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Opening wav files

Have a problem opening a .wav file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what wav files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .WAV file type?

The .wav filename extension is normally used with files that contain uncompressed audio data. This audio file format has been introduced by Microsoft. Uncompressed WAV files are supported by almost all software applications capable of handling digital audio, making this format universal.

Audio data in WAV files are organized following the RIFF specification that requires all content to be arranged into separate chunks with their proper tags.

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Software to open or convert WAV files

You can open wav files with the following programs: