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Pure rust library for embedding FLAC encoder in your application

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This crate provides some basic modules for building application-customized FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) encoder in your rust programs. The API provided by this crate currently supports the following use cases:

  1. Performing FLAC encoding from custom input sources.
  2. Inspecting the encoded streams, enabling analysis and serialization of encoder results.

Importantly, this encoder is designed for hackability. Its portable and (relatively) clean code make it easy to modify and adapt to your specific use cases.

If you need a stand-alone FLAC encoder, rather than an embeddable library, try our companion CLI tool, flacenc-bin.

For a detailed comparison of this encoder's characteristics against the FLAC reference implementation, please refer to the auto-generated report.


Add the following line to your Cargo.toml:

flacenc = "0.4.0"

This crate is intended to be, and primarily developed with portable_simd, and the default configuration above uses "fake" implementation of portable_simd for making it possible to build within a stable toolchain. If you are okay with using a nightly toolchain, use this crate with the SIMD features as follows:

flacenc = { version = "0.4.0", features = ["simd-nightly"] }


See also the source code of flacenc-bin sub-crate as an example implementation of a FLAC encoder.

The simplest way to implement a FLAC encoder given the recorded samples in &[i32] is as follows:

use flacenc::component::BitRepr;
use flacenc::error::Verify;

let samples: &[i32] = &[0i32; 4096]; // replace this with real samples.

let (channels, bits_per_sample, sample_rate) = (2, 16, 44100);
let config = flacenc::config::Encoder::default().into_verified().expect(
  "Config data error."
let source = flacenc::source::MemSource::from_samples(
    samples, channels, bits_per_sample, sample_rate);
let flac_stream = flacenc::encode_with_fixed_block_size(
    &config, source, config.block_size
).expect("Encode failed.");

// `Stream` imlpements `BitRepr` so you can obtain the encoded stream via
// `ByteSink` struct that implements `BitSink`.
let mut sink = flacenc::bitsink::ByteSink::new();
flac_stream.write(&mut sink);

// Then, e.g. you can write it to a file.
std::fs::write("/dev/null", sink.as_slice());

// or you can write only a specific frame.
let mut sink = flacenc::bitsink::ByteSink::new();
flac_stream.frame(0).unwrap().write(&mut sink);

samples here is an interleaved sequence, e.g. in the case of stereo inputs, it is a sequence like [left[0], right[0], left[1], right[1], ...] where left[t] and right[t] denote the t-th sample from the left and right channels, respectively. All samples are assumed to be in the range of - 2.pow(bits_per_samples - 1) .. 2.pow(bits_per_samples - 1), i.e. if bits_per_samples == 16, samples[t] must be -32768 <= samples[t] <= 32767.

Customizing Encoder Behaviors

NOTE: Currently, flacenc is in its initial development stage (major version zero). Therefore, the API may change frequently. While in major-version-zero phase, we increment the minor version ("Y" of the version "x.Y.z") when there's a breaking API change.

The current API provides several ways to control the encoding process. The possible customization can be categorized into three groups:

  1. Encoder algorithm customization by configuring config::Encoder,
  2. Input enhancement by implementing source::Source trait,
  3. Add custom post-processing via structs in component submodule.

Feature Flags

flacenc has a few Cargo features that changes the internal behaviors and APIs.

  • experimental: Enables experimental coding algorithms that are typically slower. Due to its experimental nature, there's no documentation on how to activate each algorithm. You may need to explore flacenc::config module or source codes for better understanding.
  • log: (This feature is enabled by default) Enables logging so an application program can handle the log by linking a log-handler crate (such as env_logger crate.) Logging is not done in a performance critical part of the code, so the computational cost due to this feature should be negligible.
  • simd-nightly: Activates portable-simd feature of a rust nightly toolchain and use real SIMD processing instead of the fake one currently used by default.
  • mimalloc: Enables mimalloc global allocator. This can lead a performance improvement in par-mode.
  • par: (This feature is enabled by default) Enables multi-thread encoding in encode_with_fixed_block_size function if config argument is properly configured (when par is enabled the default configuration enables multi-thread mode.). If you want to disable multi-thread mode and make the dependency tree smaller, you may do that by default-featuers = false. par adds dependency to crossbeam-channel crate.

In an example encoder flacenc-bin, all the features except for simd-nightly are enabled by default. Further, simd-nightly is used in the benchmarking script.


See CONTRIBUTING.md for details.


Apache 2.0; see LICENSE for details.


This project is not an official Google project. It is not supported by Google and Google specifically disclaims all warranties as to its quality, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.


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