Sometimes a "file association" error occurs on your computer, which prevents OverDrive's desktop app from opening downloaded audiobooks. If you're having trouble opening audiobooks in OverDrive's desktop app, try the steps below to make sure that your computer opens ODM files (which are used to download audiobooks) in OverDrive for Windows or Mac.

Note: If you're using the Firefox browser, you'll also need to change the ODM file association there (to make sure Firefox opens ODM files with the correct program).

On Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10

  1. Windows 7 or Vista: Click Start, and type "Default Programs" into the search box. Press Enter.
    Windows 8: Use the Search charm to search for "Default Programs."
    Windows 10: In the search bar at the bottom of the screen, type "Default programs" and select the result.
  2. Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program.
  3. Scroll down, and select the ODM file type.
    Set Associations dialog. See instructions above
  4. The extension should be set to "OverDrive for Windows" or "OverDrive Media Console" (depending on your version) under "Current Default." If this is not the case, click Change program . . .
  5. Select OverDrive for Windows (or OverDrive Media Console) from the list of recommended programs. If it's not listed there, continue to step 6. Otherwise, skip to step 7.
  6. Windows 7 or Vista: Click the Browse button and select MediaConsole from one of the locations listed at the end of this step.
    Windows 8 or 10: Select More options (or More apps), scroll to the bottom of the list, and select Look for another app on this PC. Then, select MediaConsole.exe from one of the locations below.
    • 64-bit systems: C:\Program Files (x86)\OverDrive Media Console or C:\Program Files (x86)\OverDrive for Windows
    • 32-bit systems: C:\Program Files\OverDrive Media Console or C:\Program Files\OverDrive for Windows
    Note: You can find your system type by searching for System on your computer, then selecting the System option under "Control Panel."
  7. Click OK, then close to save the changes.
  8. Try downloading the title again.

From now on, any audiobook you download should open in OverDrive's desktop app.

On a Mac

  1. Locate the ODM file for the audiobook you're trying to download, and control-click on it.
    You can use the Search bar in Finder to look for ODM files. Try using *.odm as your search term.
  2. Click Get Info to display an information window.
  3. Expand the Opens with section.
    File information expanding section. See instructions above
  4. Click the drop-down menu, and select OverDrive Media Console. You may have to select Other to find OverDrive Media Console.
  5. Click Change All . . ., then Continue. Close out of the info window.
  6. Try downloading the title again.

From now on, any audiobook you download should open in OverDrive's desktop app.

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2015 09:02AM EDT