What are WV files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a WV 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 WV file?
WV files have multiple uses, and WavPack compressed audio is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
WavPack compressed audio
Files with the .wv extension are most commonly associated with compressed audio files. WV audio files are compressed using the free open source WavPack Hybrid lossless compression format, which supports stereo, mono, and multichannel audio outputs. The WV files can be compressed by 30 to 70 percent of the original audio file size.
How to open WV files
We have identified two WV openers that are compatible with this specific type of WV file.
Programs that open WavPack compressed audio files
Last updated: December 21, 2022
All known file formats using extension .WV
While WavPack compressed audio is a popular type of WV-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .WV file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Sonarc compressed WAV audio
The .wv file extension is also used for Sonarc Compressed WAV audio files. Sonarc is a lossless audio compressor from the '90s.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different WV openers which you will find listed below.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of WV files. Remember, different programs may use WV files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
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