AIF File Type

- The quick facts

What are AIF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an AIF file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an AIF file?

AIF files have multiple uses, and AIFF Audio Interchange File Format is one of them.

AIFF Audio Interchange File Format

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

We have identified one AIF opener that is compatible with this specific type of AIF file.

Programs that open AIFF Audio Interchange File Format files

Last updated: March 5, 2022

All known 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. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

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 apps that use files with this extension

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
VLC Media PlayerVLC Media PlayerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted