Vorbis is a patent-clear, fully open general purpose audio encoding format standard that rivals or surpasses the 'upcoming' generation of proprietary coders (AAC and TwinVQ, also known as VQF). There is no raw Vorbis stream defined, instead the Vorbis codec is always (?) used in the Ogg container format for audio files, and was called Ogg Vorbis for long time since the Ogg container was quasi exclusive for Vorbis. Later FLAC audio codec and Theora and Dirac video codecs began to be used inside Ogg too, and in 2010 the WebM format was defined using the Vorbis codec inside the WebM container, rather than Ogg.
libvorbis, a BSD-licensed source implementation of Vorbis as a library is available; See the Ogg Vorbis page for documentation, downloads and distribution terms.
Further, many players support Ogg Vorbis; see vorbis.com for a list of all the players we know about.
- Vorbis Hardware: List of hardware-players supporting Ogg Vorbis
- Vorbis Software Players: List of media players that can play Ogg Vorbis
- Vorbis Software Encoders: List of libvorbis frontends
- Vorbis Decoders: List of decoders (e.g. Xiph, Tremor, JOrbis, etc)
- Vorbis Encoders: List of encoders (e.g. Xiph, aoTuV, GT, vorbis-java)
- Vorbis-tools: Reference tools maintained by Xiph.org
- Games that use Vorbis: List of games using Ogg Vorbis
- VorbisStreams: Stations streaming with the Vorbis codec
- Mapping in Ogg: useful information for developers