MID File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MID file?

A .MID file is a MIDI Music file. The .mid file extension is the standard extension used by MIDI music files. MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. The MID files are used by a variety of music authoring programs and MIDI hardware devices.

MID files contain various music data and information, including details on which notes should be played and when and how loud and long each note should be.

MID files can also contain controller information for a specific device, and as such, can be used to change the instrument being played.

While the MID file does not contain any music itself, it contains the music data's attributes and can be played back using software instruments that can interpret the data contained in the MID file.

How to open MID 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 MID for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension MID

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of MID files. Remember, different programs may use MID 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 EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
GOM AudioGOM AudioUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MID-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 MID-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!