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.

The Windows Media Video Redirector file format is similar to other playlist file formats like ones that use the M3U8, M3U, XSPF, and PLS file extensions.

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 or some other text editor to add additional references. This is explained a bit more 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.

Tip: 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 our 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 or any other text editor.

In our example, there are references to two online MP3 files. The WVX can point to additional files in the same format, so you can just copy one of the <ENTRY> lines to add some other references.

<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 our 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.

Still Can't Open the File?

Make sure you're not confusing another format with the WVX format. Some files look a lot like .WVX files even though they're in an entirely different format. If you try to open an unsupported format in one of the WVX openers mentioned above, you'll likely get an error.

For example, WYZ files could easily be misread as WVX files even though they're really WYZTracker files used with the WYZTracker program. The two formats are unrelated and therefore unsupported in the respective programs used to open them.

The same idea is true behind other similarly spelled file extensions like VWX, which is used for Vectorworks Design files. VWX files use all three of the same letters as WVX files but are instead only supported in the Nemetschek Vectorworks application.

More Help With WVX Files

If you're sure that your file ends with the .WVX file extension but nothing on this page is helping you open it, 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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