foobar2000 is a Windows media library and music player. The application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which lets you start the application automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

foobar2000 Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest foobar2000 files from the official website.

Install the foobar2000 application. By default it installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\foobar2000.

Run the application at least once to change any settings.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note that no parameters are required.

  • Executable: The path to the foobar2000.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\foobar2000\foobar2000.exe.
  • Working Directory: The directory containing the foobar2000.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\foobar2000.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see foobar2000 running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You must run foobar2000 as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to foobar2000 or specify which CPU or core foobar2000 will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click OK to finish setup and start foobar2000!