Sometimes users encounter problems when trying to open previously unfamiliar file types. An example is the OGG file. Most users have never encountered files of this type and may have various problems when trying to open them. However, there are special programs that can help users with this
What you need to run an OGG file on Windows 10
Since modern computers are quite sophisticated machines, they can play and create many different files and formats. This applies to text documents as well as various video or audio files.
This is especially true for the Windows system. On it, there are many different converters and players that can play a variety of files.
Since in the modern world a lot of different programs for video editing, image editing, or audio recording, it isn’t surprising that many formats of ordinary files were created in which you can write different information.
The same can be said of OGG files. If this is the first time you encounter this type of audio file on your Windows 10 or 11, you may have a problem figuring out how to properly handle it.
Luckily, there are many different ways to play OGG files using your computer.
What is an OGG File
There are many different file types on your computer. Among them, you can find a file with the extension .ogg. Many users, when they first encounter this file type, do not quite understand what it’s and why it may be needed.
In fact, the answer is quite simple. OGG is an Ogg Vorbis compressed audio file which has, in addition to the audio track, also information about the artist and the track, as well as other metadata.
The word Vorbis is a coding scheme developed by the creators of the OGG format from the company Xiph.org. However, OGG files that are not considered Vorbis can also include other types of audio compression. For example, Flac or Speex. Such files most often use their own .OGA extension.
Besides, there are cases when OGG files are not audio files. In this case, they’re most often Origin Graph files. Such files cannot be played with the media player but must be opened with a specialized graphing program.
How you can open OGG files on Windows
Many popular music players support OGG files. Some of the most popular ones are:
- Windows Media Player (with Directshow filter)
- Xion Audio Player
- Audials One
- Adobe Audition
There is also a way to open these files online or with your browser. To open such a file online you can use the built-in tool in Google Drive to play audio files. Simply upload your file there and run it directly from the cloud.
Alternatively, you can open these files online in your Chrome or Opera and Firefox browser. All of these browsers are capable of opening OGG files in a streaming mode without the need to upload the file to a separate program.
If we’re talking about an OGG file that isn’t an audio file. Most likely they’re graph files. To open them, you can use the simple program Origin Viewer. This is a free app from the same company that develops Origin. It allows you to view and copy information from graphical OGG files.
It should be noted that starting from version v2018 Origin saves graphs in the OGGU format. This format can also be opened in the program Origin or Origin Pro
How to convert files to the OGG format
You can also convert audio files to the OGG format manually using various utilities online or on your PC. In the same way, you can convert OGG to other audio file formats like MP3, WAV, MP4 or similar.
Some popular online converters include FileZigZag or Zamzar. They’re capable of converting your OGG file into any of the aforementioned formats, as well as converting it back to OGG.
In addition, if you do not like the idea of uploading your files on the Internet, you can use the free converters that you will install on your PC. For example converters like Free Audio Converter and MediaHuman Audio Converter.
If you’re talking about Origin OGG files, you can save them as OTP files in the Origin App. To do this, you need to click File > Save Template As at the top of the program. This will save the file as an Origin Graph Template file.
Is it possible to open the OGG files on other systems
If the files can be opened by other systems, like macOS or Linux, then these users also have the possibility to open the OGG files.
For the Mac, some of the programs in the list above will work, such as Roxio Toast and Elmedia Player. For Linux, you’ll need to download Miro and VLC. These programs support playback of OGG files on Linux.
In addition, most GPS devices and other media players support OGG. To play this format on your mobile device, you will need an app like VLC or OPlayer HD.
This information will help you understand how to work with OGG files.