Supported Media File Formats

RealPlayer can play many types of media, including audio, video, and streaming media formats. Below is a list of the most common file types. For a complete listing of file formats currently supported by your RealPlayer, click Check Media Types in your Help menu.

The table below lists the most common and standard RealNetworks files; it is not an exhaustive list. RealNetworks is always working to add more compatibility to your RealPlayer. When new formats are available, RealPlayer will automatically install them when you attempt to play that type of content; or you can manually check for new components by selecting RealPlayer > Check for Update from the menus.

Supported file types:

File Type



RAM metafiles

.ram, .rmm

RealAudio, RealVideo

.ra, .rax, .rv., .rvx, .rm, .rmx, .rmvb, .rmd, .rmj, .rms

RealPix, RealText

.rp, .rt

MPEG formats (For example, MP3 or MPEG-4 Audio: AAC)

.mp3, .mp2, .m4a,  .mp4, .mpg, .mpeg


.smil, .smi

QuickTime files

.mov, .qt, .avi

Note: RealPlayer can play most files your computer can play, just open them with RealPlayer or drag and drop them onto RealPlayer. To have RealPlayer play particular types of files automatically, select the media types you want RealPlayer in Media Types Preferences.