How to open WPL files on PC

Madalina Dinita
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WPL files contain the .wpl file extension. These types of files are commonly used by Microsoft’s Windows Media Player, which is the default application that can open them. However, you can open such files using several other applications that allow users to listen to and view media data.

What you should know before opening WPL files

To avoid any problems when opening WPL files, you should understand that they don’t actually contain media files. Instead, they store references to audio or video files. By opening a WPL file, you will be playing a list of audio or video files that can even be located in different folders.

Essentially, the WPL file is a playlist of songs. This also means that you should not alter the video and audio files contained in the WPL playlist. If you do, the application playing the file won’t locate them.

How do I open WPL files?

1. Adobe Audition

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For opening almost all types of audio files, as well as editing and adding effects, we recommend using Adobe Audition. It is a professional audio editor that seamlessly integrates with other Creative Cloud apps, such as Premiere Pro to make content creation a breeze.

Supporting Multitrack and Waveform views, you can easily cut, inspect, and enhance audio tracks like a pro. Additionally, Adobe Audition can help clean up and restore audio content to make it sound like it was recorded in a professional studio.

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2. Microsoft Windows Media Player

  1. Open Microsoft Windows Media Player.
  2. Select File in the menu bar. On the drop-down menu that appears, click on Open…
  3. After clicking Open a pop-up window appears where you can browse through your computer’s files. Search through for the WPL file you want to play. Select the file and click Open.
  4. The WPL file will start playing.

3. VLC Media Player

  1. Open VLC Media Player.
  2. Select Media in the menu bar. A drop-down menu will appear where you can then click on Open file
  3. Browse through your computer’s files for the WPL file you want to play. Select the file and click Open.
  4. The WPL file will start playing.

You can download a free version of the latest VLC Media Player from the VideoLAN website.


4. AllPlayer Media Player

  1. Open AllPlayer Media Player.
  2. Click the folder icon at the bottom left corner of the media player interface and a menu will appear. Select Open video file or Open audio file, depending on which type of files are in the playlist of the WPL file you want to open.
  3. Search for the WPL file you want to play. Select it and click Open.
  4. The WPL file will start playing.

Download the latest version of the AllPlayer Media Player from the AllPlayer website.


5. ZOOM Player MAX Media Player

  1. Open ZOOM Player MAX Media Player.
  2. Locate the folder icon at the bottom center of the media player interface, and click on it.
  3. A pop-up window will appear where you can browse through your computer’s files. Search for the WPL file you want to play. After selecting file, click Open.
  4. The WPL file will start playing.

Download the latest version of ZOOM Player MAX Media Player from the Inmatrix website.


6. Maxthon 5 Browser

Yes, that’s right. You can simply use your browser application to open media files.

Of course, certain browsers work better than others and they typically use browser extensions from specific media players, such as VLC Media Player. The Maxthon 5 Browser is one such multi-talented browser you can use to open WPL files.

Go to the Maxthon Cloud Browser website and download the latest browser version. Once you’ve installed it, follow this simple step-by-step process to open your WPL files:

  1. Search for the WPL file in your computer.
  2. Once you find the WPL file, right-click on it. A drop-down menu will appear. Move and hover your cursor on the Open with option. Here, another drop-down menu will appear next to the first one. Check if the Maxthon option is available and click on it.
  3. In case, the Maxthon option isn’t available on the second drop-down menu, select Choose default program…
  4. A pop-up window will appear where you can browse and select the appropriate application you wish to use; in this case, the Maxthon browser.
  5. After clicking on the Maxthon browser option, your WPL file will start playing on the browser.

7. Mozilla Firefox

You can also use the Mozilla Firefox browser to open media files. It uses browser extensions from specific media players, such as VLC Media Player. Hence, this multi-talented browser can open WPL files.

Go to the Mozilla Firefox Browser website and download the latest browser version. Once you’ve installed it, follow this simple step-by-step process to open your WPL files:

  1. Search for the WPL file in your computer.
  2. Once you find the WPL file, right-click on it. A drop-down menu will appear. Move and hover your cursor over the Open with option. Here, another drop-down menu will appear next to the first one. Check if the Firefox option is available and click on it.
  3. After clicking on the Firefox browser option, your WPL file will start playing on the browser.

8. Convert WPL to M3U

You can use Windows Media Player to convert your Windows Media Player generated playlists (the WPL files) into M3U playlists. The M3U playlists can then be opened by a wider range of media players, even those which can’t open WPL files.

Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Search for the WPL file in your computer.
  2. Once you find the WPL file, right-click on it. A drop-down menu will appear. Move and hover your cursor over the Open with option. Here, another drop-down menu will appear next to the first one. Check if the Windows Media Player option is available and click on it.
  3. Once you click on the Windows Media Player option, the WPL file will start playing on the application. As the WPL file is playing, click on the Switch to Library icon at the top right corner of the media player.
  4. The media player interface will change.
  5. Now click on the File option in the menu bar and select Save Now Playing list as…save WPL file playlist
  6. A new window will appear with folder options for where you can save the playing list. It also has an option for selecting the format in which you’ll save the playing list.
  7. You can change the file name to any other name you wish. And also select the M3U Playlist (*.m3u) option in the Save as type section. Now, save the document.save WPL file
  8. You can then open the M3U file using a wider range of media players that can’t open WPL files.

Using these useful options, you’ll no longer have any issues opening WPL files.


FAQ: Opening WPL file type

  • What is a WPL file?

WPL is a Microsoft proprietary format to store playlist information. It can be opened with a variety of audio players as shown in this guide.

  • How do you convert a WPL file to mp3?

The process is a bit tricky, but you can do the conversion by following the instructions listed above.

  • How do I create a WPL playlist?

Open Windows Media Player > Click on Library > Playlists > Create Playlist > Give the playlist a name > Drag and drop the audio files to the playlist.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2017 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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