WAX File - opening and understanding

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

What is a WAX file?

A .WAX file is a Windows Media Audio Shortcut file. Files with the .wax extension are most commonly used by the Windows Media player. The WAX files contain a shortcut to a WMA file located on the Internet. The WAX file does not contain the actual audio file - only a reference to the location of the Internet file.

When a user clicks the associated icon on the desktop, the WAX file will launch the audio file on the user's computer as long as the computer is connected to the Internet.

How to open WAX 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 WAX for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension WAX

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
AresAresUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
AIMP3AIMP3User submitted
PotPlayerPotPlayerUser submitted
MPC-HCMPC-HCUser submitted
Zoom PlayerZoom PlayerUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteUser submitted
MediaMonkeyMediaMonkeyUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with WAX-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 WAX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!