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AdPlug is a free, cross-platform, hardware independent AdLib sound player library

AdPlug is a free, cross-platform, hardware independent AdLib sound player library, mainly written in C++ and released under the LGPL.

AdPlug plays sound data, originally created for the AdLib (OPL2) and Sound Blaster (Dual OPL2/OPL3) audio boards, directly from its original format on top of an emulator or by using the real hardware. No OPL chip is required for playback.

AdPlug itself is just the backend to many different audio player frontends, which are also being developed here. There are plugins for popular audio players, like Winamp and XMMS, as well as stand-alone players for many different systems available.

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Supported formats:

AdPlug implements unique file replayers for each supported audio format in order to achieve the best possible replay quality. Players marked as "preliminary" aren't considered final by the author and may contain many replay issues, but are included for testing purposes anyway. As of now, the following formats are supported:

  • A2M: AdLib Tracker 2 by subz3ro
  • ADL: Westwood ADL File Format
  • AMD: AMUSIC Adlib Tracker by Elyssis
  • BAM: Bob's Adlib Music Format
  • CFF: BoomTracker 4.0 by CUD
  • CMF: Creative Music File Format by Creative Technology
  • D00: EdLib by Vibrants
  • DFM: Digital-FM by R.Verhaag
  • DMO: Twin TrackPlayer by TwinTeam
  • DRO: DOSBox Raw OPL Format
  • DTM: DeFy Adlib Tracker by DeFy
  • HSC: HSC Adlib Composer by Hannes Seifert, HSC-Tracker by Electronic Rats
  • HSP: HSC Packed by Number Six / Aegis Corp.
  • IMF: Apogee IMF File Format
  • KSM: Ken Silverman's Music Format
  • LAA: LucasArts AdLib Audio File Format by LucasArts
  • LDS: LOUDNESS Sound System
  • M: Origin AdLib Music Format
  • MAD: Mlat Adlib Tracker
  • MID: MIDI Audio File Format
  • MKJ: MKJamz by M \ K Productions (preliminary)
  • MSC: AdLib MSCplay
  • MTK: MPU-401 Trakker by SuBZeR0
  • RAD: Reality ADlib Tracker by Reality
  • RAW: RdosPlay RAW file format by RDOS
  • RIX: Softstar RIX OPL Music Format
  • ROL: AdLib Visual Composer by AdLib Inc.
  • S3M: Screamtracker 3 by Future Crew
  • SA2: Surprise! Adlib Tracker 2 by Surprise! Productions
  • SAT: Surprise! Adlib Tracker by Surprise! Productions
  • SCI: Sierra's AdLib Audio File Format
  • SNG: Faust Music Creator by FAUST
  • SNG: Adlib Tracker 1.0 by TJ
  • XAD: eXotic ADlib Format by Riven the Mage
  • XMS: XMS-Tracker by MaDoKaN/E.S.G
  • XSM: eXtra Simple Music by Davey W Taylor


Following are some extra packages, you may find useful when using AdPlug.

Using the Forte Media Fm801 FM Synth with AdPlug on Windows XP Darron Broad wrote a nice tutorial on how to get AdPlug to produce sound on soundcards with a Forte Media Fm801 FM chip on Windows XP, along with a really neat mixer application that is needed in order to achieve this.
SB FM Switch A workaround for Sound Blaster users, who can't get the real OPL2 output with the AdPlug Winamp input plugin to work. This is a known problem with the Creative FM driver. This workaround is provided by Zbigniew Luszpinski.
Example Tunes Some packaged example tunes by various composers to demonstrate AdPlug's capabilities. The copyright of the included modules relies to their corresponding authors.

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Download instructions:

ATTENTION: Important update to the Winamp input plugin release system!

All changes to these instructions are designated in a red font (like this paragraph). Be sure to read them!

On the download page, first locate your desired AdPlug module, then select the version, you like to download.

There may be multiple files released with your selected version. This is either just the same release packaged in different archive formats, the respective binary or source package or a specially packaged version of the binary or source package, for that particular architecture only! You can spot the right archive for you either by examining the filename or by looking at the following table, which gives an overview of the available modules and file releases.

AdPlug core library

AdPlug library source distribution for all architectures:

You need this only if you like to write your own AdPlug frontend or want/have to recompile any of the available frontends.

The following file packages are available:

  • adplug-*.tar.bz2 - bzip2 compressed source
  • adplug-*.tar.gz - gzip compressed source
  • adplg*s.zip - Stripped-down source version for DOS users only (PKZIP compressed)
  • adplug*.zip - Precompiled binary (unoptimized) for DOS users (PKZIP compressed)

AdPlay/DOS for MS-DOS:

AdPlay/DOS is AdPlug's MS-DOS based frontend. Sporting an exclusively programmed, highly configurable textmode interface, it provides a convenient playback experience.

The following file packages are available:

  • adplay*.zip - PKZIP compressed binary (i386 protected mode)
  • adply*s.zip - PKZIP compressed source
  • timer*.zip - Watcom C/C++ 11.x Timer Library (needed by adply*s.zip)
  • window*.zip - Watcom C/C++ 11.x Textmode Window Classes (needed by adply*s.zip)

AdPlay/UNIX for UNIX compatible architectures:

AdPlay/UNIX is a classic UNIX console frontend with all the usual bells and whistles. It is proven to work well on many different kinds of UNIX flavours.

The following file packages are available:

  • adplay-*.tar.bz2 - bzip2 compressed source
  • adplay-*.tar.gz - gzip compressed source

AdPlug Winamp input plugin:

The AdPlug Winamp plugin was the first available frontend for AdPlug and right now, it is the most advanced frontend of them all. If you need more information about Winamp, please go to www.winamp.com.

Since version 1.6 of the plugin, no binary versions are distributed through SourceForge's File Release System! This is because binary versions are now compiled including the latest OPL2 emulator from the MAME distribution for the best emulation quality. These later versions bear a non OSI compliant license and thus cannot be distributed through SourceForge.

Another website has been created however, where these binary versions can be downloaded, until the license issues have been resolved. If you want the binary versions, please go to:


The following file packages are available:

  • in_adlib-*.zip - PKZIP compressed binary
  • in_adlib-*.exe - Win32 self-installing binary
  • in_adlib-*_source.zip - PKZIP compressed source
  • in_adlib-*.tar.gz - gzip compressed source

AdPlug XMMS input plugin:

AdPlug/XMMS is an XMMS input plugin. It supports playback of all formats using AdPlug's OPL2 emulator only. If you need more information about XMMS, please go to www.xmms.org.

The following file packages are available:

  • adplug-xmms-*.tar.bz2 - bzip2 compressed source
  • adplug-xmms-*.tar.gz - gzip compressed source

Official AdPlug Database:

The official AdPlug database is the authoritative source for AdPlug to get additional, essential replay information about problematic files. Some file formats contain too few information about a song for it to be correctly replayed by AdPlug. To counter this, the AdPlug database was created.

The official AdPlug database at one day should contain the information needed about all problematic files. If you got a problematic file that's not covered in this database, please file a bug report against the database and include either the problematic file itself or the corresponding database entry.

The following file packages are available:

  • adplug.db - uncompressed database file
  • adplugdb-*.tar.gz - gzip compressed database package

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