How To : Open .flac Files

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Ever came across .flac files? I’m sure you might have. Well, if you haven’t then .flac file format stand for Free Lossless Audio Codec. It is a file format for lossless audio data compression. During compression, FLAC does not lose quality from the audio stream.

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Pros of .flac formats:

  • FLAC’s free and open source, hence its supported by many softwares.
  • It reduces bandwidth and storage requirements without sacrificing the integrity of the audio source.
  • It has support for tagging, cover art and fast seeking.


  • FLAC playback support in portable audio devices and dedicated audio systems is limited at present.

Ok, so having known about the .flac format let’s find out how they can be opened. The following programs will play the .flac format without any problem:

VLC media player
MacAmp Lite X

I personally use the VLC media player with K-Lite codec package, it plays nearly every format I come across.

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