Files with xwm extension are audio files that can be found inside BSA archives from games produced by Bethesda (TSE series). Looks like variant of xWMA format.

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XWM file extension - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim music

What is xwm file? How to open xwm files?

File type specification:

Game file type icon Game file type

File extension xwm is used for audio files that contains music for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim computer game, created by Bethesda and released in November 2011.

These files are located within Skyrim - Sounds.bsa archive. This archive can be extracted with various BSA tools (see bsa file extension for more details) and the audio files with .xwm extension can be played with VLC player (although with lousy quality).

Seems XWM format is actually xWMA format, which is a subset of common WMA format. There is a tool called xWMAEncode.exe in Microsoft's DirectX SDK, which is able to convert xWMA format (so XWM as well) to WAV, which can then be converted to plethora of other formats like MP3 or FLAC.

To convert XWM to WAV follow these few steps:

  1. Download Microsoft's DirectX SDK and locate the xWMAEncode.exe program
  2. Extract music files from Skyrim - Sounds.bsa with any working BSA Extractor
  3. Copy xWMAEncode.exe to the folder where you extracted the music from previous step
  4. Launch cmd.exe and locate your folder with the .xwm files
  5. Once in the folder, type xwmaencode file.xwm file.wav, where file is the name of one of the extracted .wxm files. If you want to convert more files at once, its probably better to create a batch file for it.

And that's it. You should now have the files in WAV and can convert it to any other file format. 

Updated: April 21, 2024

The default software associated to open xwm file:

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim icon

Bethesda Softworks LLC logoThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Bethesda Softworks LLC

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Bethesda Game Studios. It is the fifth and latest installment in The Elder Scrolls series. It was released in November 2011 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

A new edition of the game was released in 2016. The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more.

Creation Kit picture or screenshot

Bethesda Softworks LLC logoCreation Kit  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Bethesda Softworks LLC

Creation Kit is Skyrim's modding kit for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Included are the tools needed to create custom content, using the game's files.

Help how to open:

VLC player can play *.xwm files although with poor quality.

How to convert:

You can convert *.xwm files to WAV with xWMAEncode.exe program from DirectX SDK.

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and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open xwm file, edit xwm file, convert xwm file, view xwm file, play xwm file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

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Software that open xwm file - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim music

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

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