Introduction to FLAC

FLAC is an audio CODEC similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed without losing any information.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): https://downloads.xiph.org/releases/flac/flac-1.4.3.tar.xz

  • Download MD5 sum: 7cab20b46e0bc859234bf5ba7da81625

  • Download size: 1.0 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 22 MB (additional 163 MB to run the test suite)

  • Estimated build time: 0.2 SBU (additional 0.6 SBU to run the test suite)

FLAC Dependencies


libogg-1.3.5, DocBook-utils-0.6.14, Doxygen-1.10.0, and Valgrind-3.22.0

Installation of FLAC

Install FLAC by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr                                \
            --disable-thorough-tests                     \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/flac-1.4.3          &&

To test the results, issue: make check. Note that if you passed the --enable-exhaustive-tests and --enable-valgrind-testing parameters to configure and then run the test suite, it will take a very long time (up to 300 SBUs) and use about 375 MB of disk space.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-thorough-tests: This parameter is used so that the test suite will complete in a reasonable amount of time. Remove it if you desire more extensive tests.


Installed Programs: flac and metaflac
Installed Libraries: libFLAC.so and libFLAC++.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/FLAC, /usr/include/FLAC++ and /usr/share/doc/flac-1.4.3

Short Descriptions


is a command-line utility for encoding, decoding and converting FLAC files


is a program for listing, adding, removing, or editing metadata in one or more FLAC files


these libraries provide native FLAC and Ogg FLAC C/C++ APIs for programs utilizing FLAC