How to Rip CD musics with VLC media player (Single and Batch)

Last updated October 30, 2019,by Leo Standy


VLC media player is an open-source, cross-platform, and free multimedia player, you can play almost all types of multimedia files with it including DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and many other video formats. VLC is available on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Ubuntu, Chrome OS, and even Debian GNU/Linux.

Rip CD with VLC media player

Besides playing multimedia, we can also apply VLC to rip audio CDs songs to MP3 or WAV. In this article, I will show detailed steps to rip CD with VLC to digital audio formats, so that you can enjoy your favorite CDs on your computer or phone.

Step 1 First, you have a have your CD put into your PC disc drive. While your PC is detecting the CD, you can create a new folder on the desktop named whatever you like.

Step 2 Open This PC and you will see the CD is listed under your drives. Right-click the CD and select Play with VLC media player. Then on the interface of VLC media player, the first thing you should do is go to Media option on the left of the top menu bar. Then, go to Convert/Save. On the pop-up Open Media window, select Disc tab under which you will check Audio CD and set up the Starting Position by entering a number. Click Convert/Save.

Step 3 In Convert window, you can set the output file formats with other parameters like codec, bitrate, channels, and sample rate. You can set to rip CD to MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC and more. The settings are totally up to you, so I won’t give any suggestions here, you can just set it up according to your needs.

Step 4 Then specify the destination folder, I will set the location as the folder I created on my desktop. Click Start. You will see the play bar move which means VLC is ripping your CDs to your PC. You will have the selected one track ripped to the folder you set, in other words, if you want to rip all tracks from the CD, you have to do it one by one.

How to Batch Rip a CD with VLC

To rip CD tracks one by one is exhausting, so, I am showing you how to rip CD in batch, so that, you can save time from repeat the operation mentioned above again and again.

In the method, we will create a bat file to run the ripping automatically. Here is the steps:

Step 1 Create a new txt file on your PC (Windows only).

Step 2 Follow the annotations to edit the codes as below and Copy codes into the txt file and save the file as .bat file.

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Step 3 Run the .bat file on your computer (If you are on Windows 10, you have to run it as Admin). You will have the CD ripped in at a super-fast speed.

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