WMV File - opening and understanding

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

What is a WMV file?

A .WMV file is a Windows Media Video file. WMV stands for Windows Media Video. A .wmv file is a compressed video format developed by Microsoft for Internet streaming applications.

Many of the videos and movies that are found online are in .wmv format. This type of file allows for large files to be converted into smaller files while still protecting the quality of the video. This keeps the file size manageable without sacrificing picture clarity.

When a .wmv file is played it is decompressed by the video player while it is being played back on your computer.

While .wmv files are readable by most media players, the files can be converted to other formats if necessary. If you do convert a .wmv file to another file format, however, there is a chance that picture quality may be compromised.

How to open WMV 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 WMV for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension WMV

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of WMV files. Remember, different programs may use WMV 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
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with WMV-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 WMV-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!