MIDI File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MIDI file?

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

MIDI 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.

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

While the MIDI 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 .midi file.

How to open MIDI 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 MIDI for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension MIDI

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
AIMP3AIMP3User submitted
vanBasco's Karaoke PlayervanBasco's Karaoke PlayerUser submitted
5KPlayer5KPlayerUser submitted
Zoom PlayerZoom PlayerUser submitted
Yahoo! Music JukeboxYahoo! Music JukeboxUser submitted
jetAudiojetAudioUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MIDI-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 MIDI-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!