RA File - opening and understanding

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

What is a RA file?

Files that contain the .ra file extension are files that store audio data. These files have been created for the RealPlayer media playback application. The RA files are created with the RealAudio codec and the file format is proprietary to the RealNetworks Corporation.

The RA file format is a file format that was commonly used to stream music and radio broadcasts over the Internet to a user's computer. The files containing the .ra file format only contain audio data even though the RealPlayer is capable of playing video as well. The file format's video counterpart use files that are saved with the .rv file extension.

How to open RA 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 RA for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension RA

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of RA files. Remember, different programs may use RA 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
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
VAFPlayerVAFPlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with RA-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 RA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!