What Is a WRF File?

How to Open, Edit, and Convert WRF Files

Screenshot of WRF files in Windows 10
WRF Files.

A file with the .WRF file extension is a WebEx Recording file created with Cisco's WebEx Recorder program.

The WebEx Recorder software can record a specific program's screen via its File > Open Application... menu item. It's often used for demos, training, and similar tasks that benefit from having everything on the screen captured, including the mouse.

The video file that WebEx Recorder creates is much like a regular one in that it can contain both audio and video data.

However, some WRF files might not include audio, especially if the Record Audio option was toggled off during the recording.

If the WRF file is uploaded to Cisco WebEx, it can be downloaded in the ARF file format, which is a WebEx Advanced Recording file that contains not only the video but also information about the meeting like an attendee list and table of contents.

Other WRF files might instead be associated with the Thinkfree office suite program called Write. These types of WRF files are like others that are created from a word processor program, so they might have text, images, tables, graphs, custom formatting, etc.

Note: WRF is also an acronym for some non-file format related terms like write flash signal and workfactor reduction field.

How to Open a WRF File

Open a WRF file with Cisco's WebEx Player. Use the Windows download link on that page to get an MSI file or the macOS one to download the player in the DMG file format.

Note: The download link that has the word "player" in the URL just contains the WebEx Player program. The other is for the recorder and the player bundled into one. There's also a download link there for the WebEx Recording Editor, which is the application that actually makes the WRF file.

If you think your WRF file is actually a document file and not a video, it can probably be opened with older versions of the Thinkfree application called Write; the newest version (called Word) does not support the file format.

How to Convert WRF Files

If you already have the WebEx Recording Editor installed, the quickest way to get the WRF file in the WMV file format is to open it with that program and then use the File > Export to... menu item.

Once your file exists as a WMV file, you can then use a free video file converter to essentially convert the WRF file to MP4, AVI, or a number of other video and audio file formats. Any Video Converter and EncodeHD are two examples.

To convert the WRF file online, first convert it with the Recording Editor tool and then run the WMV file through Zamzar or FileZigZag. From there, you can get the WRF file to be an MP4, AVI, FLV, SWF, MKV, etc.

Still Can't Open the File?

It's possible that the reason your file isn't opening with the Cisco software is that it's not really a WebEx Recording file. Some files use a similar file extension that can be confusing since it might look like they open with WRF file openers when they in fact can not.

For example, SRF, RTF, WFR, WRZ, WI, WRL, WRK, WRP, WRPL, WRTS, and others closely resemble the spelling used for WebEx Recording files, but none of those file formats are related to the Cisco video file format explained on this page. Therefore, none of them can open with WebEx Player or the other Cisco applications linked above.

If you have one of those files or if you have something else that isn't really a WRF file, research that file extension specifically to learn more about how to open it or convert it to some other file format.

If you do in fact have a WRF file that you know should open with WebEx Player, open the program first and then use the File > Open... menu to browse for the WRF file. It should immediately open for you to start playing.

Tip: To make sure that WRF files open with WebEx Player when you double-click them in Windows, see How to Change File Associations in Windows to pair the WRF file extension with the Cisco program.

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