The File Extensions Database

.MPG File Extension

  • Category: Video Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .MPG file?

.MPG is MPEG Video File

An MPG file is a common video file that uses a digital video format standardized by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). It stores video, audio, and metadata interleaved together. MPG files are often used for creating movies that are distributed on the Internet.

MPG file open in Microsoft Windows Media Player 12

MPG files typically incorporate MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 audio and video compression. MPEG-1 is one of the most widely used lossy video/audio formats in the world since it is supported by a large number of video and audio applications. MPEG-2 was developed to improve on the shortcomings of MPEG-1, which includes only a two channel audio compression system and insufficient support for the demands of higher resolution video.

MPG files are saved in a program stream container format known as PS or MPEG-PS. The format stores audio, video, and metadata that has been interleaved together in one stream for efficient deliverability.

If you receive an MPG file, there are a large number of applications you can use to open it. Windows Media Player comes bundled with Windows and QuickTime Player comes with macOS. There are also many free and commercial applications, such as VLC media player and Elmedia Player.

Programs that open MPEG Video File
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Media Player
VideoLAN VLC media player
Nullsoft Winamp
CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra
CyberLink PowerDVD 17
CyberLink PowerProducer 6
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
Apple QuickTime Player
VideoLAN VLC media player
Eltima Elmedia Player
Adobe Flash Professional CC
VideoLAN VLC media player
olimsoft OPlayer

How to solve problems with MPG files

  • Associate the MPG file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any MPG file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.MPG files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the MPG 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 .MPG is MPEG Video File. Because only the current version supports the latest MPG file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .MPG is MPEG Video File update.
  • To make sure that your MPG file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.