Files with wv extension are audio files in open source WavPack lossless audio compression format. This format is supported by a range of audio players  such as VLC, Windows Media Player, Winamp, etc.

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WV file extension - WavPack lossless compressed audio

What is wv file? How to open wv files?

File type specification:

Audio and sound file type icon Audio and sound file type

File extension wv is nowadays best known for its use in WavPack, a free, open source lossless audio compression format, developed by David Bryant.

WavPack compression (wv files) can compress (and restore) 8, 16, 24 & 32-bit float audio files in the.

WAV file format. It also supports surround sound streams and high frequency sampling rates. Like other lossless compression schemes the data reduction varies with the source, but it is generally between 30% and 70% for typical popular music and somewhat better than that for classical music and other sources with greater dynamic range.

WavPack also incorporates a unique "hybrid" mode that provides all the advantages of lossless compression with an additional bonus: Instead of creating a single file, this mode creates both a relatively small, high-quality lossy file (wv) that can be used all by itself, and a "correction" file (wvc) that (when combined with the lossy file) provides full lossless restoration. For some users, this means never having to choose between lossless and lossy compression.

wv file extension was also used for a very old lossless audio format in a program called Sonarc, that was around the year 1994. It might be that these files are still playable in some media players, however both VW formats are unrelated to each other and completely different.

Updated: November 24, 2023

The default software associated to open wv file:

WavPack icon

WavPack  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
David Bryant

WavPack is a completely open audio compression format providing lossless, high-quality lossy, and a unique hybrid compression mode. In the default lossless mode WavPack acts just like a WinZip compressor for audio files. However, unlike MP3 or WMA encoding which can affect the sound quality, not a single bit of the original information is lost.

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

Very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other operating systems and platforms.

VLC can playback many of the video formats (AVI, MKV, OGV, WMV, ASF, MOV...) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, M4A, OGG, FLAC...) as well as support of subtitles for video. It can also be used as a streaming server and multimedia transcoder.

Help how to open:

The WV format (WavPack audio) is supported many popular media players, such as KMPlayer, Microsoft Windows Media Player or Winamp.

How to convert:

You can convert wv (WavPack audio) with Total Audio Converter or dBpoweramp Music Converter into various other formats.

Awave Studio also supports many audio or song file formats and conversion between them.

Find conversions from wv file:

wv to aac

wv to ape

wv to flac

wv to mp3

wv to mp4

wv to wav

wv to wave

Find converter to wv file type:

alac to wv

ape to wv

flac to wv

m4a to wv

mp3 to wv

ogg to wv

wav to wv

File identification strings:

HEX code: 77 76 70 6B
ASCII code: wvpk

Related links:

Total Audio Converter

dBpoweramp Music Converter

List of software applications associated to the .wv file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open wv file, edit wv file, convert wv file, view wv file, play wv file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting wv files.

Software that open wv file - WavPack lossless compressed audio

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

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