.APE File Extension

File Type:
AVS Plugin Effects File

Having trouble opening .ape extension? Don't panic! This page explains what ape files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open ape files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is an APE file?

Ape file extension has AVS Plugin Effects file type, developed by Nullsoft, which is associated with the "plugin files" category.

Effects file is commonly associated with the Advanced Visualization Studio (AVS) plugin for Winamp. It is used to provide visual animations that depend on the audio tracks played through Winamp.


To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

ape file icon
File Type:
AVS Plugin Effects File
Plugin Files

How to open APE file?

Double click the ape file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .ape extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the ape extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the ape file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open APE files

  • Windows Windows
    • Nullsoft Winamp with the Advanced Visualization Studio plugin Nullsoft Winamp with the Advanced Visualization Studio plugin

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the ape file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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