CAF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a CAF file?

The .caf file extension is used for a proprietary audio file format, which is also known as Apple Core Audio Format. The CAF file format was developed by Apple, Inc. for the Apple QuickTime framework. These .caf files contain digital audio data that has been saved with 64-bit file offset encoding specifications.High resolution recorded audio data can be stored in these CAF files. This audio file format also supports high quality playback as well as extensive audio editing applications and larger than usual file sizes. Unlike other audio file formats that have file size limits of around 15 minutes or 4Gb of audio, these .caf files can store recorded audio data worth years of playback.A .caf file can store any type of audio data in any number of channels. This file format also has support for storing auxiliary data like text annotations, captions and markers.

How to open CAF 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 CAF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension CAF

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with CAF-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 CAF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!