What Is an OGG File?

How to open, edit, and convert OGG files

A file with the OGG file extension is an Ogg Vorbis Compressed Audio file used for holding audio data. OGG files can include artist and track information as well as metadata.

The word "Vorbis" pertains to the encoding scheme provided by the developers of the OGG format, Xiph.org. However, OGG files that aren't considered Vorbis can include other audio compression types like FLAC and Speex, and may use the .OGA file extension.

If not an audio file, the OGG file could instead be an Origin Graph file. These types of OGG files are not played in a media player but instead opened with a graphing program.

OGG Files

How to Open an OGG File

Lots of music players and audio software can play OGG files, such as VLC, Miro, Windows Media Player (with Directshow filter), MPlayer, Xion Audio Player, Audials One, and Adobe Audition. You can also play OGG files online through Google Drive.

Some of those programs can open OGG files on Macs, too, including Roxio Toast and Elmedia Player. Programs like Miro and VLC can play OGG files on Linux, as well as Zinf, Totem, and Amarok.

GPS devices and other media players probably support the OGG format, but Apple devices do not. This means you have to install an app like VLC for Mobile or OPlayer HD in order to play OGG files on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

If you open an online OGG file or drag a local one into Google Chrome, you can play the OGG file without having to download a separate program. Opera and Firefox can stream OGG files, too.

Origin is the program needed to open OGG files that are graph files in the Origin Graph format. Origin Viewer is a free program from the same company that develops Origin, that lets you view and copy information from an OGG file.

Modern versions of Origin (beginning in v2018) save graphs in the OGGU format instead, but the same viewer program, as well as Origin and Origin Pro, can open that format, too.

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

How to Convert an OGG File

Some free audio file converters let you convert an OGG file to MP3, WAV, MP4, and other similar formats. The easiest way is to use an online OGG converter like FileZigZag or Zamzar.

For example, with FileZigZag, you can convert OGG Vorbis Compressed Audio files to several formats in addition to the ones just mentioned, like WMA, OPUS, M4R, M4A, AAC, and AIFF. It can also be used to convert OGG files online even if they aren't compressed with Vorbis. Zamzar works in much the same way.

You can also convert OGG files with a downloadable program if you'd rather not upload your files online, or if you need to convert OGG files in bulk. Through the free audio file converters link mentioned above, you can also find OGG converters like Free Audio Converter and MediaHuman Audio Converter.

Origin OGG files can be converted to OTP with the Origin program, through File > Save Template As. This command produces an Origin Graph Template file.

More Information on OGG Vorbis Files

OGG Vorbis also functions as a container format meant to replace the OGG format. It can hold streams of audio, video, and subtitles or other text. These types of multiplexed media files use the OGX file extension.

OGX files are called OGG Vorbis Multiplexed Media files and can be opened with VLC, Windows Media Player, and QuickTime.

The OGG Media file format that uses the .OGM file extension is a bit different than the other formats mentioned above. While it, too, can be played with VLC and older versions of Windows Media Player, Xiph.org does not support the format because it doesn't fall within the boundaries of the OGG specification.

The MOGG file extension is used in some video games when multiple OGG files are stored in the same file.

Still Can't Open the File?

If your file isn't opening with the suggestions from above, make sure the file extension says .OGG and not something similar like these:

Even though those, and probably many others, share some of the same file extension letters as OGG files, it doesn't mean that they're related at all or that they can be opened or converted with the same programs. They might be able to but chances are good that you need to research those file formats specifically in order to see which applications were built to open them.

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