File Extension MOV

  • Full name
    Apple QuickTime Digital Movie Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a MOV 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 MOV file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your MOV file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


With the extension mov, files are marked in Quicktime format.

These files usually contain video and audio streams. You can, however, in principle contain any file formats, as the Quicktime format is expandable.

Like AVI, Quicktime is a container format. Therefore, the extension makes no statement about the actual content of the file. It supports a large number of audio, image and video formats, all of which can be contained in various combinations in the file. In addition MOV files can also contain interactive content, panorama pictures, subtitles and chapters.

Some of this content can not be displayed if Quicktime is not installed. Most players only support normal videos in the MOV container.

The file contents can also be protected by DRM. Then you need the appropriate, possibly paid license to view the content. MOV files can also be streamed and are therefore often used on the internet.

Quicktime is developed by Apple as a proprietary solution and is therefore part of the operating system on the Apple Macintosh. The Quicktime software is also available for Windows for free.

For the Linux platform, there are several projects that develop a free open source software that will make Quicktime files usable under Linux.

However, many players can play MOV files as long as they can decode the format of the video and audio streams.

Quicktime is much more than a file format. It is intended as a complete platform for the production of videos and multimedia content. From the reception to the finished product. Therefore, the generation, editing and processing is usually reserved for paid programs and often found only in the professional market.

Programs which can open a MOV file

How to open a MOV file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the MOV 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 MOV 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 MOV files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a MOV file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all MOV files.

Other issues

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

- verify that the MOV 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 MOV 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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