The File Extensions Database

.MOV File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple
  • Category: Video Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .MOV file?

.MOV is Apple QuickTime Movie

A MOV file is a common multimedia container file format developed by Apple and compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms. It may contain multiple tracks that store different types of media data and is often used for saving movies and other video files. MOV files commonly use the MPEG-4 codec for compression.

MOV file open in Apple QuickTime Player X

MOV files may contain video, audio, timecode, and text tracks, which can be used to store and synchronize different types of media. Each media track may be encoded using one of several different codecs. In order to play a MOV file, an application must be able to recognize the specific codec(s) used in the file.

You can convert MOV files to more standard media file formats with various media applications. For example, VLC media player allows you to convert a MOV video to an .MP4 file or a MOV audio file to the .OGG format.

NOTE: MOV and MP4 files are similar and can both be played by QuickTime. However, MP4 files are recognized as an international standard and are more widely supported than MOV files.

Programs that open Apple QuickTime Movie
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6
CyberLink PowerDVD 17
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
VideoLAN VLC media player
Axilesoft ACG Player
Apple QuickTime Player
Eltima Elmedia Player
Roxio Toast 17
Roxio Popcorn
VideoLAN VLC media player
VideoLAN VLC media player
olimsoft OPlayer
VideoLAN VLC for iOS 2
Google Drive
Google Drive
J2 Interactive MX Player
Google Drive

How to solve problems with MOV files

  • Associate the MOV file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any MOV file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.MOV files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the MOV file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .MOV is Apple QuickTime Movie. Because only the current version supports the latest MOV file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Apple manufacturer website after an available .MOV is Apple QuickTime Movie update.
  • To make sure that your MOV file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.