Introduction to FAAD2

FAAD2 is a decoder for a lossy sound compression scheme specified in MPEG-2 Part 7 and MPEG-4 Part 3 standards and known as Advanced Audio Coding (AAC).



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Installation of FAAD2

Install FAAD2 by running the following commands:

./bootstrap                                &&
./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

This package does not come with a test suite. However, basic functionality can be tested by decoding the sample AAC file:

./frontend/faad -o sample.wav ../sample.aac

This should display a copyright message and the following information about the sample file:

sample.aac file info:
ADTS, 4.608 sec, 13 kbps, 16000 Hz

 | Config:  2 Ch       |
 | Ch |    Position    |
 | 00 | Left front     |
 | 01 | Right front    |

Now play the result (requires the aplay program from the alsa-utils-1.2.10 package):

aplay sample.wav

aplay should identify the file as Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 16000 Hz, Stereo, and you should hear some piano notes.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.


Installed Program: faad
Installed Library: libfaad.so and libfaad_drm.so
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


is a command-line utility for decoding AAC and MP4 files


contains functions for decoding AAC streams