SF2 File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a SF2 file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .SF2 files.

What is a SF2 file?

The .sf2 file extension is most commonly used for SoundFont 2 sound bank files. These files define a group of audio samples (commonly referred to as a patch collection) that are played back using MIDI data on a user's computer. The SF2 file may contain loops, envelopes, layers, instruments and other sound bank information. The SF2 file format is commonly used to save custom patches and software instruments.

How to open SF2 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 SF2 for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different SF2 openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension SF2

While we know of one file format using the .SF2 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 .SF2 file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of SF2 files. Remember, different programs may use SF2 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

ReasonReasonUser submitted
Reason LimitedReason LimitedUser submitted
SFEdit2SFEdit2User submitted
Reason EssentialsReason EssentialsUser submitted
Vienna SoundFont StudioVienna SoundFont StudioUser submitted
FL StudioFL StudioUser submitted
Wave XtractorWave XtractorUser submitted
ReCycle LiteReCycle LiteUser submitted
Speedsoft VSamplerSpeedsoft VSamplerUser submitted
rgc:audio sfz VSTirgc:audio sfz VSTiUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SF2-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 SF2-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!