MacFLAC 2.1.2
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MacFLAC is a graphical frontend for FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), developed using Applescript Studio. It uses the flac binaries developed by Josh Coalson.
What's New
Version 2.1.2:
  • Added 'test' option
  • Added working progress bars
  • Improved user interface
PPC, Mac OS X 10.1 or later

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ver. 2.x:
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to.jego commented on 08 Feb 2008
worst icon ever...
[Version 2.1.2]


Mosfed reviewed on 19 Aug 2007
I am impressed - excellent program with wonderful flexibility and results.

As impressed with decode as with encode - although I have used decode more. Very impressed with how little is lost in encoding it. Better by a long shot than Apple Lossless but thats MY humble opinion.

I do get some of the errors re: Binaries and the like when I install on a new machine, but it never seems to stop the program from running flawlesssly.

[Version 2.1.2]


oscarhummel commented on 18 Aug 2007
please backup your claims with reasons.

i figger it's a good enough reason that the app just plain doesn't work. use XLD.
[Version 2.1.2]



dmillergbr reviewed on 19 Jun 2007
Had difficulty installing because I was using a download that I had on an external drive with its own system. So I re-downloaded and installed and it worked a treat. This is an excellent program. Thank you
[Version 2.1.2]


Leif Heflin commented on 14 Jan 2007
Great how you included the source. I went and made a universal binary if the dev wants a copy just email me: leifh90 at
[Version 2.1.2]


Anonymous reviewed on 11 Nov 2005
This is the best FLAC decoder I could find. Nice interface, good progress indication, flawless decoding, unbeatable price... five stars all around!
[Version 2.1.2]


Anonymous reviewed on 19 Sep 2005
MacFlak is a strange one, can't seem to install it I mount the image click of the file and it says (flack is going to install the binaries" then says no such file or directory...I havent seemed to have found any installer notes: I recently found that, that file is the install what a headache
[Version 2.1.2]

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chiefbroom replied on 11 Feb 2006
I get the same problem. Start Macflac and
it says it needs to load binaries then I
get the script error ls /usr/local file not found??? What gives. This used to work on my Titanium powerbook with panther, but now I'm on Tiger on a 12"

Anonymous reviewed on 03 Aug 2005
MAcFlac is gone. Where can it be downloaded from now?
[Version 2.1.2]

Barry Welch commented on 18 Apr 2005
Another problem recently encountered with MacFLAC 2,1.2. I just downloaded a Van Morrison show in torrent .flac format. When I try to decode the .flacs I'm left with only ONE .aiff file.
The file nams are
VM Bilbao 01.03.05 CD101.flac
CD102.flac .... etc up to
VM Bilbao 01.03.05 CD110.flac for CD 1 and another 10 files for CD 2 yet they all end up as
VM Bilbao 01.aiff ???
I've tried removing the spaces from the names
and got the same results. What gives Dan?
[Version 2.1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 22 Jul 2005
Try removing all dots except for the last one.
Anonymous commented on 25 Jul 2005
I also downloaded the Van Morrison show and each
time I tried to decode the files I recieved a message
saying that there was no Progress.txt file, and it
gave the path where it should be.
I took the advice of renaming the directory that was created during the initial download eliminating all dashes and dots, only leaving names. That corrected
the problem! Thanks for the advice.
Anonymous commented on 31 Oct 2005
The issue you are having with MANY FILES being converted to ONE files is easY! (but it took me a while to work it out)

MacFLAC cannot handle the "." as a separator. It looks at this as if it is the end of the file.


VM Bilbao 01.03.05 CD101.flac

will become:

VM Bilbao 01.aiff

and all the files that follow will just replace that. You can extract them one at a time, THEN rename them to something like:

VM Bilbao 01-03-05 CD101.aiff

or you can take them over to a PC for this.

You CANNOT rename them before extracting them, because MacFlac won't recognize them then.

Hope it helps-- easy fix-- time consuming & labor intensive, but easy enough!


Anonymous reviewed on 29 Jan 2005
For those having trouble with non-existent directories:

Don't use *any* non-standard characters in directory names/paths. MacFLAC must have a "clear" path to do its stuff correctly. Use only alpha-numeric characters and underscores or hyphens. No asterisks, brackets, slashes, etc.
[Version 2.1.2]

tzar26 had trouble on 15 Aug 2007
I have downloaded this and installed MacFlac twice. It does not work. First, it says "MacFlac needs to install binaries..." then, "Is: /usr/local: No such file or directory (1)"

What gives? There's no preferences on the program (that I can find) that allows me to check anything. Is my machine just faulty or is it the program?

Any suggestions?

[Version 2.1.2]

Curtis-Lemansky had trouble on 09 May 2007
Same issue, when it tries to install the needed flac directories it comes up with a 'not found' error and won't work.
[Version 2.1.2]

Barry Welch had trouble on 23 Mar 2004
I've tried a couple of times now to encode a show
I taped from .aif files to .flacs. Both times
The progress.txt file comes up
sh: line 1: /usr/local/bin/flac: No such file or directory

What gives/ I looked and sure nuf there is no
/usr/local/bin/flac file

[Version 2.1.2]

2 Replies

Anonymous commented on 02 Oct 2005
i'm having the exact same problem and have no clue what's wrong.

not what you were hoping for, but frustration, like misery, loves company. i hope someone sees this and can help us...
chiefbroom replied on 11 Feb 2006
Well here it is February 2006 FIVE months
later and if I want to use MacFlac, the
only way I can do it is pull out my old
Titanium powerbook where I originally
installed Macflac and use it on it.
The Ti has been upgraded to Tiger and
Macflac still works, I guess the flac
binaries were already previously installed
On my new 12" powerbook running 10.4.4
I still get that samed damned pesky script
error. ls /usr/local no such file or
directory... grrrrrr... Using terminal
I cd /usr;ls and sure nuff there is NO local directory... WTF? I can't even create it. :-( Somebody HELP US HERE Please?


Shawnmack rated on 08 Dec 2011

[Version 2.1.2]


Stainer rated on 03 Jan 2011

[Version 2.1.2]

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Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
Date:19 Aug 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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MacFLAC is a graphical frontend for FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), developed using Applescript Studio. It uses the flac binaries developed by Josh Coalson.

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