What is a WVX File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert WVX Files

WVX Files
WVX Files.

A file with the WVX file extension is a Windows Media Video Redirector file. It's just a playlist, or shortcut to one or more media files.

WVX files are used to store the location of video or audio files that the program should play. When opened in a compatible program, the referenced files in the WVX file will start to play just as if you'd manually queued them yourself.

WVX is similar to other playlist file formats like M3U8, M3U, XSPF, and PLS.

How To Open a WVX File

WVX files can be opened with Windows Media Player, VLC, and GOM Media Player.

Since WVX files are just plain text files, you can open them in a program like Notepad++ to add additional references. I explain this a little below.

Note: The WVX file extension looks an awful lot like .CVX, but that extension is used in ACD Systems' Canvas software and has nothing to do with WVX files.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the WVX file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open WVX files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

WVX File Example

You can build your own WVX file by imitating the format below and then saving the file with the .WVX extension. You can do this in Notepad in Windows, Notepad++, or any other text editor.

In my example, there are references to two online MP3 files.

The WVX can point to new files by copying one of the <ENTRY> lines.

<ASX version="3">
<ref href="http://download.example.com/32000Hz.mp3"/>
<ref href="http://download.example.com/44100Hz.mp3"/>

Note: These URLs are not valid, so this particular WVX file won't work in any program you open it in.

How To Convert a WVX File

Windows Media Player can save the currently playing media file the WVX file is pointing to, through the File > Save as... menu. If the WVX file is referencing an online MP4 video file, for example, this will basically "convert" the WVX to MP4. A free file converter can be used on the result to convert the audio/video file to something else.

Note: Since the WVX file is really just a plain text file (like you see in my example above), you can't actually convert the file to anything else but text-based formats, like playlist formats. VLC might be able to save a WVX file to playlist file formats like M3U8, M3U, and XSPF, as well as to HTML.

This means you can not convert WVX files to MP4, AVI, WMV, MP3, etc. - to convert those media files, you have to download them yourself so that you have access to them, and then run them through a file converter program.

More Help With WVX Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the WVX file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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