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What are RIFF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a RIFF file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your RIFF files.

What is a RIFF file?

RIFF files have multiple uses, and Resource Interchange File Format is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Resource Interchange File Format

RIFF, created by Microsoft and IBM, is a file format for storing multimedia content like pictures, audio clips, and videos. Its foundation is the Interchange File Format (IFF).

RIFF is a file format that allows various multimedia data types to be combined into a single file.

RIFF is especially advantageous due to its capacity to store a vast array of multimedia files, such as WAV audio, AVI and MOV videos, as well as captions, metadata and layered images.

How to open RIFF files

We have identified two RIFF openers that are compatible with this specific type of RIFF file.

Programs that open Resource Interchange File Format files

Last updated: February 24, 2023

All known file formats using extension .RIFF

While Resource Interchange File Format is a popular type of RIFF-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .RIFF file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Riff Raff Module

We know that one RIFF format is Riff Raff Module. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

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