MIDI File Type

- The quick facts

What are MIDI files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a MIDI file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your 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

Important: Different programs may use files with the MIDI file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your MIDI file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: February 25, 2022

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 apps that use files with this extension

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
vanBasco's Karaoke PlayervanBasco's Karaoke PlayerUser submitted
5KPlayer5KPlayerUser submitted
Zoom PlayerZoom PlayerUser submitted
Yahoo! Music JukeboxYahoo! Music JukeboxUser submitted
jetAudiojetAudioUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteUser submitted