RAM File - opening and understanding

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

What is a RAM file?

RAM stands for Real Audio Media. The RAM file format was developed by RealNetworks and was released in 1995 for use in the streaming of video and audio files over the Internet.

The streaming technology of the RAM file format allows a user to watch a video or listen to the file's music while the data is being downloaded, eliminating the need to wait for a download to complete.

Many radio stations use the .ram format to broadcast their content on the Internet in real time since the file allows for instant streaming and eliminates the need for download waiting times.

How to open RAM 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 RAM for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension RAM

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of RAM files. Remember, different programs may use RAM 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
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
MPC-HCMPC-HCUser submitted
MixPadMixPadUser submitted
PotPlayerPotPlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with RAM-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 RAM-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!