Winamp 5.6x Full : Component List
Detailed list of all modular features which can be deselected prior to installation:
Note, the following section is akin to Screen 4 ("Choose Components" page) of the installer.
Full details of Screens 1 to 9 can be found below
Adds a notification area/system tray icon for quick access to Winamp's menu & features.
1. MP3 (required) *
Filenames: in_mp3.dll | aacdec.w5s
Adds support for MPEG-1 & MPEG-2 Audio playback (MP3, MP2, MP1, AAC)
2. Windows Media Audio (WMA) *
Adds support for WMA playback, including DRM support
3. MIDI *
Filenames: in_midi.dll | read_file.dll
Adds support for playback of many MIDI formats.
4. MOD/XM/SM/IT *
Filenames: in_mod.dll | read_file.dll
Adds support for playback of tracker module file formats.
5. OGG Vorbis Playback *
Adds support for playback of .ogg audio
6. MP4 Audio Support *
Filenames: libmp4v2.dll | in_mp4.dll (Winamp\Plugins) | aacdec.w5s (Winamp\System)
Adds support for playback of MPEG-4 Audio (M4A/MP4).
7. FLAC Support *
Filenames: libflac.dll | in_flac.dll
Adds support for FLAC playback.
8. CD Playback and Extraction *
Adds support for Audio CD playback with Digital Audio Extraction
(Note: Also required for Ripping & Burning support).
9. WAV/VOC/AU/AIFF *
Filenames: in_wave.dll | libsndfile.dll
Adds support for playback of waveform formats.
1. Windows Media Video (WMV, ASF)
Adds support for WMV/ASF playback
2. Nullsoft Video (NSV)
Filenames: in_nsv.dll | nsvdec_vp3.dll | nsvdec_vp5.dll (Winamp\Plugins) | vp6.w5s (Winamp\System)
Adds support for playback of Nullsoft Streaming Video (.nsv) & Audio (.nsa)
3. DirectShow Formats (MPG, M2V)
Adds playback support for MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video, plus any audio/video formats which use system DirectShow filters (extra file extensions such as OGV OGM AC3 DAT MOV RMVB etc can be added manually, even MKV MP4 WAV if you wish, but require the corresponding DS Splitter/Filter to be already installed on your system).
4. AVI Video
Filenames: in_avi.dll | h264.w5s | vp6.w5s | mp4v.w5s | aacdec.w5s | adpcm.w5s | pcm.w5s
Adds playback support for AVI video (MPEG-4 AVC codecs = Winamp Pro only).
5. Flash Video (FLV)
Adds playback support for VP6, H.263 and H.264 Flash Video.
6. Matroska (MKV, MKA, WEBM)
Filenames: in_mkv.dll | h264.w5s | vp8.w5s | aacdec.w5s | theora.w5s
Adds playback support for Matroska video (MPEG-4 video = Winamp Pro only).
7. MPEG-4 Video
Filenames: libmp4v2.dll | in_mp4.dll | aacdec.w5s | h264.w5s | mp4v.w5s | pcm.w5s
Adds support for playback of MPEG-4 video (MP4/M4V). Winamp Pro only.
8. Flash Media Protocol (SWF, RTMP)
Filenames: in_swf.dll | winampFLV.swf
Adds playback support for Adobe Shockwave Flash (SWF) and Adobe Streaming Media Protocol (RTMP). Note: Requires Adobe Flash Player to be pre-installed on system.
1. WMA Encoding
Adds support for encoding to WMA with the CD Ripper and Transcoder
2. WAV Encoding
Adds support for encoding to WAV with the CD Ripper and Transcoder
3. MP3 Encoding
Filenames: enc_lame.dll | lame_enc.dll (LAME Encoder)
Adds support for encoding to MP3 with the CD Ripper and Transcoder
(Note: Only available in Winamp Pro, otherwise locked).
4. AAC Encoding
Fraunhofer AAC Encoder.
Adds support for encoding to M4A & AAC/AAC+ with Winamp's CD Ripper and Transcoder.
5. FLAC Encoding
Adds support for encoding to FLAC with the CD Ripper and Transcoder
1. DirectSound Output Support *
Default playback Output plugin on Win2k/XP systems (do NOT uncheck).
Also provides support for:
, gapless playback
and built-in crossfader
Further configuration/troubleshooting info here
2. Old-school WAV/MME Writer *
Old DiskWriter plugin for converting files from one format to another (default is PCM WAV, but supports all system ACM codecs). Deprecated, but some users still prefer to use it instead of the Encoder plugins. Can be useful for doing things the Transcoder can't, eg. MIDI to WAV.
3. WaveOut Output *
Old WaveOut Output. No longer required or recommended, but kept in for old time's sake.
Sonic Ripping/Burning Support
(bundled 3rd-party engine)
Filenames: pxsdkpls.dll (5.61+) | primosdk.dll (5.22-5.601) | pxsdkpls.dll (pre-5.22) | burnlib.dll (Winamp dir) | primo.w5s (Winamp\System) | px.dll | pxdrv.dll | pxmas.dll | pxwave.dll | pxwma.dll | pxcpya64.exe | pxcpyi64.exe | pxhpinst.exe | pxinsa64.exe | pxinsi64.exe | vxblock.dll (%system% dir) | pxhelp20.sys | cdralw2k.sys | cdr4_2k.sys (Win2k) | cdr4_xp.sys (WinXP) | pxhelper.vxd (Win98SE/ME, pre 5.5 only) | pxhelper.sys (WinNT4) (Win2k/XP = %system%\drivers dir | Win7/Vista = %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\PX Storage Engine).
Adds support for Burning Audio CD's
(at 4x speed with Winamp Full, at unlimited speed with Winamp Pro).
Requires a reboot on first install for the Sonic Engine to be properly registered.
Not recommended to install under Win9x (pre-5.5 only).
Note: You can still use the CD Ripper if you uncheck this feature and ASPI is installed (Win9x-only, pre 5.5 only) | Info
| ASPI is not required under Win2k/XP, and if Sonic is not installed, Winamp will attempt to use the native SPTI engine instead (though if ASPI is erroneously present, eg. if it's been installed by some other app such as Nero or Adaptec, then ASPI will take precedence over SPTI).
Signal Processor Studio plugin
Adds options to use various sound effects (eg. mono, chorus, reverb, pitch, etc).
1. Winamp Media Library
Filenames: Plugins\gen_ml.dll | 'plugins\ml' subfolder (library database)
The Media Library window, for:
* Building your music/video file database
* Creating customizable views/smartlists
* Mass editing file tags (eg. id3v1/v2 tags, vorbis comments, etc)
* Viewing cover art for all your albums
* Creating & storing all your Playlists
* Storing/editing bookmarks
* Rating files (1 to 5 stars)
* Accessing the cd rip/burn gui
* SHOUTcast Radio listings
* Podcast subscription/management
* Managing your Portable Media Players (iPod, Zen, etc)
* And much much more (see additional ml plugins listed below)
Note that none of the core/extra ml_*.dll plugins listed below will load unless gen_ml.dll (the actual media library window) is present. If no ml_*.dll plugins are present then the Media Library will be completely empty (ie. there'll be no nodes/views at all in the left pane).
2. Core Media Library Components
Local Media, Playlists, CD Rip & Burn, Bookmarks, History, NowPlaying
Filenames: nde.dll (nullsoft database engine)
Plugins dir: ml_local.dll | ml_playlists.dll | ml_disc.dll | ml_bookmarks.dll | ml_history.dll | ml_nowplaying.dll
Note, ml_local and ml_nowplaying also use/install CDDBControlWinamp.dll in the Plugins\Gracenote folder.
3. Transcoding Tool
Used to convert from one file format to another.
Accessed via Playlist item's or Media Library entry's right-click menu > Send To > Format Converter.
4. Replay Gain Analysis Tool
Filenames: ml_rg.dll | ReplayGainAnalysis.dll (Plugins dir)
Used for volume levelling, to try make all music files play at approximately the same volume. More info here
5. Database Import/Export Tool
Filename: ml_impex.dll (Plugins dir)
For exporting the local media library database to an iTunes compatible .xml file (useful for backing up the database so it can be reimported later). Can also be used to import existing iTunes library database & playlists .xml files directly into Winamp's Media Library.
6. Podcast Directory (pka: Shoutcast Wire)
Allows you to subscribe to, download and manage podcasts.
7. Online Media (aka: Media Library > Online Services)
Replacement in 5.2+ for old Online Media section.
(Shoutcast Radio/TV, Winamp/AOL music & videos, XM/CBS Radio)
8. Portable Media Player Support (ml_pmp.dll / ml_devices.dll / devices.w5s)
i) iPod support (pmp_ipod.dll)
ii) Creative Labs support (Zen Micro, Nomad Jukebox, etc) (pmp_njb.dll)
iii) MS Plays for Sure support (pmp_p4s.dll) (requires WinXP sp1 or higher)
- For all P4S & MTP compatible devices*
iv) USB Device Support, for usb devices which mount as a drive (pmp_usb.dll)
v) Microsoft ActiveSync Device Support, for WindowsMobile Pocket PCs etc (pmp_activesync.dll) (requires MS ActiveSync to be installed)
vi) Android device support (via usb connection) (pmp_android.dll)
vii) Android WiFi support (pmp_wifi.dll)
* Note that some Android devices connect as an MTP device (e.g. those with without an external sd card)
User Interface Extensions
1. Global Hotkey Support *
Adds support for using keyboard hotkeys to control Winamp's basic functions even when Winamp isn't the active app.
Configurable via: Prefs > Global Hotkeys
2. Extended Jump to File Support *
Enhances Winamp's built-in Jump to File window (Playlist > J / F3).
Adds Winamp3-style support for queuing files to be played next, amongst many other awesome features...
3. Nullsoft Tray Control *
Adds an option for showing Play/Stop/Next/Prev icons in systray.
4. Modern Skin Support
Filename: gen_ff.dll | 'plugins\freeform' dir
Skins: Winamp Modern, Bento, Big Bento
Adds support for freeform Modern Skins (wal files)
Without it, you will only be able to use classic 2.x skins (wsz files).
Self-explanatory vis plugins...
1. Nullsoft Tiny Screen *
2. Advanced Visualization Studio
Filename: vis_avs.dll | 'plugins\avs' dir (presets)
3. Milkdrop 2
Filename: vis_milk2.dll | 'plugins\milkdrop2' dir (presets)
4. Line-in Support *
Adds support for linein:// input (via: Add/Open URL Dialog)
mainly for use with Winamp Visualization plugins.
Optional language packs (only appears in the multi-national installers).
* = Included with Winamp Lite
Files installed by default (not optional)
The main Winamp executable
Equalizer presets file.
Modern Skins & Media Library graphics renderer
Winamp history / changelog.
Used in About Box > Version History tab.
6. msvcr71.dll (pre 5.22) | nscrt.dll (5.22 and later) | msvcr90.dll (5.57 and later)
Required core runtime library
A new shared library for common functions, such as 8-bit to 16-bit conversion, float-to-pcm conversion, alpha premultiplying, FFT, infinite impulse response, VU meter calc, and more.
9. nxlite.dll (5.64 and newer)
A new shared cross-platform common library for various core functionality...
Nullsoft MPEG Audio Decoder
Provides playback support for MP3, MP2, MP1, AAC, AACPlus audio.
DirectSound Output for normal playback.
Global library used by most input plugins for internet connectivity / playback of streams
13. aacdec.w5s (5.6x and newer)
Fraunhofer AAC Decoder. Used by in_mp3, in_mp4, in_nsv & in_mkv for playing aac audio content
Provides support for global Advanced Title Formatting
Installed with Modern Skin support & Podcasts support, and is also required by ml_playlists.dll to export/read the list of stored library playlists to/from playlists.xml
16. png.w5s, jpeg.w5s, gif.w5s, bmp.w5s
Installed with Modern Skin & Media Library support, for displaying graphics & album art.
bmp.w5s & jpeg.w5s are also used by in_avi.dll & in_mp4.dll to decode images/slideshows/etc in avi & mp4 videos.
Provides core playlist features and functionality (eg. m3u, pls, etc read & write) for the main playlist editor, ml_playlists, ml_local, ml_pmp and various other plugins
18. xspf.w5s (5.64 and newer)
Provides XSPF playlist support
Stream information reader
Download Manager (for ML > Podcasts and Bento skin > Browser > Media Monitor)
VLB AAC decoder support for in_mp3
Provides album art support
Note that other .w5s files are installed depending on what items are checked on the Choose Components page, eg.
timer.w5s is installed with Modern Skins support
devices.w5s is installed with Portable Player support
primo.w5s is installed with the Sonic Burning Engine
mp4v.w5s & alac.w5s (Apple Lossless Decoder) are installed with MP4 support
vp6.w5s & vp8.w5s are installed with avi, mkv & nsv video support
Config files automatically created after first run
Stores most settings from Winamp Prefs (Ctrl+P)
Stores size/position/config of all modern skins
The contents of the current winamp playlist (only saved on exit).
winamp.m3u8 is the utf-8 version, now used by default for international support.
winamp.m3u is still kept for legacy support (some 3rd-party plugins require it to be present)
Winamp Bookmark List.
Used in Media Library > Bookmarks.
Only created after adding first bookmark.
winamp.bm8 is the utf-8 version, now used by default for international support.
Some 3rd-party plugins store config in here
Media Library config file.
Stores settings and Views list.
(actual database stored in "plugins\ml" dir)
Winamp Installer Details & Guide
Select a language (default is English).
Welcome to the Winamp Installer.
Accept the licence agreement.
Choose Install Location
The default folder is: "C:\Program Files\Winamp"
To change it, either type in the path yourself, or manually create an appropriate folder via Windows Explorer first, and then use the "Browse" button to locate said folder.
Note that on clean installs, all settings are saved to the user's Application Data folder @ %AppData%\Winamp regardless of what destination folder is selected for the program installation.
Installation Type: Full | Standard | Lite | Previous | Custom
Select components/plugins/features to install (see above for details
Choose Start Options
-Create Start menu entry (places Winamp shortcuts in Start > Programs)
-Create Quick Launch Icon (places Winamp shortcut in Quick Launch toolbar)
-Create Desktop icon (places Winamp shortcut on Desktop)
Uncheck what you don't want and click "Next"
It is recommended to keep the following option checkmarked:
"Launch Winamp after the installer closes"
The following Winamp Setup 1-3 Screens only appear if you didn't uncheck the above "Launch Winamp after the installer closes" option.
Winamp Setup 1: Choose Skin
Select one of the two Bento skin options (standard or large).
Choose 'Current' to select whatever skin was active prior to installation (useful on upgrades).
Or select the Winamp Modern skin, or built-in Winamp Classic 2.x base skin, or any other 3rd-party skin (if installed).
Winamp Setup 2: File Associations
1-5 = WinXP and Win7 only (not Win8/10)
1. Audio Files: Select which Audio filetypes you want Winamp to be the default player for.
2. Other Files: Lists any file extensions added by 3rd-party Input plugins.
3. Playlist Files: Select Playlist types you want Winamp to be the default player for.
4. Video Files: Select which Video filetypes you want Winamp to be the default player for.
5. Winamp Specific Files: Makes sure Winamp is the default handler of Skins (WSZ, WAL) and Lang files (WLZ).
6. Launch Winamp for Audio CDs: Makes Winamp the default CD Player
7. Show Winamp in Folder context menus in Windows Explorer: Adds 'Play/Enqueue in Winamp' etc to the menu when you right-click Folders in Windows Explorer.
8. Enable Winamp Agent: Places Winamp Agent icon in systray.
A small "Starting Winamp" dialog appears.
Anchors: list agent library modern user audio sonic video vis extra default config guide
[last updated : 14th Mar 2005] to include Anchors [Nunzio390]
[last updated : 11th Feb 2016] Updated for Winamp 5.666 [DJ Egg]