icedax [options] [output.wav]

Retrieve audio tracks in CDDA (Compact Disc Digital Audio) format and convert to WAV format. icedax stands for InCrEdible Digital Audio eXtractor. The manpage has full details as well as hints on the options and on usage.


Some of the following options use sectors as a unit of measurement. Each sector of data on a CD represents approximately 1/75 second of play time.

-a n, --divider n

Set the sample rate to a value equal to 44100/n samples per second. The -R option, used by itself, lists the possible values.

-A drivename, --auxdevice drivename

Specify a different drive for ioctl purposes.

-b n, --bits-per-sample n

Set the quality of samples to n bits per sample per channel. Possible values are 8, 12, and 16.

-B, --bulk, --alltracks

Copy each track into its own file. This is the most commonly used flag.

-c channel, --channels channel

Set stereo instructions. Set channel to 1 for mono; 2 for stereo; or s for stereo, but swapped left-to-right. You can also use -s (--stereo) to record in stereo and -m (--mono) to record in mono.

-C byteorder, --cdrom-endianness byteorder

Set the byte order, or “endianness” of the input data. You may set the order to little, big, or guess. This is useful when your CD-ROM drive uses an unexpected or unusual byte order for your platform.


Set the name of the CD lookup server used. The default server is


Select the port on which to access the CD lookup ...

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