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An Open Source digital audio CD extractor

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CDex boasts a user-friendly interface that will have you ripping sound tracks from your CDs in minutes. And because CDex packs ample options to edit the resulting output files, along with a built-in media player and the ability to create music playlists in PLS or M3U format, you’ll soon be able to convert these files to WAV, MP3 or OGG, as well as APE, FAAC, or Windows WMA8 encoder. Additionally, CDex handles both ID3v1 and ID3v2 file tag formats, which allow song data to be added during the ripping process, while supporting the Compact Disc Database (CCDB) format that allows you to grab track details from the Internet. Overall, these features make CDex a great tool to back up your audio CD collection and convert your tracks into digital files that play across most devices!

CDex at a Glance

CDex is a hugely popular ripper and encoder that MP3 software fans love for its ability to accurately apply jitter correction, normalize tracks to level the audio signal, and safeguard volume levels. Tracks can be read and recorded from the CD's .ini file or from the Internet‘s CDDB database. CDex uses the LAME encoder, which works with a variety of encoding tools and formats, allowing you to transcode one compressed file format to another. For example, CDex allows you to convert your MP3s to WAV files and burn CDs with your favorite burning utility. That’s why CDex is a fantastic, must have, Open Source program!

Product Details

Here is a detailed list of some of CDex’s features popular features:

  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Media file player—Supports PLS and M3U playlist files.
  • Support for a variety of formats and encoders—MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG, WAV, MP2, Musepack, Ape, VQF and many others.
  • Support for the following options—Advanced jitter correction, ID3v2+v1 tagging, audio normalization, transcoding of compressed audio files, analog input recording and meta tagging with CDDB, and Musicbrainz.
  • Multi-language support



Rips CDs to standard digital sound files such as WAV, MP3, or Ogg Vorbis. CDex is a bit slow but it gets the job done and it’s free so the trade-off is fair.

Quick Specs

  • Version: 1.77 Portable
  • Date added: March 3, 2015
  • Operating systems: Windows
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CDex is a free Audio CD ripper, extractor, and converter for various formats and encoders such as MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG, WAV, MP2, Musepack, Ape, VQF and many others. It features advanced jitter correction, ID3v2+v1 tagging, audio normalization, transcoding of compressed audio files, analog input recording, and meta tagging with CDDB and Musicbrainz. And CDex has been translated to various languages.

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  • Easy to use interface
  • Media File Player with PLS and M3U file playlist creation
  • Advanced jitter correction
  • Supports the cdparanoia software extraction libraries, many file formats/audio encoders (WAV, MP3, "Ogg" Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, APE, etc.), ID3 V.1 and V.2 tags, normalization of audio files, transcoding of compressed audio files, Cuesheets and Musicbrainz tagging, freeCDDB, recording from the analog input line, and on-the-fly encoding
  • Multi-language support
  • Details: Lame MP3 encoder 3.99.5 - MPEG Audio Layer III (.mp3); FLAC encoder 1.31 - Free Lossless Audio Codec (.flac); Ogg Vorbis encoder - Ogg 1.3.2 and Vorbis 1.3.4 (.ogg .oga); Monkey's Audio encoder - Lossless Audio(.ape); Microsoft WMA encoder - Windows Media Audio (.wma); Internal MP2 encoder - MPEG Audio Layer 2 (.mp2); Yamaha VQF encoder - TwinVQ (.vqf); Astrid / Quartex AAC encoder; Psytel AAC encoder; External Xing encoder; WAV output encoder; FAAC encoder - Freeware Advanced Audio Coder; FAAD2 decoder; Gogo-no-coda encoder; External musepack encoder; NTT VQF encoder; Windows MP3 encoder (Fraunhofer MP3 encoder); Windows WMA8 encoder


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