What are AU files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an AU file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your AU files.
What is an AU file?
AU files have multiple uses, and Audacity audio block is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Audacity audio block
Files with the .au file extension are audio files stored in a file format used by Audacity, a sound editor software.
The .au files are part of an Audacity project, and these files are used while working on the project. After editing, the finished sound data is exported to a common audio format like MP3.
How to open AU files
We have identified two AU openers that are compatible with this specific type of AU file.
Programs that open Audacity audio block files
Last updated: September 22, 2023
All known file formats using extension .AU
While Audacity audio block is a popular type of AU-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .AU file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
NeXT/Sun uLaw/AUdio format
Old, simple audio file format introduced by Sun Microsystems. The format was common on NeXT and SPARCstation systems.
This format is obsolete, and you are only likely to come across this type of .au file if you work with preserving legacy software systems.
AU opener for Windows
We have identified one AU opener that is compatible with this specific type of AU file.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of AU files. Remember, different programs may use AU files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
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