A Better CD Encoder
Abcde is a frontend command-line utility (actually, a shell script)
that grabs tracks off a CD, encodes them to ogg or mp3 format, and tags
them, all in one go.
Please note that I no longer maintain abcde. These pages are no longer
updated. Please download recent versions of abcde here or read about recent
- CDDA using
- Ogg Vorbis using
oggenc or vorbize
- MP3 using lame,
mp3enc, xingmp3enc, or
- CDDB using cd-discid,
- Ogg commenting using
- Tagging using id3 and
- m3u playlists
- Distributed remote MP3 encoding using
- Simultaneous reading and encoding
- SMP systems
- Resuming interrupted sessions
- Error logging of background processes
- Various Artists discs of all types
- Custom filename output and munging
- Passing arbitrary options to subprocesses
- Ejecting CD's after reading
- Encoder nicing
- Grabbing arbitrary ranges of tracks
Debian potato and woody users can just type "apt-get install abcde"
as root to install abcde.
Debian 2.x users should add the following line to their
/etc/apt/sources.list file first:
deb http://lly.org/~rcw/ abcde/slink/
These packages were compiled in a hamm chroot environment and run on hamm,
slink, and potato. id3lib and id3v2 packages will be added later.
Abcde was formerly known as cdgrab (until I found out that name was taken).
You can find versions prior to 0.8.4
here and here.
This is the abcde 1.9.x development tree, which became 2.0 on August 15th,
2001. Coming soon - the abcde 2.1 development tree. The development
changelog is available at: http://lly.org/~rcw/abcde/misc/devel-changelog.
abcde 2.0 started
from /tmp with Sevendust - Home in /dev/cdrom.
"I totally *love* abcde" -- Lars Wirzenius
"abcde taught me how the English alphabet" -- Sean Perry
"I heartily recommend abcde" -- Bill Jonas
"appears to automate things quite nicely" -- Jeff Abrahamson
"I highly recommend abcde" -- David Maze
"one-stop mp3 cd ripper" -- Matthew Arnison
"abcde is a fantastic front-end" -- James Wilkinson
"provides a convenient interface" -- Matt Campbell
"I use abcde... great program" -- Antoine Reid
"Check out abcde" -- John Gaughan
"Más que una receta es una recomendación" -- La Espiral
"a wonderful package... really nice" -- Ben Gertzfield
"really simple and unobtrusive to use" -- Ulrich Hertlein
"The [NetBSD] Package of the Month award goes to abcde" -- Alistair Crooks
"Niiiice. There goes my last excuse not to rip my paltry CD
collection..." -- Brennen Bearnes
Abcde is written and supported by Robert Woodcock <firstname.lastname@example.org> with a lot of help from everyone else.