How to Play WMV on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user struggling to play WMV files on your device? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of playing WMV files on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Using VLC Media Player

If you don’t already have VLC Media Player installed on your Mac, download and install it from the official website. VLC is a free and open-source media player that supports various file formats including WMV.

Step 1: Launch VLC Media Player

Once installed, open VLC Media Player from your Applications folder or by searching for it in Spotlight.

Step 2: Open WMV File

In the top menu bar, click on “File” and select “Open File” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut “Command + O” to open the file.

Note: If you have multiple WMV files in the same folder, you can use “Open Folder” instead of “Open File” to play all files in that folder.

Step 3: Play WMV File

Locate and select the desired WMV file from your computer and click on the “Open” button. VLC will start playing the video automatically.

Method 2: Converting WMV to a Mac-compatible Format

If for some reason you prefer not to use VLC or if your WMV file still doesn’t play correctly, converting it to a Mac-compatible format might solve the issue. Here’s how:

Step 1: Choose a Video Converter

There are various video conversion tools available for Mac. One popular choice is Handbrake, which is free to download from the official website (

Step 2: Install and Launch Handbrake

After downloading Handbrake, follow the installation instructions and launch the application.

Step 3: Add WMV File to Handbrake

In Handbrake, click on the “Open Source” button and select “File” from the dropdown menu. Locate and choose the WMV file you want to convert.

Step 4: Choose Output Format

In the “Summary” tab, select a Mac-compatible output format such as MP4 or MOV from the “Container” dropdown menu.

Step 5: Convert WMV File

Choose the destination folder where you want to save the converted file by clicking on the “Browse” button. Once everything is set, click on the “Start” button to begin the conversion process.

Note: The conversion time depends on various factors including file size and your computer’s performance.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned two methods to play WMV files on your Mac.

By using VLC Media Player or converting WMV files to a Mac-compatible format, you can enjoy your videos hassle-free. Give these methods a try and let us know if you encounter any issues. Happy watching!

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