10 Best Free and Open Source Audio Converters

There is a huge range of open source free audio software available for Linux which is both mature and feature-laden. Linux has all the tools needed to be a serious contender in music production without a user having to venture into the commercial software world. Linux is a superior platform for professional audio production: rock solid, efficient, and you don’t get fleeced for software licenses. Software that creates music can often be expensive.

Do you need to convert music files to a different audio format? Unsure of what tool is best suited for the job? To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a roundup of 10 high quality free and open source Linux audio converters.

Here’s our verdict summarized in one of our legendary ratings chart. Only free and open source software is eligible for inclusion.

Ratings chart

Let’s explore the 10 audio converters at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

Audio Converters
fre:acHigh quality audio converter and CD ripper
FlaconSplit single audio file containing an album into separate audio tracks
SoXSwiss Army knife of sound processing programs
SoundConverterGNOME-powered sound conversion
Perl Audio ConverterSupports a wide range of audio formats and video extensions
EcasoundSoftware package designed for multitrack audio processing
FFaudioConverterGraphical audio converter and filter tool
caudec Multiprocess audio converter supporting many formats
GnacAudio converter for GNOME
soundKonverterFrontend to various audio converters

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2 years ago

fre:ac is an amazing tool, still maintained and runs under FreeBSD too!