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Columns UI

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Columns UI is released under the Lesser GNU Public Licence (see COPYING and COPYING.LESSER).



Stable and pre-release versions can be downloaded from the Columns UI home page.

Development versions

If you’re logged into GitHub, you can download the latest development version by visiting the list of recent GitHub Actions builds, clicking on the most recent entry with a green tick, and then scrolling down to the links named ‘Component package (release, win32)’ and ‘Component package (release, x64)’ at the bottom.

Development versions may be buggier than formal releases; if you encounter a problem, open an issue.


To clone the repo and dependencies, download and install Git, and then run:

git clone --recursive

This repo makes use of Git submodules. If you're not familiar with them, check out the guide here.

Build instructions

Visual Studio 2022, the Windows 11 SDK, vcpkg and Python 3.11 (including the py launcher) are required to build Columns UI.

You can use the free community edition of Visual Studio. During installation, select the Desktop development with C++ workload and the Windows 11 SDK from the right-hand side.

Installing vcpkg

You can install and set up vcpkg by running the following commands (in a directory of your choice outside the Columns UI source tree):

git clone
vcpkg\vcpkg integrate install

Dependencies will then be automatically installed when Columns UI is built.

(You’ll need to occasionally run git pull in the vcpkg directory to fetch updated package metatdata.)

Building using the Visual Studio IDE

Open vc17/columns_ui-public.sln in Visual Studio 2022.

Select the Release configuration and a platform (Win32 or x64), and build the solution.

If the build is successful, foo_ui_columns.<platform>.fb2k-component will be output in vc17\release-<platform>-v143.

Building using MSBuild on the command line

You can use MSBuild if you prefer. To build a 32-bit component, start a Developer Command Prompt for VS 2022 (from the start menu), and run:

msbuild /m "/p:Platform=Win32;Configuration=Release" vc17\columns_ui-public.sln

If the build is successful, foo_ui_columns.x86.fb2k-component will be output in vc17\release-win32-v143.

For a clean build, run:

msbuild /m "/p:Platform=Win32;Configuration=Release" "/t:Rebuild" vc17\columns_ui-public.sln
Using the Clang compiler (experimental)

Columns UI can be also compiled using the version of Clang distributed with Visual Studio.

(Note that Clang is not installed by default – in the Visual Studio 2022 installer, you will need to select the Clang compiler and the Clang build tools components.)

With these installed, open a Developer Command Prompt for VS 2022 from the start menu, switch to the Columns UI source directory and run:

msbuild /m "/p:PlatformToolset=ClangCL;LinkToolExe=link.exe;Platform=Win32;Configuration=Release" vc17\columns_ui-public.sln

(Note: Currently lld-link.exe can't be used due to missing wildcard support.)

Building a release package

A universal release package (containing x86 and x64 build) can be created by running:

py scripts\

If successful, a component package will be created in the component-packages directory.

(A Visual Studio Developer Command Prompt is not required to run the script.)


Alternative UI for the foobar2000 audio player




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