WV File - opening and understanding

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

What is a WV file?

A .WV file is a WavPack compressed audio file. 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension WV for different purposes.

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

Other 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 extension.

The WV file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a WV opener may not be able to open all kinds of WV files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited WV viewer.

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 10 different WV openers which you will find listed below.

Various viewers for this file format

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.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser 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
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
VAFPlayerVAFPlayerUser submitted
MplayerMplayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with WV-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 WV-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!