Manage, download and convert Audible Audiobooks with OpenAudible

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 5, 2021
Music and Video

OpenAudible is a cross-platform open source desktop application for managing, downloading and converting Audible audiobooks.

Note: a license is required to use most program features. It is available for $16 and includes 1-year of updates.

If you have an Audible account, you may use Audible applications or the website to download and listen to audiobooks that you have purchased.  Audible is available for desktop and mobile systems, and these programs may be enough for most users.

However, if you require extra functionality, such as the automatic downloading of purchased audiobooks or the conversion into different formats, then you need to look elsewhere as this is not supported by any of the apps or desktop programs.


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Once you have installed OpenAudible on a supported system, you may start it right away. The first thing you may want to do is connect it to an Audible account. Select Controls > Connect to Audible to do so. The commercial version of the tool supports up to 5 Audible accounts.

You need to supply the Audible username and password. OpenAudible retrieves all audiobooks of the user's library and displays them in its interface.  Use the Controls menu to run a quick or full audiobook sync with Audible at any time, e.g. after a purchase that you have made.

You may download individual books or all books from Audible. To download them all, select Controls > Download All From Audible. Individual audiobooks are downloaded with a right-click on the book and the selection of the download option.

Download books can be converted individually or all at once. The program supports other features, including the splitting of audiobooks; this may be useful if a book is particularly large in size. Audiobooks may also be joined, useful if a book is provided as many individual audio files and not a single large file.

OpenAudible features a search that you may use to find audiobooks in the library quickly.

The main interface displays information about the library status. Some of the information that is presented there acts as a filtering option. You may click on links to display audiobooks that have not been downloaded yet, audiobooks that can be converted, or audiobooks that are available in specific formats after conversion.

Closing Words

If you want more control over your Audible audiobooks, then OpenAudible may be an option. Especially the options to download and convert all audiobooks at once, to split and join books, and to access specific pages about the author, series or narrator are welcome additions.

Granted, you may download books directly from Audible and use third-party tools to convert, split or join them as well.

One downside of the program is that it does not display (free) podcasts that you subscribed to on Audible.

Now You: do you listen to Audiobooks?

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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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