Archives For November 30, 1999

fre:ac audio converter

fre:ac audio converter 1.1.2 was released a few days ago. The new release features UI scaling to the system font size, theme colors and dark mode support on Linux, and many improvements and bug-fixes.

Fre:ac 1.1.2 release highlights:

  • Scale UI to adjust to system font size by default
  • Added support for theme colors and dark mode on Linux/FreeBSD
  • Improved handling of maximized window state on Linux/FreeBSD and macOS
  • Removed non-working option to not lock CD trays while ripping
  • Stop ripping before trying to eject a disc
  • Write audio data CRC to log files when ripping
  • Write MD5 checksums to log files when verifying files
  • Write log entries when replacing existing files

How to Install fre:ac in Ubuntu:

fre:ac is available in Snap, Flatpak, and Appimage package formats.

Snap package:

The software is available as snap package, which runs in sandbox. Simply search for and install it from Ubuntu Software.

You can alternatively install the snap by running command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

snap install freac

Flatpak package:

fre:ac is also available as flatpak package, runs in sandbox, in flathub repository.

You can run following commands one by one to setup flatpak and install fre:ac in Ubuntu:

sudo apt install flatpak

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

flatpak install flathub org.freac.freac

Appimage package:

There’s also single executable Appimage package available for download.

Grab “freac-x.x.x-linux-x86_64.AppImage” for 64-bit system, or “freac-x.x.x-linux-i686.AppImage” for 32-bit.

Make executable in file Properties > Permissions, then right-click and select “Run” to open the software.

fre:ac audio converter

Fre:ac audio converter 1.1 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

Fre:ac 1.1 is a new major release with tons of new features. Highlights include:

  • Official Linux, Mac OS, and 64-bit Windows binaries.
  • Support for dark mode on Windows and macOS
  • A reworked conversion engine with support for multi-threading and parallel processing
  • An integrated tag editor with support for cover images
  • An extension for simultaneous output to multiple formats
  • Support for new codecs including Opus, Apple Lossless, Monkey’s Audio, WavPack and others
  • Support for DSP filters and lossless file verification
  • Support for multi-channel audio
  • Support for managing multiple configurations
  • Support for writing log files

How to Install Fre:ac 1.1 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply search for and install freac snap package (runs in sandbox) via Ubuntu Software:

For Ubuntu 16.04, the official .AppImage is available to download in github releases page:

fre:ac releases

Grab the .appimage, i686 for 32-bit os and x86_64 for 64-bit os, then make it executable via file Properties -> Permissions -> ‘Allow executing file as program’, and finally run it to launch the audio converter.

fre:ac audio converter

This quick tutorial is going to show you how to install the free ‘fre:ac’ audio converter in Ubuntu and manually create app shortcut to be able to launch it from Unity Dash, Gnome app launcher, or other app launcher.

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper works on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and FreeBSD. It offers Linux packages but lacks application shortcut.

Download fre:ac:

First download the latest version of the audio converter from the link below:

Download fre:ac for Linux

Select download:

  • freac-yymmdd-linux.tar.gz package for 32-bit system.
  • freac-yymmdd-linux-x64.tar.gz package for 64-bit system.

Then extract it. In the case below, I downloaded the 64-bit tarball:

You can now launch the audio converter by run the executable file from its context menu:

Create app shortcut for fre:ac audio converter:

To be able to launch the software from Unity Dash, Gnome app launcher, or other app launcher, you have to manually create an app shortcut for fre:ac.

To do so, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, and do following steps:

1. Move the source folder to /opt/ directory for global use by running command:

sudo mv ~/Downloads/freac-*-linux /opt/freac-linux

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.

Then change the ownship via command:

sudo chown -R root:root /opt/freac-linux

2. Create a symbolic link to the executable file, so you can easily run command freac to launch the software:

sudo ln -s /opt/freac-linux/freac /usr/bin/freac

3. Finally run command to create and edit a .desktop file for the audio converter:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/freac.desktop

And paste below lines into the file and save it.

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=freac audio converter
Comment=fre:ac free audio converter
Exec=env LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/opt/freac-linux/ freac %f

It’s important to add variable env LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/opt/freac-linux/ to the value of Exec, or it won’t launch the software and output error:

freac: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

4. Finally launch fre:ac audio converter from app launcher (might need log out and back in) and enjoy!

How to Remove:

To remove fre:ac audio converter, simply remove the source folder, symbolic link, and app shortcut by running following command:

sudo rm -rf /opt/freac-linux /usr/bin/freac /usr/share/applications/freac.desktop