How to Play Windows Media Files on your iMac Macbook Pro

Want to play Windows Media files (wmv, mms, wma, asx) on your Macintosh Safari and Chrome browser?

You’ll need to install a free plugin that will give your Mac Quicktime player the extensions it needs to play Microsoft Windows content.

Here are the steps to install the required plugin:


1. Download the free flip4mac plugin from Microsoft’s website and install per the simple instructions on that page.

2. Restart your Safari or Google Chrome browser and launch a page with Windows Media content to see if it’s working.

3. If you still see ‘plugin needed’, then you may need to manually enable the plugin in your browser.  In Google Chrome, type chrome://plugins/ in the browser window and (assuming you’ve already installed the plugin) scroll down the page to click on enable for the Flip4Mac WMV plugin.

That’s it.

3 thoughts on “How to Play Windows Media Files on your iMac Macbook Pro”

  1. I have an mms live stream, running on Windows 2003 server. Although the Flip4Mac option works, no many users are willing to go that route. I found if you create an “.asx” file in your web server pointing to the windows media server’s publishing point, ex: href=”myServer/Mylist.asx” target=”_blank” it works on MAC (it actually uses QuickTime in the browser). On a PC any browser will use the windows media player plugin.

  2. To play WMA on Mac, you may install a WMA player or convert WMA to Mac more supported MP3, AAC, AIFF,

    iDealshare VideoGo can directly play WMA without conversion.

    iDealshare VideoGo also can convert WMA to MP3, AAC, AIFF, M4A, ALAC, WAV etc audio format.

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