How to Install fre:ac audio converter in Ubuntu 16.04 / Higher

    fre:ac audio converter

    This quick tutorial is going to show you how to install the free ‘fre:ac’ audio converter in Ubuntu and manually create app shortcut to be able to launch it from Unity Dash, Gnome app launcher, or other app launcher.

    fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper works on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and FreeBSD. It offers Linux packages but lacks application shortcut.

    Download fre:ac:

    First download the latest version of the audio converter from the link below:

    Download fre:ac for Linux

    Select download:

    • freac-yymmdd-linux.tar.gz package for 32-bit system.
    • freac-yymmdd-linux-x64.tar.gz package for 64-bit system.

    Then extract it. In the case below, I downloaded the 64-bit tarball:

    freac linux source

    You can now launch the audio converter by run the executable file from its context menu:

    launch freac

    Create app shortcut for fre:ac audio converter:

    To be able to launch the software from Unity Dash, Gnome app launcher, or other app launcher, you have to manually create an app shortcut for fre:ac.

    To do so, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, and do following steps:

    1. Move the source folder to /opt/ directory for global use by running command:

    sudo mv ~/Downloads/freac-*-linux /opt/freac-linux

    Input your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.

    move freac opt

    Then change the ownship via command:

    sudo chown -R root:root /opt/freac-linux

    2. Create a symbolic link to the executable file, so you can easily run command freac to launch the software:

    sudo ln -s /opt/freac-linux/freac /usr/bin/freac

    freac sym link

    3. Finally run command to create and edit a .desktop file for the audio converter:

    gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/freac.desktop

    And paste below lines into the file and save it.

    [Desktop Entry]
    GenericName=freac audio converter
    Comment=fre:ac free audio converter
    Exec=env LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/opt/freac-linux/ freac %f

    freac desktop file

    It’s important to add variable env LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/opt/freac-linux/ to the value of Exec, or it won’t launch the software and output error:

    freac: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    freac load error

    4. Finally launch fre:ac audio converter from app launcher (might need log out and back in) and enjoy!

    freac app shortcut

    How to Remove:

    To remove fre:ac audio converter, simply remove the source folder, symbolic link, and app shortcut by running following command:

    sudo rm -rf /opt/freac-linux /usr/bin/freac /usr/share/applications/freac.desktop