ASX File Type

- The quick facts

What are ASX files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an ASX 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 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

Important: Different programs may use files with the ASX file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your ASX file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: February 25, 2022

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 apps that use files with this extension

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.

VLC Media PlayerVLC Media PlayerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
BSPlayerBSPlayerUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
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AVS Media PlayerAVS Media PlayerUser submitted