FLAC File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a FLAC file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .FLAC files.

What is a FLAC file?

A .FLAC file is a FLAC lossless compressed audio file. FLAC is an acronym for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Files with the .flac file extension contain audio files that are compressed using lossless audio compression. The compression of a FLAC file is similar to the compression of a ZIP file, making the file more manageable and saving file storage space.

The FLAC lossless audio compression format is an open-source format, allowing the use of FLAC files across multiple operating systems and platforms. The FLAC file format is similar to the MP3 file format, but the sound quality of a FLAC file is superior to that of files that have been compressed with the MP3 file format.

How to open FLAC files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension FLAC for different purposes. We have identified 7 FLAC openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of FLAC file.

Programs that open these files

We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Suggest another file format using extension FLAC

While we know of one file format using the .FLAC file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .FLAC file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of FLAC files. Remember, different programs may use FLAC files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
GOM AudioGOM AudioUser submitted
DAEMON Tools LiteDAEMON Tools LiteUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
VAFPlayerVAFPlayerUser submitted
BSPlayerBSPlayerUser submitted
MelOn PlayerMelOn PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with FLAC-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with FLAC-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!