FLAC files are created using the Free Lossless Audio Codec, and their quality is much higher than that of MP3 files. To play FLAC files, you need to install certain software (players) or a filter that supports FLAC format. This article will show you how to play FLAC files on your computer.
Method 1 of 3: FLAC File Players
Step 1. Install a player that can play FLAC files by default
This is an easy and quick way to play FLAC files without having to configure anything or install any add-ons. We recommend the following programs:
- VLC Player. This media player supports Windows, Mac OS and Linux. VLC Player includes a VideoLAN client that supports FLAC files (and many other formats). VLC is capable of playing almost any video file, and plugins extend its functionality. You can download VLC Player for free from the VideoLan official website.
- Foobar 2000: The Foobar 2000 media player also supports FLAC by default (that is, after installing Foobar, you can immediately play FLAC files). You can download this player for free from the Foobar 2000 website.
Method 2 of 3: Playing FLAC Files in Windows Media Player
Step 1. Play FLAC files in Windows Media Player using DirectShow filter
This is a plugin that allows Windows Media Player to play FLAC files.
- Download DirectShow filter. You can download it for free from the Xiph website.
- Double click on the downloaded file to start the installation.
- Accept the terms of the license agreement and click Next. The DirectShow filter will install quickly (in a few seconds) and notify you when the installation process is complete.
Method 3 of 3: Playing FLAC Files
Step 1. Play FLAC files in VLC Player, Foobar 2000 or Windows Media Player as follows
- Double click on the player icon to launch it.
- Click "File" (top left).
- Select “Open” from the menu that appears.
- Navigate to the folder where the FLAC files are stored.
- Click on the file you want to play.
- Click "Open" to play the selected file in the media player.