many audio converters.

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 66 4C 61 43 00 00 00 22
ASCII code: fLaC

Related links:

FLAC Links - hardware, software

List of software applications associated to the .flac file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open flac file, edit flac file, convert flac file, view flac file, play flac file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting flac files.

Software that open flac file - Audio files encoded by Flac - free lossless audio codec

Programs supporting the exension flac on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open flac file action.

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