AU File - opening and understanding
Did your computer fail to open an AU file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .AU files.
What is an AU file?
An .AU file is an Audacity audio block file. 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
You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension AU for different purposes. We have identified 1 AU opener for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of AU file.
Programs that open these files
Other 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 extension.
The AU file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So an AU opener may not be able to open all kinds of AU files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited AU viewer.
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This format is obsolete, and you are only likely to come across this type of .au file if you work with preserving legacy software systems.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different AU openers which you will find listed below.
Various viewers for this file format
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.
|WavePad Sound Editor||User submitted|
|Any Video Converter||User submitted|
|Final Media Player||User submitted|
|Free File Viewer||User submitted|
|WavePad Audio-Editor||User submitted|
|Switch Sound File Converter||User submitted|
|VideoLAN VLC media player||User submitted|
|Microsoft Windows Media Player||User submitted|