What is a .RA File And How To Open It – RealNetworks (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .ra extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .ra file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .RA file?

The .RA file extension is RealAudio File. The development of this file was done by RealNetworks. The file has the binary format, and it is a audio related file.

What to know

There are currently 5 software that can open the .ra file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .RA file?

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

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Converter software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20, JRiver Media Center, VideoLAN VLC media player and DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Converter.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .RA 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: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Converter software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .RA file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .ra file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is 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: Finding your .RA 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: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .RA file on Linux

The .ra file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the VideoLAN VLC media player software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: VideoLAN VLC media player.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .RA 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. 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 Linux.

How to open a .RA file on Android

To open the .ra file on Android, please follow these easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .RA file in the download folder

First of all 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 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the RealNetworks RealTimes Video Maker software and install it. You could also download the RealNetworks RealTimes Video Maker software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .RA file?

If you are still unable to open the .RA file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .RA file.rad – Reality, .rad – Valve, .rad – Citrix, .rad – Radiance, .radiumkey2 – CatPig Studios. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .RA file with the DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Converter, RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20, JRiver Media Center, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Windows, VideoLAN VLC media player program on Mac, VideoLAN VLC media player software on Linux and RealNetworks RealTimes Video Maker software on Android.