Format Junkie

A file converter for Linux.

What is Format Junkie?

Format Junkie is a Linux application for converting audio, video and image files to multiple popular different formats. The program is just a frontend to avconv and to ImageMagick.

Format Junkie was developed for participation in the Ubuntu App Showdown (2012) and the development is pretty much halted for the time being. We cannot guarantee that all if any of its features are working correctly. Please do not contact us requesting new versions of the program supporting the latest packages etc. WinFF seems to be another GUI converter for the linux desktop and we do recommend it as an alternative.


Audio Conversion

Once you open Format Junkie, the first thing you notice is the Audio tab. This tab allows you to convert between multiple different audio formats: mp3, mp2, wav, ogg, wma, flac, m4r, m4a and aac.

Video Conversion

One of the most usual conversions out there is conversions between the various available video formats. Format Junkie supports the following video conversion formats: avi, ogv, vob, mp4, vob, flv, 3gp, mpg, mkv, wmv.

Image Conversion

Format Junkie uses the very powerful ImageMagick command line tools in order to perform conversion between the supported image formats.

The program has support for the following image formats: jpg, png, ico, bmp, svg, tif, pcx, pdf, tga, pnm.

Iso Operations

The program does not limit its features to audio-video-image conversions but it also supports "converting" multiple files into an iso archive, as well as converting iso to cso and vice versa.

Avi subtitles encoding

Finally, Format Junkie is able in encoding subtitles into your AVI file. This means that it can take one avi file and one subtitles file and encode it into a single AVI file that have the subtitles encoded into.


Main Window
Preferences Dialog


As the Ubuntu App Showdown contest in which Format Junkie was a participant took place on 2012, Format Junkie is not directly available to the latest versions of Ubuntu without problems. If you google around, you can find many guides pointing out how to install Format Junkie in your Ubuntu release. There are available DEB packages in Launchpad for some older Ubuntu release.

However, if you want to be sure that Format Junkie is going to work in your system, you can build it from source from here.

Learn More

There are quite a few references about Format Junkie on the web. Some of them are listed below: