.APE File Extension

2 file types use the .ape file extension.

AVS Plugin Effects File

Developer Nullsoft
3.1  |  21 Votes

What is an APE file?

An APE file is a component referenced by the Advanced Visualization Studio (AVS) plugin for the Nullsoft Winamp media player. It stores effect information referenced by the AVS plug to configure visual animations displayed when playing music with Winamp.

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Winamp is a free Windows media player that supports various multimedia formats, such as .MP3, .M4A, and .MP4. The app also supports plugins to extend its functionality. For example, AVS is a supported plugin that allows you to visualize audio by displaying animations, such as explosions and waveforms, as it plays in Winamp.

Location of APE Plugin Effect files

If you have installed Winamp and the AVS plugin, you can find APE plugin effect files in the following directory:

C:\​Program Files (x86)\​Winamp\​Plugins\​AVS

How to open an APE file

APE files are not meant to be opened. Instead, Nullsoft Winamp (with the Advanced Visualization Studio plugin installed) references the APE files.

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Programs that open or reference APE files

Monkey's Audio

Developer Monkey's Audio
2.9  |  22 Votes
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An APE file may also be an audio file saved in the Monkey's Audio format. It typically contains a single song or other audio track. APE files are commonly paired with .APL files, which describe an APE file's contents. Typically, users create APE files with the Monkey's Audio compression utility.

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Screenshot of a .ape file in VideoLAN VLC media player
APE file open in VideoLAN VLC media player

Monkey's Audio is a utility that allows users to losslessly compress .WAV, .AIFF, .SND, .W64, .AU, and .CAF files, to reduce their file sizes while preserving their sound quality. These compressed audio files are saved as APE files.

Using Monkey's Audio, users can decompress APE files to their original format. Additionally, several media players allow users to play the audio that APE files contain (without decompressing the files).

NOTE: Some APE files contain multiple songs, compressed and packaged together. If your APE file contains multiple songs, and you want to play the songs it contains separately, you'll need an associated .CUE file (which media players use to split files that contain multiple audio tracks into separate playable tracks).

How to open an APE file

If you want to decompress an APE file (restoring it to its original audio format), you can do so with Monkey's Audio (Windows).

To play the audio an APE file contains, you can use VideoLAN VLC media player (multiplatform), MPlayer (multiplatform), or APE Player (Windows).

How to convert an APE file

You can use FFmpeg, VideoLAN VLC media player, or APE Player to convert APE files to other audio formats. FFmpeg and VLC can convert APE files to several common formats. APE Player can convert APE files to the .WAV format.

Programs that open APE files

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