Winamp2-js is a web-based version of audio player Winamp

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 8, 2018
Updated • Sep 16, 2018
Music and Video

Winamp2-js is a web-based version of audio player Winamp which you can access directly or host locally or on your own web space to play audio files using it.

Winamp is still a popular audio player even though its development stopped a long time ago. While Winamp fans hope for a revival of the player, the player has changed companies more frequently than it has been released in an updated version.

AOL sold Winamp to Radionomy back in 2014, and Vivendi became a major Radionomy stakeholder at the end of 2015. The "more info soon" page has not changed in that time and while there has been a rumor of a Winamp Beta version in 2016, nothing has been released since then.


Winamp2-js is a web-based reimplementation of Winamp 2.9 using HTML and JavaScript. You can open a demo page here to check out the interface and player.

The core functionality is included but it is pretty much a work in progress. You can drag and drop music files to the playlist area and play these audio files using the interface. The add buttons work as well in the interface so that you may use these instead to load files into the playlist.

It may not be obvious right away, but you can drag the player interface around on the screen, and even double it in size with the shortcut Ctrl-D. This separates the playback controls from the equalizer and the playlist so that you may move each around individually.

The web-based version supports other features. The equalizer, volume and balance, and bar/line mode visualization modules work already, and you can even load skins to change the design of the player.

Other features of Winamp don't work yet, however. You cannot use the player to play URLs (so no Internet radio), or load playlists.

One interesting option that you have is to save the web page to load it locally instead, or upload it to a web server for to access it from there instead.

You find the source on gitHub.

Closing Words

Winamp2-js is not the first implementation of Winamp on the Web but it is one that gets a lot of things right. It looks like an exact copy of the classic audio player and may appeal to users because of that.

As far as use is concerned, the only use case I can think of is to use it in environments that are locked down so that you may not use software audio players at all. It still requires that you have access to local audio files though. (via Deskmodder).

Now You: Which audio player do you use mostly nowadays?

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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