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FLAC developers

FLAC is an open source project and we are happy to enlist the help of anyone who wants to contribute. You can do this to a limited extent through the mailing list but if you have major changes to make to the code it's best to sign up as a developer. In either case, make sure to check out the FLAC goals first; there are some thing the we don't want added to FLAC, like copy protection and lossy compression.

High priority items are:

  • More input plugins. Currently there are plugins for XMMS and Winamp; Freeamp is in the works. More is better!
  • Improving the compression methods.

Some other "nice-to-haves":

  • Fix the MSVC makefiles to make libFLAC.dll (instead of just the .lib).
  • Configurable ID3V1 support and ID3V2 support in the plugins.
  • Support more input types than just WAVE and raw in flac.
  • A better logo! Gimp jedi I'm not...

Things that are in the works (check the flac-dev mailing list):

  • Windows ACM codec.
  • FLAC module for Audiofile.

third-party developers

FLAC is open to third-party developers who want to add support for FLAC into their programs. All the necessary functionality is contained the library libFLAC which is licensed under the LGPL. The relevant documentation here is:

There also are several examples in the FLAC code base of the use of libFLAC that may also be helpful. Visit the download page for instructions on how to get the source.

 Copyright (c) 2000,2001 Josh Coalson