[UWP] Playing Wav and Mp3 in a Universal Windows Application

Are you looking for the fastest and simplest way to play waves and mp3 in your UWP without adding a Medialement to your XAML Tree? This tutorial shows you how use the MediaPlayer API to fire-and-forget audio clips.

I’ve written a lot about playing audio in XAML apps. I’ve used SharpDX, Native DirectX and more recently Audiograph. All this was to avoid having to add a MediaElement to the XAML tree. With XNA we could use the SoundEffect to fire-and-forget audioclips and Windows 8 never had a simple alternative to that.

UWP has come a long way since Windows 8 and here’s how you can use the MediaPlayer API to play wave and mp3 files.

Download the demo project here: https://github.com/madeinouweland/windows-10-uwp-wav-mp3-mediaplayer


UWP MediaPlayer

The MediaPlayer is part of UWP since v10.0.10240.0 and can be used like this:

private void OnButtonWavClick(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

private void Play(string fileName)
    var mediaPlayer = new MediaPlayer();
    mediaPlayer.Source = MediaSource.CreateFromUri(new Uri($"{fileName}", UriKind.RelativeOrAbsolute));

Download the demo project with audio examples here: https://github.com/madeinouweland/windows-10-uwp-wav-mp3-mediaplayer

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