WAX File

What are WAX files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a WAX file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your 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

Important: Different programs may use files with the WAX file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your WAX file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: January 16, 2023

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

AresAresVerified
KMPlayerKMPlayerVerified
Zoom PlayerZoom PlayerVerified
MediaMonkeyMediaMonkeyVerified
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
PotPlayerPotPlayerUser submitted
MPC-HCMPC-HCUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted

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