.XM File Extension

Fasttracker 2 Extended Module

Developer Fasttracker
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What is an XM file?

An XM file is a music module created by Fasttracker 2, an audio tracker program. It contains MIDI data and sound samples that comprise a song. XM files are similar to .S3M and .MOD files but are saved in the Fasttracker Extended Module (XM) format.

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Screenshot of a .xm file in OpenMPT 1
XM file open in OpenMPT 1

Fasttracker 2, or Fasttracker II, is a music tracker released in the 1990s for MS-DOS by Fredrik Huss and Magnus Högdahl but it is no longer developed. The software allows you to create music by arranging patterns of samples in tracks.

When saving a composition with Fasttracker 2, the program creates an XM file to store the music. While Fasttracker 2 was discontinued in the 1990s, people may still export modules to the XM format with other applications.

How to open an XM file

You can open an XM file with various audio trackers and media players, including OpenMPT (Windows), Nullsoft Winamp (Windows), and VideoLAN VLC media player (multiplatform). For example, to open an XM file with OpenMPT, select File → Open.

How to convert an XM file

Various programs, such as OpenMPT and MilkyTracker, can convert XM files to other file types.

For example, OpenMPT can convert XM files to the following formats:

  • .MPTM - OpenMPT Module
  • .MID - MIDI File
  • .IT - Impulse Tracker Module
  • .WAV - WAVE Audio File
  • .FLAC - Free Lossless Audio Codec File
  • .AU - Audacity Audio File
  • .OPUS - Opus Audio File
  • .OGG - Ogg Vorbis Audio File
  • .RAW - Raw Audio Data
  • .MP3 - MP3 Audio File
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Programs that open XM files

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