File Extension AIFF

  • Full name
    Audio Interchange File Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a AIFF file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a AIFF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your AIFF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The Audio Interchange File Format, (ending aif, more rarely also aiff) was developed by Apple in the late 80s and represents the standard audio format on the Macintosh operating system. The equivalent on Windows systems is the resource Interchange File Format (extension riff).

In a standard aif file, the included audio data is stored uncompressed as PCM. Therefore, such files are quite large. In addition to the standard format, there is also the aifc format, which also knows various types of compression. Although there is a native extension for this on the Mac (aifc), only the aif or AIFF extension is often used for compressed aif files. However, most applications can still play these files without any problems.

On Windows, it should be noted that most applications can not cope with all compression methods. Here only iTunes or the Quicktimeplayer helps, because these programs can deal with all variants.

Programs which can open a AIFF file

How to open a AIFF file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the AIFF file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a AIFF file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support AIFF files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a AIFF file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all AIFF files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with AIFF there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the AIFF file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the AIFF file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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