How to See Lyrics in Foobar2000

Update 15 Mar 2011: This method no longer works. Here’s an updated way to see the lyrics.

I can’t count how many times I’ve wanted to see the lyrics of the song I was listening to. I would usually fire up Google and search for “[artist name] [song title] lyrics”, then cringe at the awful color scheme the lyrics site was using and try to ignore the ads that somehow snuck through AdBlock Plus. Now it’s a breeze. I just pull up Foobar2000 and read the lyrics. Here’s how you can do it too, in three easy steps.

These instructions assume you already have Foobar2000 installed. If that’s not the case, download it here and run the installer.

Step 1: Download two DLLs
You need two Foobar plugins. They were a pain for me to find, but you’ve got it easy with these links. Dockable Panels and the Lyrics Plugin.

Step 2: Install the plugins
Fortunately, Foobar2000 makes this a snap. Close Foobar2000 if it’s running, then copy the two DLLs you downloaded into foobar2000’s components directory. It’s probably located at C:\Program Files\Foobar2000\components

Step 3: Add the Lyrics panel
Start Foobar2000, go to View -> Dockable Panels and select New…, then right click on the new panel that appeared and select Lyrics (the only option). You can position the lyrics panel wherever you’d like.

That’s it. Now you’ll see the lyrics for whatever song is playing in Foobar2000.

Here’s a screencast illustrating the steps and showing how cool it is to see the lyrics as you play a song.


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  1. Thanks:3

    Comment by Tehbro on August 9, 2010 @ 12:37 pm
  2. You’re welcome.

    Comment by Dan on August 9, 2010 @ 12:52 pm
  3. Thank you so much !!!!!!! that’s pefect and so understandable. In 5 mn i can access to many lyrics. Foobar rox. I loved AMAROK under Linux KDE but new versions are not great.
    Now, i’ll try to incrustate the lyrics panel, then incrustate the cover of the albums.
    Thank you again, good job.

    Comment by Dolgo on August 14, 2010 @ 11:21 am
  4. @Dolgo Foobar really is a great application. Thanks for your comment, I’m glad it worked for you.

    Happy listening :)

    Comment by Dan on August 14, 2010 @ 12:55 pm
  5. thnx a lot mate, been searchin’ a way to see lyrics in foobar for quite a time! cheers!

    Comment by Hillbilly on November 2, 2010 @ 3:23 am
  6. Thanks for the lyrics plugin, I was looking for it everywhere, it isn’t on the official fb2k components page. Thanks a lot!

    Comment by Kaushal on December 9, 2010 @ 6:55 am
  7. @Kaushal You’re welcome :)

    Comment by Dan on December 9, 2010 @ 7:27 am
  8. thank you

    Comment by Giedre on December 11, 2010 @ 5:14 am
  9. It works nicely, thank you.

    Does anyone know a solution that will enable you to view lyrics in a tab instead of a dockable panel?

    Comment by Gnusense on December 17, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
  10. @Gnusense You’re welcome. I looked around for a tab but didn’t find anything.

    Comment by Dan on December 17, 2010 @ 3:53 pm
  11. Thanks in advance

    Comment by Augustus Francis on December 20, 2010 @ 7:01 pm
  12. Much better than the “official” foobar2000 component lyrics grabber. Highly recommended. Will it possible to add a moving cursor/or changing color as the song progresses in the lyrics panel, Karaoke style? thanks

    Comment by wei on January 8, 2011 @ 7:42 am
  13. @wei I doubt a moving cursor will ever be added. This is just meant to display lyrics, but another plugin called Lyrics Show auto scrolls the lyrics and highlights the current text like a Karaoke machine. You can download it from softpedia and read more about it on the forums.

    Comment by Dan on January 8, 2011 @ 9:55 am
  14. Was working great until Jan 18th and stopped working… seems that the the browser stopped collecting Lyrics????

    Comment by dubi on January 19, 2011 @ 10:59 pm
  15. @dubi The site used to get lyrics ( changed how to retrieve the lyrics. I’m not sure if anyone will be updating the foobar2000 plugin. I spent a few hours looking through their forums and didn’t find any mention of it. I’ve messaged the developer of the plugin to find out if they’re planning an update.

    Comment by Dan on January 20, 2011 @ 9:24 am
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  17. this link appear on my lirics panel: with this message: “Upgrade to Lyrics Plugin version 0.4”
    But I can only download plugins for WMP, WinAmp and iTunes. Does exist v0.4 plugin for foobar? [I use Win7 and foobar 1.0.3] I really do appreciate any solution

    Comment by badmadafaka on March 23, 2011 @ 10:48 am
  18. after 30 minutes of google I found this and it seems to work

    Comment by badmadafaka on March 23, 2011 @ 11:08 am
  19. and it also works with tabs. it’s awesome!

    Comment by badmadafaka on March 23, 2011 @ 11:19 am
  20. Where can I contact the developer of this plugin and of Lyrics Plugin? You can’t use the old version of the Lyrics Plugin because the developer changed how it talks to the database, but the developer of the foobar plugin hasn’t updated.

    I don’t want to use a solution that writes lyrics to my FLACs.

    Comment by wharlgarbl on March 23, 2011 @ 12:34 pm
  21. @wharlgarbl I don’t know their contact info.

    Comment by Dan on March 23, 2011 @ 1:30 pm
  22. Nothing happens when I right-click on the new panel

    Comment by Mark on May 12, 2011 @ 1:04 pm
  23. @Mark Try restarting Foobar2000 and making sure that the plugins are enabled (Preferences -> Components)

    Comment by Dan on May 12, 2011 @ 1:46 pm
  24. panel says “upgrade to lyrics plugin 0.4”.
    if I follow the link I get trash

    may some1 help please,

    Comment by mchorst on June 17, 2011 @ 6:19 pm
  25. @mchorst Yup, see the first line of this post. This method no longer works.

    Comment by Dan on June 20, 2011 @ 12:39 am
  26. @badmadafaka you are my life saver mann, been busy about that problem for an hour.

    Comment by Inugami157 on October 22, 2011 @ 2:32 pm
  27. same “upgrade to lyrics plugin 0.4″ here

    Comment by Alex on June 27, 2012 @ 7:58 pm
  28. Can anybody please help me to install Foobar with lyrics components. I need it please help me out … plz

    Comment by Sparsh on April 27, 2014 @ 4:07 am
  29. Sure, how can I help?

    Comment by Dan on April 27, 2014 @ 5:20 am

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