ASX File - opening and understanding

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

What is an ASX file?

An .ASX file is an Advanced Stream Redirector file. Files that contain the .asx file extension are most commonly associated with Microsoft's Windows Media Player. These files are Advanced Stream Redirector files, also known as shortcuts.

ASX files contain information about a corresponding media file stream. The ASX file provides the media player with information on presenting the associated media file within the ASX playlist, by providing a shortcut to the associated media file. These files can be used to create playlists for the Windows Media Player.

ASX files are also referred to like Windows Media Metafiles and are based on the XML syntax.

How to open ASX 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 ASX for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension ASX

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
BSPlayerBSPlayerUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
BSPlayer ProBSPlayer ProUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ASX-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 ASX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!