Open RA files

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    RealAudio Audio Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a RA 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 RA file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your RA file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is RA file?

The extension RA identifies a RealMedia audio file.

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This suffix is often used as a reference to the location of an audio file on the Internet. It can also contain audio directly.

The container format developed by RealNetworks typically includes video and audio sources encoded with the proprietary, lossy Real Video or Real Audio compression technology.

RA files contain only audio sources encoded using RealAudio.

RealMedia is primarily used for streamed content, as it allows you to create and send different quality levels of a source material simultaneously. It is especially common in Asia.

If a player can not recognize and play the file with the extension RA, a change of the ending in ram will help.

Programs which can open a RA file

How to open file with RA extension?

In order to open a file with RA extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening RA 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 RA files, follow the instructions below.
Install RealPlayer or other program from the list

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

Set RealPlayer as the default program for opening RA 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 RA 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 RealPlayer applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where RealPlayer has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with RA files

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

  • File data is corrupted
  • RA 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 RA files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • RA 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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