OGG File Documentation

OGG format files are a compressed file container that is used to store and distribute various types of audio data. OGG format files use unpatented audio compression developed by Ogg Vorbis.

Files with the OGG extension are very often used when creating various types of music files. OGG format files are very similar to the popular MP3 format, but they have much better quality of audio data while maintaining the same size.


Feature Value
File Extension .ogg
Primary Use Audio and Video
Developed by Xiph.Org Foundation
MIME Type audio/ogg, video/ogg
Compression Type Lossy and Lossless
File Signature OggS
Looping Capabilities Supported
Metadata Support Extensive (including custom and extended comments)
Main Audio Codec Vorbis
Main Video Codec Theora
Other Supported Codecs Opus (audio), Speex (audio), FLAC (lossless audio), and more
Streaming Capability Supported (Icecast, etc.)
Sample Rate (Vorbis) From 6 kHz to 192 kHz
Quality at Low Bitrate Superior to many lossy formats
Channels (Vorbis) Up to 255 channels
Licensing Free and open-source
Container Flexibility Can multiplex a number of independent streams for audio, video, text (subtitles), and metadata