Filename Extensions
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Details of extension .wav

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

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .wav file?
  • Which program can create the .wav file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .wav format?
  • What can convert .wav files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .wav extension?
Windows Waveform Sound .wav file icon

Windows Waveform Sound

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
Program name: mplayer.exe
Mime-type: audio/x-wav
Magic bytes (HEX): -
Magic string (ASCII): -
Related extensions:
Audio Interchange File
CD Audio Track
MIDI Music
MPEG Audio Layer 3 Data
Macintosh Sound Resource
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Sound
AC-3 Compressed Audio
Free Lossless Audio Codec File
Monkey's Audio File
Broadcast Wave Format Audio .bwf file icon

Broadcast Wave Format Audio

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
Program name: -
Mime-type: audio/x-wave
Magic bytes (HEX): -
Magic string (ASCII): -
bwav, wav
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. If you have helpful information about .wav extension, write to us!

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar extensions in our database:

OccuRec Recorded Video
Final Draft AV v1 Document
Iconics AlarmWorX32 Viewer File
DVR365 Encrypted Video
Fortnite Client Settings Data
WavArc Compressed Audio
Windows Address Book Data
Delta Force Boolean Logic Commands Data
Doom Data File

The .wav filename extension is often given incorrectly!

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

wv (1), waf (1), wac (1), wa (1), dav (1), av (1), wwv (1), wag (1), wad (1), wab (1), sav (1), awv (1), aav (1)

Can't open a .wav file?

If you want to open a .wav file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. If the .wav association isn't set correctly, you may receive the following error message:

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.wav

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android