Open MID files

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Have you encountered a problem with a MID file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a MID file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your MID file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is MID file?

Files with this extension are linked to the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) standard. These are then available in standard MIDI format (SMF). MIDI is a standardized digital interface for musical instruments.

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MID files contain data for pitch, duration, stop, and control commands for synthesizers. But they are also used directly to control music studio or stage equipment and then consist only of control commands.

MIDI data is used to control synthesizers and other sound generators. The MID files therefore contain no audio data other than MP3. To listen to the music you need a synthesizer, either as hardware or software. The sound then depends solely on the synthesizer used.

Many musicians use MIDI for composing. With the help of programs called sequencers (eg Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio) several electronic instruments up to the virtual Philharmonic Orchestra can be successively recorded and edited.

Programs which can open a MID file

How to open file with MID extension?

In order to open a file with MID extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening MID file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with MID files, follow the instructions below.
Install QuickTime Player or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening MID files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support MID files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of MID files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set QuickTime Player as the default program for opening MID files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate MID files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the QuickTime Player applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where QuickTime Player has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with MID files

Sometimes problems with opening MID files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • MID files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open MID files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • MID file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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