Top AIMP Plugins

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 25, 2016
Updated • Jan 14, 2016
Music and Video

AIMP is a popular music player that has the look and feel of a modern Winamp in my opinion. The player has been updated to version 4 recently, featuring a new interface (you can restore the classic interface) and other changes.

The player has a plugin system that works similar to that of Winamp and, what may surprise new users, it even supports Winamp plugins to a degree.

AIMP ships with several plugins, but you can install new ones that are made available on the official website to extend the player's functionality further.

The following top list lists plugins for the player that you may find interesting. Plugins are installed usually by extracting archives they are delivered in to the local system, and copying the resulting folder into the AIMP/Plugins directory on the system.

Top AIMP Plugins


Compatible with AIMP 2.6 or newer

The plugin pauses playback of music automatically when the PC gets locked, and will resume playback the moment the system is unlocked again.


Compatible with AIMP 3.6 or newer

Adds the BASS audio library based on ZXTune to AIMP. Supports the following extensions: as0, asc, ay, chi, cop, dmm, dst, ftc, gtr, m, psc, psg, psm, pt1, pt2, pt3, sid, sqd, sqt, st1, s, st3, stc, stp, str, tf0, tfc, tfd, tfe, ts, txt, vtx, ym but no Internet streams.


Compatible with all versions of AIMP 2.6 or newer

The plugin adds three new options to the removal options of playlists: by author, by album or by genre.

Minimize on Startup

Compatible with AIMP 3 or newer.

The plugin minimizes AIMP automatically when it is started.


Compatible with AIMP 4 or newer.

The plugin enables you to load the selected track in external applications (think audio editor, tag program).

Random Playlist

Compatible with AIMP 3.6 or newer

Adds an option to the music player to play a random track from a random playlist.


soundcloud aimp

Compatible with AIMP 3.6 or newer

This plugin adds SoundCloud support to AIMP. You can load SoundCloud urls with a click on the plus icon and selecting the option once the plugin has been added to the player.

Supports user streams, custom urls, song exclusion, automatic loading of new items, combining multiple SoundCloud playlists into a single playlist and more.


Compatible with AIMP 3.6 or newer

The plugin ensures that all artists of a playlist are played evenly.

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  1. Seban said on February 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Just switched to version 4, fortunately it’s backward compatible so I can use the same skin as before.

  2. Ron said on January 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Trying to download version 4.0 for a week now when the download finishes I get a red banner stating:
    The Signature of AIMP 4.00.1687.exe is corrupt or invalid and Windows won’t allow me to install. I suspect it’s how high I have my security settings but don’t know what setting and don’t want to default everything. Any Suggestions?

    Windows 7 – IE11
    Downloading from AIMP

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 26, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Maybe the download is broken and not complete? From where are you downloading it?

      1. Ron said on January 26, 2016 at 11:41 pm

        Hey Martin, Trying to download from here: And all five mirrors all give me that same message, but I sure do think it’s on my end. I just tried setting everything to default and no go.

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on January 27, 2016 at 12:12 am

        Try to download it from here instead: (not the external link).

  3. MarkCB said on January 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Not Foobar is it.

  4. Henk van Setten said on January 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I know that as a non-AIMP-user I have no business at all commenting here, but still I want to express my confusion and my continuous lack of understanding about this whole kind of thing. Sorry for this!

    A couple of years ago I tried AIMP for a few weeks and then definitely discarded the whole bloated, cumbersome, over-complicated thing. It felt like using a twelve-wheeler Kenworth lumber truck to fetch my daily bread and milk. And I guess the plugins discussed here will put yet some extra impressive smoke pipes on the whole massive thing. Well, to each his own.

    I myself am perfectly happy using a simple folder-based music player (1by1). It’s efficient, lightweight and with just one extra plugin, it offers wonderful sound quality. Of course, when it comes to great sound, hardware matters a lot more than software (I use an external FiiO Olympus sound card, cabled to a Pioneer amplifier and Mordaunt-Short speakers).

    Bonus of my simple software setup: over the past years, I’ve never needed to waste a single minute on the silly chore of maintaining playlists. My album-based folder structure is all I need.

    Sometimes I think people keep installing bloated, overdesigned music players just as a kind of way to prove to themselves and others that they really care about music. But believe me, you don’t need that. What matters is only your music collection, and the actual sound.

    Summary: instead of driving an unwieldy Kenworth truck to your grocery shop, try a fast and nimble Mazda Miata.

    1. Hanx said on March 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      Henk van Setten probably doesn’t even realise that Windows itself is actually “Bloatware” (even worse with Windows 10 !!!) – Maybe try using a Denon or Kenwood Amp, Pioneer Turntable, Bose speakers, and using the Vinyl (LP collection) and leave us more modern types to listen to our own music without scratches and rumbles.

    2. Kayleigh Rose said on December 29, 2019 at 7:45 am

      I hate to resurrect a dead post, but I suppose the short answer here is, to each their own it’s all about what your particular needs are from a media player.

      Do you want a no-fuss simple music player?
      Do you want a media player that plays only movies and music with an equalizer?
      Do you want a full-featured media player for music movie internet radio and plugin support?

      In the end, it comes down to using what meets your needs and if that’s a cardboard box with holes poked in it that say speakers written in crayon, then that’s perfectly fine, If you require a media player that runs your house, turns on your car, sets the bed to vibrate, turns the lights low while pouring up a glass of scotch on the rocks, then thats fine too.

      The moral of the story is: Enjoy music as you see fit because that is what it’s for!

    3. Deivorous said on June 30, 2017 at 5:27 am

      “Bonus of my simple software setup: over the past years, I’ve never needed to waste a single minute on the silly chore of maintaining playlists.”

      This makes no sense. What if I don’t want to listen to all the songs from one album? What if I want to mix and match songs from different artists/albums based on a mood or a theme? Playlists are as old as music itself.

    4. Yuliya said on January 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm


      Uh? A program that runs music and has many music-oriented features and nothing more (unrelated ones), consuiming less than 1% of CPU and about 1,8MB of RAM while it has been (and still) running for a whole day, is bloatware? What?

      Having features related to its core purpose does not make a program bloatware. And I can give you many examples of software which is bloatware in the real sense of the word, which has alternatives that are able to achieve a lot more, while still being a lightweight program.

      It really seems like a completely unfounded rant, giving the impression that you have never tried it. Either just trying to promote a related software package, or just a let’s hate on AIMP for no explicable reason -kind of comment. Or maybe completely lack of knowledge in this domain; this can also be attributed, in which case your comment is completely understandable, though nothing that could have not been mended with a web search before posting it.

    5. Don Gateley said on January 26, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      “I know that as a non-AIMP-user I have no business at all commenting here, but still I want to express my confusion and my continuous lack of understanding about this whole kind of thing.”

      And then you do no such thing. Instead you rant a negative, uneducated opinion of no interest to people who find AIMP useful.

    6. Super Man said on January 26, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      @henk – best reply EVER

  5. streger said on January 26, 2016 at 1:40 am

    This is almost unbelievable. After few years of using AIMP, yesterday afternoon (on 25.02.) was the first time that I even found out that AIMP has plugins in sense of extending normal use. And also, first time that I looked at all the plugins that were made for it.

    Then after I come back home now, open up my RSS reader I see that you made an article about it.

    Stop reading my mind man :D
    jk…keep doing this, it’s great.

  6. Axna said on January 26, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Lates version is aimp 4 will it work to?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Yes, all work on AIMP 4 as far as I know.

  7. Gary D said on January 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    So you are an ABBA fan then, Martin ?! :-)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 26, 2016 at 12:27 am

      I don’t mind listening to them but I also like other types of music such as metal, classic, chipmusic and a lot more).

    2. John said on January 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Seems like it, and Jim Croce gets deleted….

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