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MODPlug Tracker


  1. Capabilities
  2. Competition
  3. Quick set up
  4. IT compatibility notes
  5. Links for further development
  6. See also
The ModPlugin was originally developed in the mid-90s by Olivier Lapicque as a plugin for Internet browsers to listen to tracking files (such as .mod and .it files). From this plugin, he developed the ModPlug Player and the ModPlug Tracker. ModPlug Player can play a very wide variety of tracking files, and uses many different audio effects, such as graphic equalization, reverb, and Surround Sound. Although it is still available, the Player is not open-source nor is it being developed.

ModPlug Tracker became completely open-source in 2004, allowing the actual application to be developed and the code altered for the correction of long-standing bugs and the implementation of new features, such as the advanced use of VST plugins and alternate tunings. (source: OpenMPT wiki


MODPlug/OpenMPT (Open ModdPlug Tracker) is a windows module tracker, supporting several modules:
  • .it
  • .mod
  • .s3m
  • .xm
  • .mptm
  • .mid

To open and play there are even more. OpenMPT has its own native module type, the OpenMPT format (.mptm), can save midi files, export audio as .wav, and has other interesting features such as VST support.

Current listing of features

list of supported module formats


OpenMPT is accepted for the following formats:
- amigamod
- midi
- all mod*k formats
- wildchip
- mptm
- s3xmodit
- allgear

Quick set up

Download here: OpenMPT donload

As it is a Windows software package, it is 100% n00b friendly on installing.

OpenMPT provides plenty of proper documentation
, including a quickstart guide
so it would be a waste of time re-inventing the wheel.

A quick reference of available commands

IT compatibility notes

Always always use "compatibility export" and don't use VSTs in your module. Listen to your track in xmplay before submitting and you will probably be OK.

OpenMPT is developed outside BotB by an active community
Bug reporters and feature requesters are welcome to do their duties OpenMPT bug tracker

See also

- amigamod (format)
- s3xmodit (format)
- mptm (format)
- Tracker