Extracting AMR Audio from Android 3GP Files


The Android MediaRecorder currently records audio in AMR format and stores that within a 3GP container which provides metadata for the recording. Thanks to Sebastian Annies at Core Media it is possible to extract the AMR audio from the 3GP file using isobox4j. If you can’t play .amr files on your Windows machine, then I suggest K-Lite Codec Pack.

package com.benmccann.audio;

import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.OutputStream;

import com.coremedia.iso.FileRandomAccessDataSource;
import com.coremedia.iso.IsoFile;
import com.coremedia.iso.IsoOutputStream;
import com.coremedia.iso.mdta.Sample;

public class ThreegpReader {

  private final static int ANDROID_AUDIO_TRACK_NUM = 3;
  private final File inputFile;
  public ThreegpReader(File file) throws FileNotFoundException {
    this.inputFile = file;
  public void extractAmr(OutputStream outputStream) throws IOException {
    IsoFile iso = new IsoFile(new FileRandomAccessDataSource(inputFile));
    IsoOutputStream isoOutput = new IsoOutputStream(outputStream, false);

    // write an AMR header
    isoOutput.write(new byte[] {0x23, 0x21, 0x41, 0x4d, 0x52, 0x0a});
    // write the audio content
    for (Sample sample : iso.getTrack(ANDROID_AUDIO_TRACK_NUM)) {
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