How to split a single flac file into multiple tracks

This tutorial will guide you through the steps required to split a single large .flac file into multiple tracks/songs.

  1. If you’ve downloaded an album in .flac format, and it’s one big file, you can split it into multiple tracks (songs) via the .cue file that should be included in the download. There are a number of reasons for wanting to do this, the most common is to create individual MP3s of each track, rather than one long MP3 of the entire album. Once you’re done splitting the .flac file, you can use this tutorial to convert them to MP3s.
  2. To get started, download and install Medieval Cue Splitter. The installation is very straight forward – you’ll click “Next” a few times and then you’re done. Launch it by double-clicking its Desktop icon, or from its entry in your Start menu.

    If .cue files are already associated with a program on your PC, you’ll be prompted with a message asking if you’d like to associate all .cue files with Medieval Cue Splitter. Click Yes or No based on your needs.

  3. And now Medieval Cue Splitter will launch.

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  5. From the top navigation window, select File and then Open CUE file… from the drop-down list.
  6. Navigate to your .cue file, select it, and click the Open button.

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  8. Medieval Cue Splitter will populate all the fields with the appropriate information. When you’re ready to split the large .flac file into individual tracks, click the Split button in the bottom right corner of the window.

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  10. When prompted for a location to save the .flac files, select the location of your choice. I opted to save them in the same folder as the original large flac and its .cue file. Click OK
  11. And now Medieval Cue Splitter will do its thing. The time it takes to split the file depends on the speed of your PC, but generally it’s a fast process. The green ‘status indicator’ in the bottom right corner of the window will display the progress.

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  13. Once completed, a small pop-up window will appear. Click OK.
  14. And now you’ll have each track on the album as an individual .flac file. The original .flac file will remain as well – it’s not deleted.

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105 thoughts on “How to split a single flac file into multiple tracks”

  1. kislosh –

    I’ve only had great experiences with Medieval Cue Splitter. It has worked perfectly for me each and every time, perfect track lengths and absolutely no instability or issues in general. Can you suggest an alternative (free or open source) tool for Windows that does the same thing?

  2. try decoding medieval’s output
    by incorrect track lengths i meant output not a multiple of 588 samples (i.e. causes sector boundary errors)
    new .cue it makes is a joke, open it in text editor

    Alternatives:
    EAC has a image splitting tool, but only works with wavs and therefore loses tags.
    Foobar2000 splits with converter, but doesn’t make new .cue.
    CUETools splits, converts, makes new .cue, compares with AccurateRip database and fixes offsets.

  3. Medieval splitter worked perfect for me.

    I had a CD box set with all discs ripped into the one flac file.

    I downloaded medieval splitter, installed and it done what this website said it would do.

    Fast as hell – ripped a full CD and spilt it under less than a minute!

    Very useful tool.

    Thanks.

  4. Wrong (missing) advice about gaps.
    They should be added an inverted (appended to previous track).

  5. kislosh, there’s no need to get so upset over it. Nobody’s “destroying” anything. It’s really not a big deal if a few frames are placed at the beginning of one file instead of the end of the previous. Anybody who claims to be able to hear the difference is blowing hot air. Play 3 frames of any audio sample in your favorite DAW, it’s nothing more than an audible click. You need a much larger sample to make any sense out of it. And anyway, what you should be complaining about is .wma files. if you compare a .wav rip and a lossless .wma rip of the same song, you’ll notice the .wma is ~16 frames longer, making it a much more serious offender.

  6. gracias exelente aporte!!!

    pero en el punto 6 es a la IZQUIERDA y NO a la derecha jajaja

    de todas formas gracias

  7. 3 samples you won’t hear, not even an audible click. But you will notice 585 (588 – 3) samples of digital silence put there by the burner to fill up a sector on a CD, specially if the album is was gapless.

    And there is also an issue of lossless archival, for which Medieval is not appropriate software (as is wmal, which nobody uses anyway).

  8. I did everything as explained in the instructions above. The cue list appeared and I clicked on ‘Split’ and was informed that the split was successful. However, when I went to the designated folder (the same as the source) I found nothing there except another copy of the cue file. Could anyone suggest what might be happening here? I’ve tried it several times with the same result.

  9. Man: You´re a genius !!! Thank you so very much for this great software. It is as great as FLAC !!! Long live Medieval software and FLAC !!! Thanks and have a great year of prosperity and good luck in your business !!!

  10. Well. I first tryied CUETools and couldn’t find the way to split my big flac. Spend only 15 minutes figuring it out and was unable to find the right procedures. Installed Medieval CUE Splitter and work fine for me. Generated .cue file for the split files did not work with my VLC Player had to load directly the splitted flac files. Split files did had correct Information according to VLC Player. Does any body knows if Medieval CUE Splitter has a Portable version?

    kislosh or any one, would you please share with me the proper procedure to split a flac using CUETools. I like them because they are portable and look to me that they have more functionalities than Medieval CUE Splitter. Even that it came with an error about disk not in database.

    I like and use Medieval CUE Splitter any way, I may continue to use it any way.

  11. Hello every one. I would like to update:

    1. I did was able work with CUE Tools. I was using as an Action “encode if verified” and changed to “default” and I was able to split using CUE Tools.
    2. Medieval CUE Splitter worked for me very well I was not able to notice errors in my split files.
    3. I can carry both on my memory stick and run them on any computer.
    4. Medieval CUE Splitter looses the “File mask” you create, so you would have to re-build them on every computer you work. That really is not a very good, because that means you are leaving garbage on the registry of the computer you are working on.
    5. CUE Tools works very well too.
    6. You would need .NET on the computer you work on for it to operate.
    7. CUE Tools, leaves some information on the computer you work on, like window setting when last used, so I think it leave info on the registry too.

    I would like to thank every one on this post for a so helpful hints, I was able to split my flac files. I just started to work with this type of audio file, I hope we would start finding audio devices that would support this file format, very nice audio.

  12. I just used Mediaeval CUE Splitter for the first time and I liked it. It did the job perfectly and there was no need to change any settings after the initial installation. I just selected the cue file of the flac album I have and pointed in which folder to put the individual tracks. In less than a minute the task was done.

    The file names of the tracks consist of the track number, artist name and track title. Tags are also completely filled with the correct information.

    Mediaeval CUE Splitter is a good application and I am going to use it when needed for my music collection. Thanks for the useful guide about it.

  13. thanxxxx that helped so much .. Medieval CUE Splitter is really a great tool
    thanx again for sharing

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  15. Bryan McKennaughton

    Fantastic,downloaded a long searched for album only to discover that it was in one big FLAC file.I found this download and it worked perfectly so many thanks to the brains behind this!

  16. Ross,
    Thanks so much. I’m a newbie who just started downloading some of my old albums (flac’s) and suddenly hit a snag. Six or so opened up just fine with 7-zip (I’m a miser). But “Gaucho” by Steely Dan, an MFSL CD, left me with one big .flac file. I thought I did something wrong. I couldn’t figure it out and didn’t quite know how to word a question via Google. Your tutorial was the first one I found. I never knew I would have use for those .cue files. I was wrong.
    As always, I researched Medieval Cue Splitter and found a lot of great reviews. It’s not a monster editor, but .cue files it does very well. The progam was easy to download, its layout simple, and I must say your instructions were even simpler. I had my doubts, it can’t be that easy, plus I had no idea what .cue files were or what they did. I still don’t. I can’t say how much I’m going to use this program, but I know what it does superbly and quickly, split .cue files. Your tutorial made my day. Thanks again Ross.

  17. Sadly when I hit the split button it says it’s split but it doesn’t actually do the split.
    Do you know if there’s a bit rate limitation, my source FLAC was extracted from a blu-ray DVD concert so it’s sampled at 48kHz with an insane bitrate.

  18. Use a .CUE file to split a large .FLAC file that was the task. So why does this tutorial even mention MP3 files?

  19. By Ross McKillop – March 2, 2009
    and here I am – 12/21/2011 find this article very informative .. thank you :)

  20. Thanks, just got to see him in person this past Sunday at Summer fest in Milwaukee, WI. It was awesome

  21. Works beautifully the job it’s supposed to do, rare thing in software nowadays. Thank you.

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  23. kyle carrington

    What do you do in the case where there is no .cue file, so you use a program like IMGBurn to make one, but it results in just a single file….

  24. Besides acting as a powerful Video/Audio Converter, iDealshare VideoGo is also a professional CUE Splitter which can split CUE associated FLAC, MP3, APE, WAV, WMA, TAK, MPC, TTA, M4B, M4A, AIFF and etc

    Just google search Step by Step Guide on How to Split FLC into Multiple Tracks with iDealshare VideoGo, you will find a detailed tutorial.

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  26. not work.. its only make 1 CUE file, 1 M3U file and 1 M3U8 file, all size 1kb.. Please help..
    Thks..

  27. Wow, this worked quickly and easily – and I’m usually one of those whiners who usually complains that whatever solution he found online doesn’t work for him, lol. Thanks!

  28. Same thing happened to me. Did you (or anyone else reading this) figure out a solution? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  29. Almost amazed this wasn’t false info trying to trick me into downloading spyware or buy something. Thanks!! Very helpful.

  30. Please be aware that Medieval CUE Splitter may produce corrupted files, e.g. the tracks won’t have the exact same duration as the original ones. Details are here: https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,57563.msg683198.html#msg683198

    If you want to split CUE into separate files with 100% precision, consider to use foobar2000 (http://www.foobar2000.org) or fmedia (http://fmedia.firmdev.com) instead. You can split into FLAC, OGG Vorbis or MP3. If you prefer using command-line, you can do it with fmedia just in a single command, e.g.:

    fmedia.exe YOUR_FILE.cue –out=”$tracknumber. $artist – $title.flac”

    With this command you’ll split all tracks from one CUE file into separate FLAC files named like “01. ARTIST – TRACK.flac”. Note, that the output files will have exactly the same audio quality and track duration precisely as the original.

  31. Thanks! I expected these links to be spyware also, but they are both solid freeware projects.
    foobar2000 worked for me, fmedia is promising but the GUI still a bit “beta”

  32. I recommend you to choose Avdshare Audio Converter to Split one big FLAC into multiple FLAC tracks or split FLAC into many MP3 segments or split FLAC into WAV, M4A, AAC, etc

  33. Awesome tutorial, thank you.
    Very simple, straight forward and useful.
    This was exactlly what I was looking for and I was able to the get the results I wanted.

    Thank you

  34. Ashwin Antony

    Thanks a lot, Team,
    It couldn’t get simpler than this. This application really helped with creating mix playlists with no quality loss.
    Cheers
    FLAC FOREVER

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