How to Open a WMV File on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Opening a WMV File on Mac

If you’ve ever come across a WMV (Windows Media Video) file and tried to open it on your Mac, you may have encountered some difficulties. WMV files are primarily designed for Windows-based systems, but fear not!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of opening WMV files on your Mac without any hassle.

Option 1: Use VLC Media Player

One of the most popular and versatile media players available for Mac is VLC Media Player. It supports a wide range of file formats, including WMV. Here’s how to open a WMV file using VLC:

  1. First, make sure you have VLC Media Player installed on your Mac. If not, you can download it from the official website and follow the installation instructions.
  2. Locate the WMV file that you want to open.

    You can either find it in your local storage or on an external device.

  3. Right-click on the WMV file and select “Open With” from the dropdown menu.
  4. In the “Open With” submenu, choose “VLC Media Player.” If VLC is not listed, click on “Other” and navigate to the Applications folder to select VLC manually.
  5. VLC will now open and start playing the WMV file.

Option 2: Convert WMV to QuickTime-Compatible Format

If you prefer using QuickTime as your default media player or encounter issues with VLC, you can convert the WMV file into a format compatible with QuickTime. Follow these steps:

  1. There are various online converters available that can convert WMV files to other formats. One popular choice is CloudConvert.
  2. Visit the CloudConvert website ( and sign up for a free account if necessary.
  3. Click on “Select File” and choose the WMV file you want to convert.
  4. In the “Convert to” dropdown menu, select a format supported by QuickTime, such as MP4 or MOV.
  5. Click on the “Start Conversion” button to begin the conversion process.
  6. Once the conversion is complete, download the converted file to your Mac.
  7. You can now open the converted file using QuickTime or any other media player that supports the chosen format.

Option 3: Install Windows Media Components for QuickTime

If you frequently work with WMV files and prefer using QuickTime as your default media player, you can install Windows Media Components for QuickTime. This allows QuickTime to play WMV files directly. Here’s how:

  1. Visit the Microsoft website and search for “Windows Media Components for QuickTime.”
  2. Navigate to the official Microsoft page and download the installation package compatible with your Mac’s operating system version.
  3. Once downloaded, double-click on the installation package to begin the installation process.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. You may be required to enter your administrator password during this process.
  5. After successful installation, restart your Mac for changes to take effect.
  6. You can now open WMV files directly using QuickTime without any additional conversion steps.

With these options at your disposal, you can easily open WMV files on your Mac without any compatibility issues. Whether you choose to use VLC Media Player, convert the files to a QuickTime-compatible format, or install Windows Media Components for QuickTime, you’ll be able to enjoy your WMV videos effortlessly.

Happy viewing!

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