MOV File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MOV file?

A .MOV file is a QuickTime Movie file. QuickTime Movie files are video files using a multimedia format invented by Apple. These .MOV files may contain several streams of data, like audio, video, and subtitles, usually kept together in a single .mov file for easy distribution.

The format is similar to the popular MP4 multimedia format.

Although initially developed by Apple, the format is now compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, and almost any media player is capable of playing these files.

How to open MOV 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 MOV for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension MOV

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

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