What Is an OGG File?

How to Open, Edit, and Convert OGG Files

OGG Files
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.

How to Open an OGG File

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

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

GPS devices and other media players probably support the OGG format, but Apple does not. This means you have to install an app like VLC for Mobile or OPlayer HD in order to open 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 Mozilla Firefox can stream OGG files too.

Tip: If you find that an application on your PC does try to open 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 to do this 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, MediaHuman Audio Converter, and Hamster Free Audio Converter.

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 are saved with 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.

Still Can't Get Your File to Open?

If your file isn't opening with the suggestions from above, make sure the file extension says .OGG and not something similar like OGS (Origons Movie Data), OGZ (Cube 2 Map), or OGF (S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Model).

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 are needed to open them.

For example, if you find out that you do in fact have an OGZ file, it's clear that it's a map file and not an audio file. The Cube 2: Sauerbraten video game is what uses OGZ files.