AIFF File - opening and understanding

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

What is an AIFF file?

An .AIFF file is an Audio Interchange File Format audio file. Files with the AIFF 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 using the .AIF file extension 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 AIFF files is uncompressed, so AIFF files' size is much bigger than compressed audio file formats like MP3. A lesser-known variant of AIFF contains compressed audio data, and those files are normally using the .aifc file extension.

How to open AIFF 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 AIFF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension AIFF

While we know of one file format using the .AIFF file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .AIFF file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of AIFF files. Remember, different programs may use AIFF 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
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser 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
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with AIFF-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 AIFF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!