“Hi, how can I play back OPUS file? I’ve got some audio files with .opus suffix. I have no idea what OPUS file is and how to play it. I tried to use Windows Media Player to play these audio files back but failed. How can I play back OPUS audio files? Or do I need to convert OPUS files to other audio files for convenient playback? Please help me.”

Audio files with .opus suffix are quite rare. Therefore few people know what OPUS audio file format is and it could be played back with. Well, if you also want to know what OPUS file format is and how to play back OPUS audio file, this guide would be exactly what you are looking for.

Part 1: What is an OPUS file?

Firstly, let’s learn what OPUS file format is before we try to learn how to play back OPUS file and convert OPUS file for playback. An OPUS file is an audio file created in the Opus format (also called "Ogg Opus"), a lossy audio format developed for Internet streaming. It uses both SILK (used by Skype) and CELT (from Xiph.Org) codecs and supports variable bit rates from 6 kb/s to 510 kb/s.

The Opus codec is used for Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing, in-game chat. Since the Opus codec is primarily used for streaming, files with the ".opus" extension that are encoded with the Opus codec are not common. And this audio file format is not widely accepted by media players. But you could try VLC Media Player to play back OPUS audio files on Windows, Mac and Linux computers. It’s the best choice for you to play back OPUS audio files. If you want to play back OPUS audio files on other devices like Android devices, iOS devices, Microsoft devices, etc., or you don’t prefer VLC media player, you could try to convert OPUS audio files to MP3 file with various OPUS to MP3 converter tools, which will be discussed below in detail.

Part 2: 3 Best OPUS to MP3 converters

As mentioned above, converting OPUS to MP3 would be a wonderful solution to help you play back OPUS audio files on almost all audio players since MP3 is by far the most popular audio file format. You could make use of the below 3 best OPUS to MP3 converters to convert OPUS file to MP3 format on Windows and Mac. All of these 3 best OPUS to MP3 file converter have both Windows and Mac versions.
1. Leawo Video Converter


Leawo Video Converter is an all-in-one media converter combo that could help you easily convert videos, audios and image files between 200+ file formats. It includes video converter module that enables you to convert MP4 to MOV, MKV to MP4, AVI to MOV, FLV to WMV, Webm to MP4, WMV to MOV, etc., audio converter that allows you to convert audio files between various formats like MP3 to AAC, FLAC to MP3, WMA to FLAC, WAV to MP3, M4A to MP3, etc., and image file converter to convert image files to slideshow video and turn videos into image file in different formats. Converting OPUS file to MP3 is without doubt included. What’s more, it has quite a few wonderful bonus features that make it even more practical, including internal video editor, 3D movie creator, movie player, subtitle selecting and adding, etc. It’s the No.1 choice for you to convert OPUS file to MP3 format.
2. Leawo Music Recorder


Different from Leawo Video Converter that handles OPUS file to MP3 problem through converting, Leawo Music Recorder helps you convert OPUS audio to MP3 format through recording. No matter you have your OPUS audio files inside or outside of your computer, Leawo Music Recorder could record OPUS audio files and then save in MP3 or WAV file format. What makes Leawo Music Recorder stands out is that it could automatically download and add song tags like artist, album, artwork, title, etc. to recorded OPUS audio files. This makes it more convenient for managing recorded OPUS audio files since we know that OPUS audio files are mostly streaming audio files.
3. Online audio converter


The 3rd best OPUS to MP3 converter we would like to recommend is actually online audio converter. Online converters have their own advantages. Most of them are free of cost and safe, and have no need for download and installation. They are also very easy to use. Onlineconverterfree.com is the one we would highly recommend for. It includes various OPUS audio converters to help you convert OPUS audio files to MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, etc. You could easily convert OPUS audio files to MP3 format for free online with it.

Part 3: How to convert OPUS to MP3 using Leawo Video Converter

As mentioned above, Leawo Video Converter is the best audio converter to help you convert OPUS audio files to MP3 format. Now, we would look deep into the detailed operation on how to convert OPUS file to MP3 format by using Leawo Video Converter. The below steps would show you how to do this. But you have to firstly download and install Leawo Video Converter on your computer. Meanwhile, get your source OPUS files ready for converting.

Note: Leawo Video Converter is a module built in Leawo Prof. Media.
Step 1: Add source OPUS audio files


Kick off Leawo Prof. Media to enter the main program interface, and click “Video Converter” module or “Convert” menu to enter the Video Converter module. Then, directly drag and drop source OPUS audio files to this program, or click “Add Video” button and then choose “Add Video” option on the drop-down panel, on the pop-up “Open” interface choose “All Files” option in the box next to “File Name” box to browse and import OPUS audio files.
Step 2: Set MP3 as output format


After loading source OPUS audio files, click the button right before the big green “Convert” button on the sub-menu bar, then choose “Change” option on the drop-down panel to enter Profile panel. Now, go to “Format > Common Audio” group to choose MP3 audio as output format. You could adjust the MP3 parameters after setting it as output format by clicking the “Edit” option on the drop-down panel.
Step 3: Set output directory


After setting output format, click the big green “Convert” button. On the pop-up sidebar, set output directory in the “Save to” box and then click the bottom “Convert” button to start to convert OPUS audio files to MP3 format. The conversion will complete quickly.

After converting, you could have successfully turned your OPUS audio files to MP3 format. You could now play back OPUS audio files (in MP3 format now) in Windows Media Player, Free Blu-ray Player, QuickTime, etc.

Part 4: How to convert OPUS to MP3 via Music Recorder

Leawo Music Recorder, as mentioned above, could help you convert OPUS audio files to MP3 format via recording. It’s also an easy-to-use audio converter. No matter your OPUS audio files are stored in computer or on your mobile device, Leawo Music Recorder helps you do this perfectly. Download and install Leawo Music Recorder on your computer and then follow the below steps to learn how to convert OPUS file to MP3 format.

Step 1: Set output directory
Launch Leawo Music Recorder, and then click on the tiny microphone icon on the bottom left corner. Under the "General" tab to set output directory in the “Output” box.


Step 2: Set audio source
Move to the "Audio Source" tab and then choose "Record Computer Audio" option if your OPUS audio files will be played back on your computer, or “Record Audio Input” option if your OPUS audio file will be captured by your computer sound card via microphone.


Step 3: Set output format
Thirdly, open the "Format" tab to choose MP3 audio as output format. Adjust the audio bit rate and sample rate if you like.


Step 4: Start to record and convert OPUS audio file to MP3
With all settings done, click the red "Start" button before you play back OPUS audio file. It would then record and OPUS audio file immediately.


Leawo Music Recorder would automatically help you add and complete the music tags like artist, album, genre, cover, etc. Also, it allows you to manually edit these music tags by right clicking target recording and then choosing “Edit Music Tags” option.


Leawo Music Recorder could not only help you record and convert OPUS audio file to MP3, but also help you record and download songs from online music stations or streaming sources such as recording and downloading Spotify songs, podcast and online radio sites.

Part 5: How to convert OPUS to MP3 with online audio converter

Both the above 2 tools are paid software solutions. They all have their own shinning features and appealing points. However, if you want to convert OPUS file to MP3 free, try onlineconverterfree.com. This free online media converter could help you easily convert OPUS file to MP3 for free online.
The below steps would show you how to convert OPUS file to MP3 format with this online free audio converter in detail:
1. Search OPUS to MP3 converter on https://onlineconvertfree.com/ or directly open this page at https://onlineconvertfree.com/convert-format/opus-to-mp3/
2. Click the blue “Choose” button to browse and upload OPUS audio file to this free online audio converter for converting.
3. After uploading source OPUS file, choose MP3 as output format.
4. You could add more OPUS files for converting by clicking the “ADD MORE FILES” option. And choose “MP3” as output format for all uploaded OPUS files in the “CONVERT ALL FILES TO” option.
5. Then, click the “CONVERT” button to start converting OPUS file to MP3 online.
6. After converting, there will be a download link for you to click. Click it and download converted OPUS file to your computer.
There are also quite a few other online tools similar to onlineconverterfree.com, such as ZAMZAR, Convertio.co, etc.