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A screenshot of Mixxx running on Mac OS X
A screenshot of Mixxx running on Mac OS X
Developer(s)RJ Ryan, Owen Williams, Sean Pappalardo, Daniel Schürmann, S. Brandt, Ilkka Tuohela, Max Linke, Marcos Cardinot, Nicu Badescu[]
Initial release2001; 18 years ago (2001)
Stable release
2.2.0 / December 24, 2018; 61 days ago (2018-12-24)[1]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC++, JavaScript, C
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Ubuntu
Available in17 languages
TypeDJ mixing

Mixxx is free and open-source software for DJing.[2] It is cross-platform and supports most common music file formats. Mixxx can be controlled with MIDI and HID controllers and timecode vinyl records in addition to computer keyboards and mice.


Mixxx is a DJ Automation and digital DJ performance application[3] and includes many features common to digital DJ solutions as well as some unique ones: It natively supports advanced MIDI and HID DJ controllers, is licensed under the GPL (v2.0 or later) and runs on all major desktop operating systems.[4] The project was started in early 2001 for a doctoral thesis as one of the first digital DJing systems.[5] Over 1,000,000 downloads of the app occur annually and as of Mixxx 1.10.0, 100 developers and artists have helped create Mixxx. Recent versions support harmonic mixing and beatmatching, both manually and automatically.[6]

Format support

Mixxx can read most popular audio formats, including MP3, Vorbis, Opus, AIFF and FLAC. v1.8 introduces a plug-in system to be able to read other formats, including patent-encumbered ones whose decoders cannot legally be distributed in binary form with Mixxx, such as Advanced Audio Coding (AAC). Any such plug-ins are automatically loaded at run-time if present.


Any sound card that is supported by the operating system is usable in Mixxx. Mixxx supports various software APIs for using sound cards on different operating systems, namely ASIO, WASAPI, and DirectSound on Windows; OSS, ALSA, and JACK on Linux; and CoreAudio on Mac OS X, all via PortAudio.

For external hardware control, Mixxx can support any MIDI or HID controller as long as there is a mapping to tell Mixxx how to interpret the controller's signals. Mixxx includes mappings for many DJ controllers and users can create their own mappings as well.[7] It is the only DJ software capable of using a fully featured programming language, JavaScript, for creating mappings with advanced controller interaction and feedback.[8]

Turntables and CDJ media players can control Mixxx with the timecode control sub-system which is built on xwax. Like xwax, Mixxx supports timecode vinyl made by several manufacturers.[9]


Mixxx is one of the first[weasel words] free and open-source applications available in the Mac App Store. In less than 48 hours since it went live in February 2011[10] Mixxx has become the #1 Top Free App in the USA, Germany, and Italy.[11]

Mixxx has been accepted as a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code 2007, 2008, 2010,[12] 2011,[13] 2012,[14] 2013,[15]2014,[16] 2016,[17] 2017[18] and 2018.[19]

See also


  1. ^ mixxx.org 24 December 2018
  2. ^ James, Daniel. "Drafting Digital Media". Apress, 2009, p. 213.
  3. ^ Digital Dj Tips: "Get Your Mixxx for Free!" 14 October 2010, Retrieved on 4 Nov 2011
  4. ^ Skratchworx: "Mixxx with 3 Xs - one for each supported OS" 7 Aug 2009, Retrieved on 4 Nov 2011
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved .CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Source code of a simple implementation
  7. ^ Mixxx Wiki, hardware compatibility page. Retrieved on 4 Nov 2011.
  8. ^ Create Digital Music: "Turntablism in the Digital Age: DJ Jungleboy with Stanton SCS.3d; Open Scratch Scripting" Section: "Open Source SCS.3d Scripting?" Jun 9 2009, retrieved on 4 Nov 2011
  9. ^ http://mixxx.org/manual/latest/chapters/vinyl_control.html
  10. ^ Mixxx blog: App store availability announcement 18 February 2011, Retrieved on 4 Nov 2011
  11. ^ MusicRadar.com: "Free Mixxx DJing app hits number one in the Mac App Store" 22 February 2011, Retrieved on 4 Nov 2011
  12. ^ http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org/google/gsoc2010/mixxx
  13. ^ http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org/google/gsoc2011/mixxx
  14. ^ "Google Summer of Code 2013 Organization Mixxx DJ Software". www.google-melange.com. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Google Summer of Code 2013 Organization Mixxx DJ Software". www.google-melange.com. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Google Summer of Code 2014 Organization Mixxx DJ Software". www.google-melange.com. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Mixxx DJ Software - 2016 - Google Summer of Code Archive". summerofcode.withgoogle.com. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Mixxx DJ Software - 2017 - Google Summer of Code Archive". summerofcode.withgoogle.com. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Mixxx DJ Software - 2018 - Google Summer of Code Archive". summerofcode.withgoogle.com. Retrieved .

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