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WAV file - How do I open a .wav file?

The table below provides useful information about the .wav file extension. It answers questions such as:

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1 extension(s) and 1 alias(es) found in database

✅ Windows Waveform Sound

Windows Waveform Sound .wav file icon
The WAV file is a Windows Waveform Sound. The WAV is a file format developed by Microsoft and IBM for use on the PC. The format was built into the Windows 95 operating system and quickly became a standard.
Category: Audio files
Application: Windows Media Player
Mime-type: audio/x-wav
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
WAV aliases:
WAV related links:
WAV related extensions:
Audio Interchange File

CD Audio Track

MIDI Music

MPEG Audio Layer 3 Data

Macintosh Sound Resource

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Sound

✅ Broadcast Wave Format Audio

Broadcast Wave Format Audio .bwf file icon
The BWF file is a Broadcast Wave Format Audio. Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) is an extension of the popular Microsoft WAVE audio format and is the recording format of most file-based non-linear digital recorders used for motion picture, radio and television production.
Category: Audio files
Application: Adobe Audition
Mime-type: audio/x-wave
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
BWF aliases:
bwav, wav
BWF related links:
BWF related extensions:
Windows Waveform Sound

Digital Audio Broadcasting File

RF64 Audio Data

Opendigitalradio DABPlus Encoded Audio

Other types of files may also use the .wav file extension.

🔄 .wav converters

The following softwares are capable of converting .wav files to other formats:


For example, using the softwares above, a .wav file can be converted into one of the following formats:

pls, m3u, nist, ul, ircam, aiff, sndt, dat, raw, u2, fssd, aif, sph, smp, la

🚫 The .wav file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

aav, av, awv, dav, sav, wa, wab, wac, wad, waf, wag, wv, wwv

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

Doom Data File
DVR365 Encrypted Video
Internet Explorer Cache
General Saved Data
Train Simulator Wagon File
WavArc Compressed Audio

🔴 Can't open a .wav file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows cannot open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .wav file association, check the FAQ.

🔴 Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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