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 These pages are no longer updated.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 updates here.

Abcde supports:

Download abcde:

Debian packages:

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.



Older versions:

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.

Development versions:

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.

Manual pages:

Other documentation:

Next best thing to a screenshot:

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 <rcw@debian.org> with a lot of help from everyone else.