Files with caf extension can be typically found as audio content stored in Apple Core Audio format. The audio track within can be encoded either  AIFF, WAV or even ALAC.

There are 3 other file types using
the CAF file extension!

empty icon.caf - CryENGINE character animation

empty icon.caf - Cal3D binary animation

empty icon.caf - Class Action Gradebook data

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CAF file extension - Apple Core Audio Format

What is caf file? How to open caf files?

File type specification:

Audio and sound file type icon Audio and sound file type

caf file icon: caf filetype icon

File extension caf is probably best known for its use for Apple Core Audio format.

CAF format a flexible audio format for storing and manipulating digital audio data. It is fully supported by Core Audio APIs on Mac OS X v10.4 and later and on Mac OS X v10.3 and requires QuickTime 7 to be installed in the system.

It provides high performance and flexibility, and is scalable to future ultra-high resolution audio recording, editing, and playback. Further specifications about CAF format can be found on the CAF Format overview page on Apple website.

Typically contains AIFF or WAV audio tracks, but in recent years CAF format is also used to store ALAC lossless audio tracks, particularly in the loop land sound effect libraries of several popular apps on Mac, including GarageBand, Soundtrack Pro, and Logic Studio.

Strangely enough, Apple iTunes does not support CAF format.

Updated: July 20, 2023

The default software associated to open caf file:

Apple QuickTime for Mac icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple QuickTime for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple QuickTime for Mac is multimedia framework capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. Apple QuickTime for Mac is a part of the Apple Mac OS X.

Help how to open:

Many audio tools nowadays support CAF format, but to read ALAC audio track they will need libavcodec. Most decent media players and editors actually do.

How to convert:

Can be converted to any other audio format, with proper tool.

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List of software applications associated to the .caf file extension

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Software that open caf file - Apple Core Audio Format

Programs supporting the exension caf on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open caf file action.

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Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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