2021 Good Open Source CD Rippers for Windows, macOS, and Linux

There are a few good open source CD rippers on the Internet. They feature a package of extended features and configuration settings, helping you process CD ripping with more flexibility. This post introduces 4 of the useful open source CD ripping applications you can use on different platforms.

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Sound Juicer

Some people prefer open-source applications to handle CD ripping tasks but find there are very limited options. On one hand, digital media storage has gradually replaced physical discs and people have less demand to deal with CDs, consequently, fewer applications are updated for this purpose; on the other hand, various well-known applications loaded with the CD ripping feature occupy most of the market. On windows, you can use the default Windows Media Player to copy CD, and Apple iTunes also makes it a cinch to rip songs from a CD on macOS, let alone various commercial CD ripper applications. Nevertheless, good open source CD rippers still exist. In the following part, we will show you four good tools for CD ripping task.

Also Read: Open Source Video Converters l Open Source DVD Rippers l Open Source DVD Burners

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4 Best Open Source CD Rippers


Fre:ac is a totally free and open source audio converter and CD ripper available on multiple platforms. With this program, you can rip audio CDs to MP3 or M4A files. At the same time, Free:ac can automatically add metadata information for the exported songs based on CDDB/GNUdb online CD database. The conversion function of Free:ac allows you to convert between all popular audio formats, including MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, APE, Speex, and WavPack, thus, you will be able to use your audio files on more software and applications. Through modern multi-core CPUs, Free:ac greatly boosts the conversion process.
Apart from the fundamental audio ripping and format conversion features, Fre:Ac also provides a series of advanced and easy-to-handle setting options. It will also automatically save your configuration settings for further usages. This program can be either installed on computer or portable drives, which makes it more accessible.

Website: https://www.freac.org/

Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD and Haiku


CDex is a highly configurable and simple-to-use audio CD ripper for Windows computer, which helps users to extract audio tracks from CDs and convert the tracks to WAV, MP3, FLAC, AAC, WMA or OGG. A large number of popular and modern encoders are included in this program. During the ripping progress, it will generate CD-Text information and add metadata info to songs on basis of Freedb, a database of compact disc track listings. Likewise, CDex is armed with extra functions to correct audio signal time distortion, indicate track progress, and normalize audio signal,

Website: https://cdex.mu/

Supported Platform: Windows 


This is a graphical CD ripper and encoder for Linux with output format support of WAV, MP3, OGG, FLAC, Opus, WavPack, Musepack, AAC, and Monkey’s Audio files. On top of that, Asunder can rip CDs to your needed format at one step and also encode audio to multiple formats in one session. Audio information addition to audio tracks is supported by Asunder from CDDB, as well. An additional feature of Asunder is it enables users to create M3U playlists. The program can be run without installing a desktop environment.

Website: http://littlesvr.ca/asunder/  

Supported Platforms: Linux, BSD

Sound Juicer  

Sound Juicer is an official audio CD ripper from GNOME, a free and open-source desktop environment for Unix-line OS. It is capable of directly converting audio tracks from CDs to Opus, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and uncompressed PCM formats and also extends its functionality to CD audio playback. Sound Juicer will automatically scrape track information from MusicBrainz for songs when your device is connected to the Internet.   

Sound Juicer goes with a concise & tidy interface and easy operation.

Website: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/SoundJuicer

Supported Platforms:   Linux, Unix-like

Bottom Line

Open source is not only about “Free”. An open-source application is usually along with faster updates, more customized settings as well as extensible functionality to catch up with actual demands of users. What’s more, for tech-savvy users, an open-source application brings more possibilities due to the open source code….

The four open source CD rippers above all feature the characteristics of the good open-source application. Hopefully, any of them is suitable for your demands.

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