What is a .ASF File And How To Open It – Microsoft

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .asf extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .asf file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .ASF file?

The .ASF file extension is Advanced Systems Format File. This file extension was developed by Microsoft. The format of this file is binary, and it is a video related file.

What to know

There are currently 6 software that can open the .asf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .ASF file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .ASF file on various operating systems.

How to open a .ASF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .asf file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Applian Replay Converter software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Microsoft Windows Media Player, Nullsoft Winamp, VideoLAN VLC media player, Applian Replay Converter and NCH WavePad.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ASF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Applian Replay Converter software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .ASF file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .asf file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the VideoLAN VLC media player, ShedWorx Smart Converter and NCH WavePad software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .ASF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the VideoLAN VLC media player software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .ASF file on Linux

To open the .asf file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the VideoLAN VLC media player software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is VideoLAN VLC media player.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .ASF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the VideoLAN VLC media player software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .ASF file?

If you cannot open the .ASF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .ASF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .ash – Nintendo Wii System Menu File, .ash – KoLmafia, .ash – Audiosurf, .ashbak – Ashampoo, .ashdisc – Ashampoo. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .ASF file with the Applian Replay Converter, Microsoft Windows Media Player, Nullsoft Winamp, VideoLAN VLC media player, NCH WavePad programs on Windows, VideoLAN VLC media player, ShedWorx Smart Converter, NCH WavePad programs on Mac and VideoLAN VLC media player software on Linux.