Opening RAM files

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

What is the .RAM file type?

The .ram filename extension is universally associated with the RealMedia Metafile (RealAudio Metadata, RAM) file type. RealMedia (RM) is a set of proprietary streamable multimedia container formats for both audio and video developed by RealNetworks and natively supported by RealPlayer, a cross-platform media player (incl. browser plugin) by the same company. RealMedia content can be embedded into web pages via RealMedia metafiles (.ram).

A RealMedia metafile (.ram) is a small plaintext file, holding URL references to one or several actual RealMedia files (.rm) and optionally providing limited metadata for each file. On a website, a hypelink to the RAM file is provided for the user. A click on such a link would cause invocation of RealPlayer or other compatible media player on the client side, attempting to play any RealMedia files referenced in the .ram metafile.

When hosting RealMedia content, a web server must be configured to serve .ram files with a proper MIME type ("audio/x-pn-realaudio"). RAM metafiles are easily created and edited with a text editor and can be used for any RealMedia content (audio, video, animation).

Software to open or convert RAM files

You can open RAM files with the following programs: 

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