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Foobar2000 Appearance Customization Skins Themes Configs

Disclaimer: Since there is already a (very helpful) wiki about setting up Foobar "Foobar2000 A Guide To Set Up" This is intented to be a guide to tweak appearance only.


Planned to cover the Default User Interface and Columns User interface with the most popular configurations out there.



1. Introduction

Foobar2000, One of the most versatile music players for windows, Highly regarded for its excel sound quality and its customizable user interface. You can download it here and it is free.

...... writers block.....




2. Default User Interface (DUI)


The default configuration is based on the most simple interface in foobar, Deafult User Interface, DUI from now on.


2.1 You can access the quick setup in the main menu View > layout > quick setup  Here you have a few sets of pre-designed layouts.





2.2 To tweak the DUI more you can access File > Preferences  and the preferences windows pop ups. There you can select Display > Default User Interface to find more options.





[Quick Set up] Opens the same set up as in section 2.1.

[Import Theme] This can be used to load an already saved DUI configuration.

[Export Theme] Use it to save your configuration.


The options next to the Import/Export buttons are:

"Always show notification Icon" When this option is check the foobar Icon appears in the windows tray area

"Minimize to notification area" when check, foobar will minimize to the tray area instead of the taskbar

"Show balloon tooltip on song change"  A "Now Playing" balloon will pop up every time the playbacks gets Pause/Stopped or the track change.

"Use a custom icon file" Simple to select which icon to display in the windows tray area


Below, in the Playback State Display Formatting section you can make changes that will affect the header (Window Tittle) and footer (Status Bar) of the main foobar window


To get information from the metadata of the file you must use the following Syntax Format




The string or text in the "Notification Area icon Tooltip" box will be reflected in a bubble that will show up every time playback gets paused/stopped/forward/rewind or change track. or only by moving the cursor over the foobar icon in the windows tray area. 


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I input the "fffffff" there just to remark it. 




2.2a By opening the Colors and Fonts sub menu you get this:





It is very easy to understand, and with every change either in color or font you can press "Apply" that way you can actually see the changes in the foobar main window, almost real time.


2.2b By opening the Playlist View sub menu you get this:





In the first Section you can change add customized columns to show information you would like to have at hand. In this next image I set up to show a few new columns and the custom one for "Size"





Also notice the second section of this tab allow us to add customized groups or headers for albums/artists. The ones you create in the Playlist View tab will be available by doing right click over the columns in the main playlist, I named this one "Group cutoms"




The Syntax Format becomes very useful here.



2.3  Layout Editing Mode


In the main menu View > layout > Enable Layout Editing Mode this makes the main window a sandbox for you to add/remove/resize/change elements in the DUI.




The DUI elements windows allows you to chose the replacing element




 Any third party element you have on foobar will appear in this list, as long as it's supported by the DUI.


This is how a fully customized DUI could look





3. Columns User Interface (CUI)


Columns UI can be found here, as every other component, put it into the "foobar/components" folder. then proceed to restart foobar if it was open.


To select Columns UI go to "File > Preferences > Display" and chose columns in the dropdown menu, as show here:




Once in there you can select pre-made "quick setup" "File > Preferences > Display > Columns UI > Quick Set up"





3.1 Basic CUI settings. (will write later)







Now to the custom CUI


3.2 FooSune. 

Author:  Sune

Link: http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=65251

link 2: http://sune80.deviantart.com/art/FooSune-v-1-94593123



Download the .rar file from the author's post.

Extract and inside you will find 2 items, !images" folder and "FooSune v.1.2.fcl" drop the first in the Foobar directory. you could drop the other one there too, or, to be more organized, in a folder named "Columns UI" or any other name.

You must download all components needed, there is a list with links in the author's post, which I'm quoting here:




Quote: Sune
-Columns UI 0.3 beta 2 (foo_ui_columns) link
-Panel Stack Splitter 0.3.4 alpha (foo_uie_panel_splitter) link
-ElPlaylist beta (foo_uie_elplaylist) link
-Music Browser 1.2.2c (foo_browser) link +
-Album List Panel 0.2.3 beta link
-Track Info 0.8 (foo_uie_trackinfo) link* +
-Track Info Mod 0.8.0 beta (foo_uie_trackinfo_mod) link
-Quicksearch Toolbar 2.8l (foo_uie_quicksearch) link
-Startup Actions 0.0.2 (foo_cwbowron) link
-WSH Panel 0.7.2 (foo_uie_wsh_panel) link 
-Peakmeter Spectrum Visualization beta (foo_uie_vis_peakmeter_spectrum) link
-Lyrics Show Panel (foo_uie_lyrics) link (there is a modified version with more features (link). You can use it as well, I just like the original better)
-Playlists dropdown v0.6 alpha 4 (foo_uie_playlists_dropdown) (link) This is needed for loading the theme, but if you are not going to use it, you can just remove it from the component folders afterwards.

*links redirected by me.


put all components (the .dll files) in the "Foobar/components" folder


a fully working Foosune would look like this:














-= Work In Progress By JamesMcProgger =-

Comments (17)

This is coooool, I'll try messing around with it when I'm more awake. . .
Thanks, this was really useful, I never bothered to modify the interface, your displays inspired me to play with it a little bit.
thank you guys, I am yet to add the columns configs, more complex but most come pre made, just to unpack and maybe tweak a little. plus they look awesome.
i love foobar2k. I stick with a super simplistic layout because i'm working with a 13.3" screen. Can't wait to play around with it more on a larger screen when I build my desktop.
I am new to foobar..can you export and share your themes?
Not for the DUI ones, im using the most simple now and all those changes are easy to make, however i do plan to put up links to packages and components for the upcoming "Column User Interface" section
Awesome stuff man, thanks.
I listen to classical music, have been using dbpoweramp to rip my cds to my laptop. With pop music, the artist is 1st mentioned, then album title, and then name of song. The thing is, with classical (symphonic) music, the artist is further down the line in importance, the composer being the info wanted up front and the piece is not usually called a song. I have trouble understanding how dbpoweramp allows me the way it's formatted, to reorder the album info and as a result, it all gets screwed up by the time I have the music on my Cowon J3. My question is: does Foobar make this operation simpler to understand?
If Foobar is not meant for classical format, does anyone know of software that is? If it's not free, I would find it worth paying for even b/c this problem has been frustrating me for some time and I'd really appreciate it if someone could come to my rescue!
Thanks for the congrats, but what are the congrats for?
Thanks for getting back to me. By the time I get the classical piece on my Cowon J3 (and soon, the Hifiman HM-601, btw, I don't expect the situation to get any better with that UI, from what I've heard on Head-fi) the artist is often, though not always listed 1st, after the track number. So I gather with your experience with this kind of software, you'd still recommend Foobar over any other? I've tried MediaMonkey and find that it is quite a bit buggy. I was thinking of plumping down the $20 for the Gold but I don't have any faith that it would be any better. Does anyone recommend the Gold?
If I come up with some software that solves the Classical dilemma, I'll certainly get back to you on that.
well, MP3tag is only a tagger not a player, as for players, Ive try a few and foobar is really the most versatile, you can do pretty much anything in it. even alarm clock for example, not that you need that in this case of course.
Thanks for your comments, James. Okay, If I could do just about anything with Foobar, How would I set it up to get the composer mentioned first, then the composition (not song), then maybe artist, conductor, orchestra, alarm clock (giggle) etc. as any self-respecting classical person would want?
James, do you ever plan on writing the stuff to be completed later? :P
I totally forgot about this... I wanted to do this but most links and .dll files I used back then are gone and cant seem to find them...
Guess I'm gonna have to add only the more recent ones. or open it so someone else edit them
Thank you man, as if you read my mind!! Strange I wanted to learn about Foobar customization, then voila..
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