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5/21/2003 OggCarton goes beta! Version 1.0 beta (Boojum) has been released. Installers for Mac OS X, Windows 2000/XP, and Linux are now available.

OggCarton is a free, open source, home jukebox system that rips, indexes, and manages playlists for Ogg Vorbis music files. Includes a web server for playing files on your home network. Compatible with existing MP3 files.

Beta source code and binary installers are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Please be sure to report any bugs you may encounter. Though the web server includes access control, you may want to run the web server behind a firewall for an additional layer of security against unauthorized users accessing your music files.

OggCarton offers these whizzy features:

  • Runs on Windows 2000/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.
  • Compatible with any MP3 or Ogg Vorbis files you may already have.
  • Ripping to Ogg Vorbis format -- built-in ripper for Mac OS X and Windows, uses the cdparanoia ripper under Linux.
  • Indexing --
    • Automatically creates a keyword-searchable database of your Ogg Vorbis files.
    • Built-in ID tagging through freedb.org.
    • Database can import your existing Ogg Vorbis and MP3 files.
  • Playing -- Uses a standard media player (such as WinAmp, iTunes, or XMMS) to play your Ogg Vorbis and MP3 files.
  • Home networking -- has an integrated web server so you can play your files from another machine on your home network.
  • Requires NO external database software.
  • Requires NO external web server

OggCarton is not designed for illegal distribution of music, nor is it particularly suited for doing so (it is not a "file-sharing" or peer-to-peer program and there is no net-wide file search capability). Ripping your own CDs for your own personal use is legal in the United States (and most other countries). Distributing the files to other people is not. As the good folks at Apple say, "Don't steal music." You don't want the karma, and you especially don't want the RIAA's lawyers knocking at your door.

Download OggCarton and Required Third-party Software

Windows Linux Mac OS X Jaguar

You may also need:
These are included with some distros, so you may not need them (other than possibly the plug-in)

  • OggCarton 1.0 beta installer
  • No third-party software is required for local operation under OS X. We do recommend running the Macintosh Software Update to make sure you have the latest versions of Java,  QuickTime, iTunes, etc.
  • If you wish to make use of the web server function, you'll need to download something like Audion, and set it as the helper application for .m3u files.  iTunes doesn't quite work for streaming Ogg Vorbis files, even though it works fine with playing Ogg Vorbis files on the local drive. We're investigating this issue.

Installation Instructions

Windows 2000 and XP:

Double-click on the OggCartonInstaller-Windows-1.0beta-setup.exe file and follow the prompts. OggCarton will be added to your Start Menu.

Mac OS X:

After un-Stuffing, open the OggCartonInstallerMac folder and double-click on the "Double-click to install OggCarton" icon. OggCarton will be added to your Applications folder, and an alias will be placed on your desktop.


1. Extract the files with:

tar -xzvf OggCartonInstaller-Linux-1.0beta.tar.gz

2. Change into the OggCarton directory produced in the first step.

3. Become root.

4. Execute the command:


If you are running Gnome, OggCarton will be added to your Main Menu under Programs/Multimedia.

To run OggCarton from the Linux command line, simply enter the command:


You can get help, report bugs, or download the full source code on  our main project page.

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