APE File - opening and understanding

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

What is an APE file?

An .APE file is a Monkey's Audio file. Files that contain the .ape file extension are compressed audio files. The APE file format, also known as Monkey's Audio, is a lossless audio file format which allows a user to compress an audio file without losing any quality to the sound of the file.

APE files are similar to files saved in the popular MP3 file format, but the MP3 file format is a lossy file format, meaning the audio quality of the file is lost when the file is compressed. With the APE file format, loss of audio quality is not an issue during the compression of the file.

How to open APE 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 APE for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension APE

While we know of one file format using the .APE 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 .APE file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
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
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
GOM AudioGOM AudioUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with APE-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 APE-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!