This is a world of digit. Everything is digital now. Your files, your documents, and even your friends. With everything stored on your computer or cell phone, it’s really hard not to get confused sometime. Sometimes you forget where your files are stored at, sometimes you forget your password, and sometimes you see some files but you don’t even know where they are from or even how to open them, especially when you are dealing with some files that are not very common in our daily lives. For example, the APE file. What is this APE file? Why is it on my computer? Or how do I open APE file? If you have ever wondered any of these questions, you are in the right place. Because today we are going to introduce the APE file. We are going to talk about what an APE file is, and how to open APE file

Part 1: About .APE file

There are two possibilities for the identity of your APE file. The first kind of APE file is AVS Plugin Effects File. This APE file is a Component referenced by the Advanced Visualization Studio (AVS) plugin for Winamp. The file is mostly commonly used for creating programmable visual animations based on the music played by Winamp. If you are using Advanced Visualization Studio for your work, then most likely this APE file is this kind of file. To open this file, you just need Nullsoft Winamp with the Advanced Visualization Studio plugin.

But this is not the only APE file. There is another kind of APE file, which is more commonly used that the first one. APE file sometimes means a kind of Monkey’s Audio Lossless Audio File. This is an audio file compressed using Monkey’s Audio lossless compression algorithm. APE audio files include error detection and support for tags that store information about audio files; sometimes created with .CUE files to comprise an audio CD image. The Monkey’s Audio encoder is freely available and can be incorporated into other software programs. That means, APE files may be created with other programs besides Monkey’s Audio.

Because the second kind of APE file is more commonly used, we will mainly talk about this in the following chapters. If you are sure that your APE file is the first one, just download your Nullsoft Winamp with the Advanced Visualization Studio plugin and you should be able to open it.

Part 2: How to open .APE file

Knowing what a APE files is, if you want to know how to open your APE file, please keep reading.

There are a lot of programs can be used to open APE file as a Monkey’s Audio Lossless Audio File. Some of them can play the audio file for you, while others allow you to edit or add the APE file as a component for other projects.

File Viewer Plus

File Viewer Plus is a universal file opener for Windows that allows you to view, edit, save, and convert files. It natively supports over 300 different file formats and can display the contents of any file.

What’s different about this program is that, for each file you open, File Viewer Plus will not only open the file itself, but also display hidden file information and metadata in the Info panel. In the rare case that File Viewer Plus does not natively support a certain file format, you can still view the file contents using Text view or Hex view. So this is also a professional file info view program

Adobe Audition CC 2018

Adobe Audition is a digital audio workstation designed for professional audio editing. Audition for the Creative Cloud is the first 64-bit version of the application. It was purchased by Adobe from Syntrillium and renamed to Audition. Adobe Audition supports various input audio files, including APE. You can import APE files and edit them in Adobe Audition

Leawo Blu-ray Player

As a multifunctional media player for Windows and Mac, Leawo Blu-ray Player is probably your best choice if you just want to open an APE file. This media player has full support of all kinds of video and audio files with original quality retained. What’s more, it also supports the playback of all forms of Blu-ray and DVD materials, regardless of region code restriction.

Part 3: About Leawo Blu-ray Player

Let’s talk more about Leawo Blu-ray Player. Leawo Blu-ray Player is a free media player that fully supports almost all kinds of video and audio file like MP3, MP4, WMV, MKV and of course, APE. Not only that, Leawo Blu-ray player can play all those video or audio files without any quality loss and retain the best quality. As you can see from its name, The player is firstly designed to be a perfect solution for playing DVD and Blu-ray discs on PC, so Leawo Blu-ray Player can play all kinds of DVD or Blu-ray materials, including optimal discs, folders and ISO image files. And it can play DVD on Mac or PC across region, same for Blu-rays, which means just by installing Leawo Blu-ray Player, you can turn your PC into a region-free Blu-ray player with all the digital media formats support.


Leawo Free Blu-ray Player 

☉ 100% free movie player for Mac users to play Ultra HD 4K, 1080P and 720P video for free.

☉ Free Blu-ray disc player to play 4K Blu-ray disc and 1080P Blu-ray disc, regardless of disc protection and region code.

☉ Support multiple audio decoding systems like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc.

☉ Adjust subtitles, video and audio during media playback.


There are a lot of programs that can be used to open an APE file, the choice depends on what you need to do with the APE file. If you want to check the hidden information of the file like a pro, your best choice is File Viewer Plus; if you want to edit it as a media material, you can use Adobe Audition CC 2018; if you just want to open and listen to the audio, then it’s highly recommended that you try the free player: Leawo Blu-ray Player.