Windows Notes

We’re excited to announce that Exaile has official support for Windows platforms as of version 3.3.0, and is distributed in an official installer program.

Exaile (and its installer) has been tested on:

Windows XP SP3 Windows 7 x64 SP1 Windows 8.1

Python 2.7.8 (32-bit and 64-bit) SDK 2013.6 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Exaile may work with the OSSBuild SDK and Python 2.6.6, but this is not a recommended configuration.

Running Exaile

If you installed exaile using the Windows installer, you can find icons to launch Exaile in the Start Menu under “All Programs” -> “Exaile”.

Alternatively, you can directly launch “”.

Exaile DirectSound plugin (libgstexailedirectsoundsink.dll)

Exaile currently includes a custom DirectSound GST plugin that is compiled against the SDK git repository as of September 2012.

The reason a custom plugin is included with Exaile is because GST mainline does not currently support selecting the audio output for the DirectSound plugin. Another project created a patch to add this functionality, and you can find the bug at

The plugin is LGPL, and our modifications to the GST source are in toolswin-installerdirectsound.patch

If you do not wish to use the Exaile directsound plugin, you can change the audiosink in Preferences->Playback SDK bugs


“libssp-0.dll is missing” SDK 2012.9 was not packaged properly, and is missing a file that comes with MinGW. Obtain the file from somewhere, and place it in the bin directory of your SDK


An x86 version of this file is distributed with Exaile in the directory toolswin-installer, and should be installed automatically by the Exaile installer. If it was not installed for you, please file a bug with Exaile.


2012.7 does not have complete python bindings shipped with it, and is missing libpyglib-2.0-python.pyd . You can download it at

Possible Errors and Solutions

The SDK environment is a bit fragile and can sometimes cause mysterious problems when launching exaile. Some of the known issues that have been reported are below:

“ImportError: could not import gobject (error was: ‘DLL load failed: The specified module could not be found.’)”

This has been observed when there are multiple versions of Glib/GTK on your system. Possible problems may include:

  • You have a GTK living somewhere else that isn’t compatible with the SDK. This happens if you have GStreamer SDK and PyGTK installed on the same machine.
  • You may have MinGW installed somewhere else with older DLLs that are not compatible with the SDK

What you can do to diagnose the problem:

  • Get depends.exe:
  • Modify exaile.bat to launch depends instead of exaile (that way the environment is identical)
  • Load %GSTREAMER_SDK_ROOT_X86%libpython2.7site-packagesgst-0.10gst_gst.pyd in depends.exe (the pyd file is really a DLL), and see what errors it reports. This should be able to tell you what DLL is conflicting, and what its path is

Bug Reporting

If exaile crashes, you should be able to find a logfile from the last time exaile was launched in the following directories:

Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\exaile\logs
Windows 7+:  %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\exaile\logs

If you run into any bugs not mentioned in this document, please report them to us via github at . Please include any relevant logfile snippets.