File Formats Supported by Windows Media Player Versions 6.0 and Later

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This article describes the file formats that Microsoft Windows Media Player supports.

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Windows Media Player supports the following file formats:

Windows Media Player 6.0

  • Windows Media formats
    File name extensions: .asf, .asx, .avi, .wav, .wma, .wax, .wm, .wmv, .wvx
  • RealAudio and RealVideo (version 4.0 or earlier)
    File name extensions: .ra, .ram, .rm, .rmm
  • Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG)
    File name extensions: .mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mpa, .mpe

    Note MPEG 2 requires third-party software or hardware decoders.
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)
    File name extensions: .mid, .rmi
  • Apple QuickTime (version 2.0 or earlier)
    File name extensions: .mov
  • Macintosh AIFF Resource
    File name extensions: .aif, .aifc, .aiff
  • Intel Video File
    File name extensions: .ivf
  • UNIX
    File name extensions: .au, .snd

Windows Media Player 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7, 7.1, Windows Media Player for Windows XP, and Windows Media Player 9 Series

  • Windows Media formats
    File name extensions: .asf, .asx, .avi, .wav, .wax, .wma, .wm
  • Audio Visual Interleave
    File name extension: .avi
  • Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG)
    File name extensions: m3u, mp2v, .mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .m3u, .mpa, .mpe, mpv2

    Note MPEG 2 requires third-party software or hardware decoders.
  • DVD Video
    File name extension: .vob

    Note DVD playback requires third-party software or hardware decoders and is supported only in Windows XP.
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)
    File name extensions: .mid, midi, .rmi
  • Apple Macintosh AIFF Resource
    File name extensions: .aif, .aifc, .aiff
  • Sun Microsystems and NeXT
    File name extensions: .au, .snd
  • Intel Video File
    File name extensions: .ivf

    Note Intel Video File support requires the Intel Video 5.x codec.
  • Windows Media Player Skins
    File name extensions: .wmz, .wms
  • QuickTime Content
    File name extensions: .avi, .mov, .qt

    Note Windows Media Player can play back older forms of the QuickTime format only. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    316992 Windows Media Player Multimedia File Formats
  • Algebraic-Code-Excited Linear Prediction
  • UNIX
    File name extensions: .au, .snd
  • Macromedia Flash
    File name extension: .swf

    Note Playback of Shockwave Flash files requires the Macromedia Flash plug-in.
For more information about these file formats and to test your Windows Media Player client using sample files, visit the following Microsoft Windows Media Player Web page:
http://ask.support.microsoft.com/kb/316992
For additional information about file formats supported on older versions of Windows Media Player, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
191346 File Formats Supported by Windows Media Player 5.2
For additional information about how to show file name extensions, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
865219 How to show or hide file name extensions in Windows Explorer

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Article ID: 245608 - Last Review: September 25, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.0
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 7.0
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.1
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.4
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Series
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