Play WMV on Mac

Category: Apple-Mac , Music , Video

I have a WMV (Windows Media) video file. But of course I don't have Windows Media Player on my Mac. Can I play this video with QuickTime on the Mac, or convert it to MPEG format?

Playing Windows Media Files on QuickTime

Yes, you can play a WMV file on your Mac. With the recent release of Windows Media Components for QuickTime, you can play Windows Media audio and video files (WMA, WMV) directly in the QuickTime Player and also view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser.

Flip4Mac WMV is comprised of a collection of QuickTime™ components that enables Mac OS X users to play, import and export Windows Media files using QuickTime-based applications. Both the PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh systems are supported, on Mac OS X version 10.3.9 and QuickTime version 6.5 or later.

You can download Flip4Mac WMV free of charge, and if you purchase an upgrade, you can import Windows Media files for editing, create Windows Media files for distribution, and export to other formats. Note that this product does not support files that are protected with Windows Media digital rights management (DRM).

Windows Media Player for Mac?

Another option is to download the Windows Media Player for Mac from the Microsoft website.

Microsoft says they will continue to offer Windows Media Player version 9 as a free download for Macintosh users, but they will no longer provide support or updates for this product. So in the long run, you may be better off going with the Flip4Mac WMV addon for QuickTime.

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Most recent comments on "Play WMV on Mac"

Posted by:

30 Nov 2006

Another Mac app that comes in handy is iSquint, which converts several file formats, including WMV, into QuickTime (and iTunes, and PSP) compatible MPEG-4 files.

Posted by:

29 Mar 2007

hi i am trying to download the windows media player to be able to play .wmv flies on my mac, when i go to the windows wesite and downlaod the win media player its downloaded in a .stx file or something, when i click on this it just says cannot open is there a easier way to download?

EDITOR'S NOTE: It's in BinHex (.hqx) format, which should be recognized by any Mac system. Are you downloading to a Mac or Windows machine?

Posted by:

Claire Drouault
30 Oct 2007

My mac has suddenly stopped opening files my friends send me with .wmv extensions. I downloaded and updated my WMV player and the Flip-for-Mac download of Quicktime but nothing will open these files. It used to work. What do I do?

Posted by:

27 Dec 2007

to give answer to your question,
you can download flip4mac
with this programm you can play your wmv and wma files on your mac

Posted by:

27 Nov 2008

I use iSquint. It is really good. And now its shareware is open now.

VisualHub is a good WMV Converter for Mac.

Posted by:

07 Jan 2009

I downloaded flipmac on my mac to view WMV files but it still does not work. Is there an extra step involved in the download process?

Posted by:

22 Mar 2009

I have found that some WMV files are ok with Flip4Mac but there are some which when you play them, give you audio but no video. I have tried with Windows Media Player for Mac too but it seems there is a codec that isn't supported by either platform. Another forum I read said this is the Windows Media Video Image codec. Does anyone out there have a solution for playing these particular files on a Mac? I managed to get them playing on WMP on a PC fine after installing the G2M3 codec, which makes sense as the files we are playing are from a webinar, and that is what GoToMeeting specialises in, but still no joy with the Mac. Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Posted by:

07 Jun 2009

Have you had any luck? I have the same problem. I have tried FLIP4MAC and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and have had no luck.

Posted by:

13 Jan 2010

Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac is the optimal Mac Video Converter for portable players. With this best Mac Video Converter, you can easily convert your favorite videos for iPhone, iPod, PSP and other players on Mac OS X.

Posted by:

25 Jun 2010

Why shall we choose Pavtube Video Converter for Mac?
The following details attracted us:
Enjoy videos like TiVo, M2TS, MOD, VOB, AVI, WMV, MKV, Flash videos etc everywhere with portable devices like Quicktime, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Blackberry etc.
Faster conversion speed, saving you at least half time to convert a same file.
Better output video quality without any audio and video sync issues.

Posted by:

20 Jul 2010

I have a digital copy of a blue ray but cannot download it to my Mac. I would like to transfer into I Tunes so that I can put it on my I pad. I have downloaded Flip 4 Mac so that I can watch it but cannot down load. Any help please.

Posted by:

15 Sep 2010

Ok I have made a video with my cam on my HP computer. Can I convert it before I email it to my friend who has a mac??

Posted by:

Richard Wendel
18 Dec 2011

I have a Mac (Intel 10.6.8) and downloaded Flip-4-Mac two years ago. This has been trouble-free to someone who has problems with anything 'software'. Except for one other app- Elmedia Player- this service provided the un-advertised ability of nearly automatically playing and recording YouTube videos, where ALL others failed.

Posted by:

09 Mar 2015

WMV (Windows Media Video) format is Microsoft's proprietary video file format which Apple's Mac OS X system and QuickTime player don't support this format.

An article introduces two methods to play WMV on Mac at:

Method One: Play WMV on Apple's computer with Windows system

Method Two: Convert WMV to Mac OS X System Supported Formats

Posted by:

20 Apr 2015

I use iDealshare VideoGo to directly play WMV on Mac.
Besides play WMV, it also can convert WMV to Mac more supported MP4 or MOV.

Here is just the step by step guide at

It also helps to convert MOV to WMV, or convert WMV to MP4, DV, ProRes, MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, FLV, MKV etc.

Posted by:

07 Jul 2019

Avdshare Video Converter can easily convert the WMV file format to Mac QuickTime more supported MOV, MP4 and then users can smoothly play the converted WMV file on Mac without any format incompatibility issue.

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