Use Windows Explorer’s context menu to convert files on the fly

Simply use Windows Explorer’s context menu to convert files on the fly with File Converter.

There are many file converters available both online and offline, but how about one that works from Windows File Explorer right click (context) menu? File Converter does just that.

File Converter is a free open source Windows program that converts and compresses a variety of file formats from the right click menu in Windows File Explorer. Once installed, it appears in the context (right click) menu.
It’s very easy to use; right click on a file (or several files) in Windows File Explorer, choose File Converter, and select the file format. A window opens showing the progress of the conversion and closes when it’s complete. Converted files are stored in the same folder as the source file and have the same name with a different extension.
File Converter won’t appear in the context menu if you right click on a file that isn’t supported, a nice touch that keeps the context menu less cluttered.

File Converter works with audio, video, image and document files and supports these formats:

Supported output formats Compatible input formats
Audio flac, aac, ogg, mp3, wav 3gp, aiff, ape, avi, bik, cda, flac, flv, m4a, mkv, mov, mp3, mp4, oga, ogg, wav, webm, wma, wmv
Video webm, mkv, mp4, ogv, avi, gif 3gp, avi, bik, flv, gif, m4v, mkv, mp4, mpeg, mov, ogv, webm, wmv
Image png, jpg, ico, webp bmp, exr, ico, jpg, jpeg, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga, webp, pdf, doc*, docx*, odt*, odp*, ods*, ppt*, pptx*, xls*,
xlsx*
Document pdf doc*, docx*, odt*, odp*, ods*, ppt*, pptx*, xls*, xlsx*, bmp, exr, ico, jpg, jpeg, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga

* You need to have Microsoft Office installed and activated in order to convert Office documents.

File Converter can be customized using the Windows program menu, though the defaults should work well for most people. It’s lightweight, fast and quite useful.
It’s worth noting that File Converter will work in some other file management programs as well as Windows File Explorer. It worked well in Directory Opus (paid program) and had a few misses in xplorer². The right click entry wasn’t available in some other file managers such as XYplorer and One Commander.

It runs on Windows Vista / 7 / 8 and 10, and the 32 bit and 64 bit installers (.msi) are clean according to VirusTotal.

The source code can be viewed on GitHub.

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