Powerful Audio Converter & Splitter for Ubuntu Linux – Xcfa

When it comes converting, editing or recording audios in Ubuntu one should at least have used tools such as Audacity (a cross-platform tool). But Audacity is actually an audio editor rather than a converter, so as a Ubuntu user if you usually have to convert audio files into other formats and looking for a powerful solution, then Xcfa might fill your needs.

It’s basically a GTK+ front-end that relies on various command-line tools and has all the features that you could ask but the in my personal experience the UI is not that user friendly though.

Make no mistakes, from changing all sorts of codec related settings to editing audio tags etc it’s no second to any other but the UI feels a bit confusing at first. But then again that could be because we’re (or at lest me) used to the same old UI designs in these sort of application again and again.

Anyhow, let’s have a look at some of the features…

*. Supports both converting and splitting audio files.

*. It even lets you extract audio files out of DVDs! (plus add individual files and audio CDs).


*. Supported codecs include: MP3, OGG Vorbis, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WavePack, Musepack and more.

*. Auto gain audio volume levels.

*. Edit audio tag information (album, year, artist etc) or automatic import from the source file.


*. Automatic online audio album related data fetching.

*. Change individual audio codec related settings such as: Bitrate, volume gain, Stereo/Mono and few other compression related settings (settings may vary on the actual codec).


*. CD cover-art creator (add text, resize images etc).


*. You can even create a single “massive” lossless audio file out a DVD or CDs (with “.cue” of course).

You can install Xcfa audio encoder in Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install xcfa

Although I said above that the UI is a bit “weird”, but then again I think if you’re like into the whole audio batch conversion thing a lot then the UI design actually does make it easy.


That’s it.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

3 thoughts on “Powerful Audio Converter & Splitter for Ubuntu Linux – Xcfa”

  1. Hi Gayan/HecticGeek

    Thanks for the xcfa tip althoughh I'm not a regular Ubuntu user.

    Just to point out that you might want to correct all the "xfca" references here to "xcfa" 😉

    It confused me a little when I tried to install the package & found out it was non-existent!

    …and a happy new year to you!



    • Hey thanks mate (supposing that you're a dude :D). What an embarrassing little mistake, errrrr (well, at least I've chosen the correct name for the web site 😉 ).

      Happy New Year to you too!! :).


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