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Wave Recovery Tool

Tool to display wave file header information and to restore corrupted wave file headers.

This program was originally developed to recover damaged wave files which were destroyed due to a bug in the audio application Logic. See this blog post for more details.


Wave Recovery Tool is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License Version 3.


Wave Recovery Tool is developed by David Hofmann <>


To use the wave recovery tool, a Python 3 installation is required.

Furthermore, a copy of wave recovery tool needs to be downloaded or cloned with git using the green Clone or download button on the top right corner of this page. All commands below must be executed in the cloned or downloaded and extracted directory containing the file

For all commands below, python3 is assumed to be in the system's executable PATH. If your system reports that python3 can not be found, its containing directory must either be added to the PATH variable or python3 must be replaced with the absolute path to the Python 3 interpreter.


The tool provides two functionalities:

  1. Displaying wave file header information
  2. Restoring corrupted wave file headers

Displaying Header File Information

To display header information for a specific wave file, invoke the tool as follows:

python3 /path/to/file.wav

The tool can also display wave header information for all files contained in a directory:

python3 /path/to/directory

All available header fields will be shown. In case a wave file header is damaged, error messages prefixed with [ERROR] will be displayed. In case size headers (particularly chunk size and data subchunk size) are not consistent with the overall wave file size, warnings prefixed with [WARNING] will be displayed. An example output looks like this:

Displaying Wave File Header Data for File MyWaveFile.wav
Number of Bytes: 3435091
Reading Wave Header...
Header contains the following bytes (hexadecimal): 52 49 46 46 4B 6A 34 00 57 41 56 45 66 6D 74 20 10 00 00 00 01 00 01 00 44 AC 00 00 CC 04 02 00 03 00 18 00 64 61 74 61 15 44 34 00
Chunk Size: 3435083
Subchuck Size: 16
Audio Format: 1
Number of Channels: 1
Sample Rate: 44100
Byte Rate (number of bytes per second): 132300
Bytes per Sample in all Channels (Block Align): 3
Bits per Sample: 24
Data Subchunk Size: 3425301
[WARNING] Data subchunk size does not match file size. Should be 3435047, but is: 3425301 (difference: 9746)

Restoring Damaged Wave File Headers

This tool is capable of restoring damaged wave files under the following conditions:

  • The wave file header (stored in the first 44 bytes of wave files) is damaged or contains errors
  • The raw audio data is still stored in the file starting at byte 45

The tool will write a valid wave file header and append the available raw audio data. To restore damaged wave files, supply the --restore (short: -r) option along with a source and destination path. Source and destination path can either be:

  • A source file and a destination file or
  • A source directory and a destination directory

In the second case, the source directory will be scanned for wave files and the restored versions of the files will be saved in the destination folder.

Note that if corresponding files already exist in the destination path, these will not be overwritten for safety reasons. In case you want files to be overwritten, you have to delete the destination folder manually.

If no further parameters are supplied, the following defaults are assumed:

  • Sample Rate: 44,100 Hz
  • Bits per Sample: 16
  • Number of channels: 1 (Mono)

These values can be changed with the following parameters:

  • Sample Rate: -s or --sample_rate
  • Bits per Sample: -b or --bits_per_sample
  • Number of Channels: -c or --channels

Examples are provided below:

Restore wave files with 44 kHz sample rate, 16 bits per sample, Mono:

python3 -r /path/to/directory/containing/wavefiles /path/to/destination/directory

Restore wave files with 44 kHz sample rate, 24 bits per sample, Mono:

python3 -r -b 24 /path/to/directory/containing/wavefiles /path/to/destination/directory

Restore wave files with 96 kHz sample rate, 24 bits per sample, Mono:

python3 -r -s 96000 -b 24 /path/to/directory/containing/wavefiles /path/to/destination/directory

Restore wave files with 96 kHz sample rate, 24 bits per sample, Stereo:

python3 -r -s 96000 -b 24 -c 2 /path/to/directory/containing/wavefiles /path/to/destination/directory


If this wave recovery tool helped you to restore your damaged wave files, I would appreciate a donation at Thank you very much!

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