File Browser#

The File Browser makes it easy to navigate through files on your computer or through your custom collections.


Built-in file browser#


The Bookmarks section contains a list of bookmarked directories. Double-clicking on a directory will show its contents in the file list at the bottom.

Predefined Bookmarks#

Zrythm provides a predefined bookmark for the user's Home directory.

Custom Bookmarks#

Custom bookmarks can be added by right-clicking on a directory in the file list and selecting Add Bookmark.


Similarly, custom bookmarks can be removed by right-clicking on the bookmark and selecting Delete.



Filter Buttons#

Similarly to the plugin browser, files can be filtered based on their type.


Filtering by audio files#

The following toggles are available.


Only show audio files.


Only show MIDI files.


Only show preset files (currently unused/unimplemented).


Files can be filtered by a search term from the provided search box.


Audio and MIDI files can be auditioned by making use of the auditioning controls at the bottom of the file list.


File auditioning controls#


Trigger playback of the selected file.


Stop playback of the selected file.


Control the loudness of the output audio.


The selected instrument will be used for playing back MIDI files. In the above example, the amsynth instrument is selected.


Clicking the cog button on the right side of the auditioning controls will bring up the file browser preferences screen. The following settings are available.


Automatically play back the selected file when the selection changes

Show Unsupported Files

By default, only supported files will be shown in the file list. Enabling this option will also show unsupported files.

Show Hidden Files

By default, only files that are not hidden will be shown in the file list. Enabling this option will also show hidden files.

File Info#

Information, such as metadata, for the selected file is always shown at the bottom of the file panel.


Information about the selected audio file#

Importing Files#

There are various ways to import MIDI and audio files into a project.

Drag and Drop From a File Browser#

You can drag one or more files from your system's file browser or from the built-in file browser into a track (if applicable), into empty space in the timeline or into empty space in the tracklist or mixer.

Droping onto an existing track will import the file on that track (if possible), and dropping onto empty space will create one or more new tracks (depending on the number of dropped files, or number of tracks contained in Type 1 MIDI files).


You can adjust the location where the dropped file will be inserted in the project by dropping at an appropriate spot


Dropping one or more audio files into an existing audio track#


Dropping a file at a specific location in a new track#


Dropping a file at empty space in the tracklist#

Activating a File From the Built-in File Browser#

A file (row) can be activated by selecting a row and pressing the return key or double-clicking it.

Tracklist/Mixer Context Menu#

Files can also be imported by right-clicking in empty space in the tracklist or mixer and selecting Import File...


Importing a file via the tracklist context menu#