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1. What Is DarkIce?

DarkIce is a live audio streamer. It records audio from an audio interface (e.g. sound card), encodes it and sends it to a streaming server.

DarkIce can record from:

  • OSS audio devices
  • ALSA audio devices
  • Solaris audio interface
  • Jack sources
  • uLaw audio input through a serial interface
  • CoreAudio (branch darkice-macosx)
  • PulseAudio sources

DarkIce can encode in the following formats:

  • mp3 - using the lame library
  • mp2 - using the twolame library
  • Ogg/Vorbis
  • AAC - using the faac library
  • AAC HEv2 - using libaacplus library
  • Ogg/Opus

DarkIce can send the encoded stream to the following streaming servers:

  • ShoutCast
  • IceCast 1.3.x and 2.x
  • Darwin Streaming Server
  • archive the encoded audio in files

DarkIce runs on the following operating systems:

  • FreeBSD
  • Linux
  • MacOS X
  • NetBSD / OpenBSD
  • SUN Solaris
  • GNU/Hurd

DarkIce is being tested with:

  • GCC 4.4.2
  • Lame 3.98.2
  • libvorbis 1.2.3
  • libogg 1.1.4
  • faac 1.28
  • twolame 0.3.12
  • libaacplus version 2.0.0 or greater
  • Jack 0.116.2
  • libopus 0.9.14

Tested in both little and big endian computers, 32 and 64bits.

DarkIce initial author is Ákos Maróy.

DarkIce current author and maintainer is Rafael Diniz.

2. Status

DarkIce is considered stable, it has been used since fall 2000 in production 24 hours per day.

The latest version is 1.2, check out the Downloads section, and also the ChangeLog.

There is a GTK frontend made by Rafael Diniz, called DarkSnow.

3. Discussion

For questions and feedback on DarkIce, please join the darkice mailing list: http://www.freelists.org/list/darkice

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