VOB File - opening and understanding

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

What is a VOB file?

VOB stands for Video Object. Files that contain the .vob extension are container files. A container file is a "shell" of a file that is able to hold a variety of other files within it. This means that the .vob file can hold multiple files that are merged into a single file location on a user's computer.

The .vob file format is most commonly used for DVD media. A VOB file can contain the audio and video data for the contents of a DVD as well as the subtitle, menu and DVD content information. This file data is then multiplexed together into a streaming format that allows the user to watch the media on his or her computer.

How to open VOB 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 VOB for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension VOB

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of VOB files. Remember, different programs may use VOB 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
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
PowerDVDPowerDVDUser submitted
GOMPLAYERGOMPLAYERUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
DivX PlayerDivX PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with VOB-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 VOB-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!