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Included project file are for Visual Studio 2010, which is what we normally use for foobar2000 development.
The project files are compatible with Visual Studio 2015 (free Community version has all the features you’re going to need); VS2015 will ask you to update compiler and libraries upon first load of foobar2000 SDK projects.
Note that Visual Studio 2013 is not compatible with foobar2000 SDK due to known optimizer bugs. Please get the latest instead, it works correctly as far as we are aware of.

Change log


  • Now Visual Studio 2015 compatible. Fixed FOOGUIDDECL (__declspec(selectany)) abuse which was originally added to deal with MSVC6 bug.
  • PFC updates from foobar2000 mobile. PFC now compatible with WinRT, works in Windows Store / Windows Phone / Windows Universal apps.
  • Added C++11 lamba helpers for use with main_thread_callback and completion_notify.
  • Out-of-the-box working foo_sample.sln


  • Big update, lots of helper classes and structure changes from foobar2000 mobile codebase.
  • New callInMainThreadHelper class for simplified main_thread_callback use. See main_thread_callback.h
  • PFC library is now public domain (unlicense).
  • PFC library works on all major platforms – OSX, iOS, Linux.
  • PFC library now provides OS basic abstraction for common objects such as threads.


  • Corrected CPowerRequest.h not compiling in VS 2010.


  • New metadb API methods introduced in foobar2000 v1.3 – see SDK readme file for details.
  • Published audio output component specification, along with foobar2000 v1.2 extensions for volume control.
  • foobar2000 v1.3 or newer required to run components made with this SDK.


  • Included decode_postprocessor API – for transparent HDCD and DTS decoding.
  • Included project files for Visual Studio 10.
  • foobar2000 v1.1 or newer required to run components made with this SDK.


  • Clarified preferences page API documentation to warn about known source of spooky crashes.
  • Updated preferences page framework in ATLHelpers to workaround the above.


  • Preliminary documentation for upcoming foobar2000 1.1 features.


  • Sample code updates, new UI Element sample.
  • Helper macro bug fix (thanks musicmusic).
  • New measures to make certain types of crashes easier to track.


  • Updated to include foobar2000 v1.0 features – components built with this SDK require foobar2000 v1.0 or newer.
  • Completely new sample component demonstrating various functionality.
  • Included Default User Interface element specifications.
  • Improved compatibility with MSVC10.


  • Fixed invalid data handling bugs in string manipulation helpers.


  • Fixed a major bug in the Decoder Validator component.
  • Updated documentation of various DSP related APIs.


  • Fixed a bug in context menu generation code.


  • Added access to new features introduced in foobar2000 extensions to the autoplaylist APIs, new API to access Media Library Search user interface.
  • Updated documentation – including notes regarding future compatibility and planned changes the library_manager API.
  • Updated Decoder Validator component.


  • Added access to new features introduced in foobar2000 extensions to search_filter and autoplaylist_client APIs, replaygain_scanner API.
  • Updated documentation.


  • Added access to new features introduced in foobar2000 versions 0.9.5, and Version 0.9.5 or newer is now required to load components made with this SDK.
  • Structural changes in included helper libraries, some parts of them now depend on WTL.
  • Updated documentation.
  • Updated Decoder Validator component.


  • Fixed pfc::sort performance problem.


  • Added access to new features introduced in 0.9.4. Version 0.9.4 or newer is required to load components made with this SDK.


  • Resolved incompatibility with _expand() behaviors on Windows Vista. It is recommended to recompile all components built with older versions of the SDK with an updated version to avoid incompatibility with Windows Vista.

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