WEBFI-WordPress-How to Add Audio Files and Create Playlists in WordPress

Do you want to add audio files to your WordPress site? As a content management system, WordPress is able to handle audio files by default. In this video, we will show you how to add audio files and create playlists in WordPress.

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Summary of this Tutorial:

By default WordPress supports mp3, ogg, and wav file formats and uses html5 audio tag to embed them and works really well on mobile devices.

If you want to add a single audio file, create a new post and click on add media, upload the audio file you want to add then click insert.

With the visual editor you can see the file embedded there, if you click on the text editor you will see the audio shortcode.

Now publish the post to see what it would look like.

You can add multiple audio files, when you have more than one you’ll see a link to create an audio playlist.

By default WordPress will bring in all of the meta data associated with the audio file but you can always click edit to change that info.

It even adds the album cover and lets you change it if you like.



  • BrightonMusic on January 18, 2016

    Good tutorial! Is there someway to sort the playlist by the viewer of the playlist?

  • Stefan on July 5, 2016

    BUT what i want is to make music play since someone open my wordpress site. got it? is that possible?

  • João de Deus on July 20, 2016


  • mnash3 on December 22, 2016

    Awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Abinash Bhatta on February 27, 2017

    how to add download button inside the playlist so that someone can listen the audio as well as he can download that audio

  • Angelika Healing Music on March 26, 2017

    Thank you for sharing this information, very helpful and generous of you

  • Corinne Pondell on April 9, 2017

    Every time I try to down load my audio file , a window pops up that says the file is not secure.

  • Ember Marie on September 15, 2017

    helpful video but it won't let me upload audio unless I pay for the premium plan, I haven't got the money for that :/

  • InspiredSolutions.Life on April 8, 2018

    You have great videos! Always useful and easy to follow. Thanks for all of your hard work 🙂

  • jacopotore1 on July 13, 2018

    ability upload m3u files wordpress
    and this video appear

  • Zishan Ahmad on December 15, 2018

    But when I do so It shows ' this file is not permitted for security reasons'.
    How can I overcome this?

  • Nea Dallavalle on January 14, 2019

    Very helpful – I was NOT aware that WP could host audio and even more so, create playlists. My problem is solved. THANK YOU.

  • sonam famarin on January 23, 2019

    Love it! Piece of Cake. ThankS

  • Phyllis Barnard on March 17, 2019

    Wish you had instructions about using the audio post format.

  • 7th Heaven on May 6, 2019

    I think this video needs to be updated. Nothing in my version of WP looks anything like this and I am lost.

  • Valerie Riese on May 18, 2019

    very helpful. Thank you very much!

  • melmann on June 25, 2019

    Hi, there is a way to create a playlist and insert it on a web who was already created ? not to create a new one just for the playlist ? thanks a lot, best

  • Ant Brad on August 13, 2019

    are we supposed to be able to follow that… Click on new post add it to where you want?… without any direction ??? "Create new post add media ??? your running off into nothing… what happened to step by step?? Even slowing this down we don't know what your doing

  • Andreu Teacher on August 15, 2019

    This is only possible if you pay the premium plan. Forget it!

  • The Enemy on August 26, 2019

    I like your voice you sound like you like oatmeal cookies.

  • Smorfnimda on September 22, 2019

    How do only have a sample of the audio file? like just 30 secs of it?

  • Erik Sanders on April 1, 2020

    Thanks. Looks easy enough. I'm waiting for my provider to increase the max. size for media files. It's now limited at 2M.

  • Julie Esquivelzeta on August 14, 2020

    Hi, how can I create a preview of the audio? I am using Woocommerce to sell digital downloads. So I need to show a preview before purchase so the client can listen and choose.
    I want to create a list with the price, and add to cart button, etc. I would appreciate any guidance. Thank you!

  • John Harrigan on November 24, 2020

    Simple and excellent how to video. Thank you!

  • Rafah Nayyal on May 14, 2021

    hi Dear ,
    I can't find the "create new playlist" option in my WordPress , please advice

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