AIF File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an AIF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .AIF files.

What is an AIF file?

An .AIF file is an AIFF Audio Interchange File Format file. Files with the AIF file extension are Audio Interchange File Format audio files. Normally they are created with the .aiff file extension, but it is relatively common to see them named .AIF instead.

The AIFF file format was developed by Apple in 1988 and is based on Electronic Arts' Interchange File Format which was widely used on the Amiga home computer.

The audio data in AIF files is uncompressed, so the size of AIF files are much bigger than compressed audio file formats like MP3. There is a lesser-known variant of AIF that contains compressed audio data, and those files are normally using the .aifc file extension.

How to open AIF files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension AIF for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different AIF openers which you will find listed below.

Other file formats using extension .AIF

While AIFF Audio Interchange File Format is a popular type of AIF-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .AIF extension.

The AIF file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So an AIF opener may not be able to open all kinds of AIF files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited AIF viewer.

EPOC/Symbian Application Info

Long obsolete Application Information File used for apps on PSion's EPOC Operating System, which was later rebranded as Symbian OS.

You will likely only come across this type of AIF file if you work with old legacy systems and legacy software preservation.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different AIF openers which you will find listed below.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of AIF files. Remember, different programs may use AIF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with AIF-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with AIF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!