AVI File - opening and understanding
Did your computer fail to open an AVI file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .AVI files.
What is an AVI file?
An .AVI file is an Audio Video Interleave file. AVI is an acronym for Audio Video Interleave. The .avi file format is a container file format that was introduced by Microsoft in 1992. Container files are a "shell" file that can contain a variety of files within the container file. Container files with the .avi file extension often contain audio and video data.
The data contained in the AVI files may be encoded using different codecs, allowing the files to use less compression than other video file formats, such as the MPEG and MOV file formats. However, AVI files have a 2 GB size limit, restricting their use to some degree. Even though the AVI file format is decades old, it is still one of the most widely-used video file formats in existence today.
How to open AVI files
You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension AVI for different purposes.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different AVI openers which you will find listed below.
Suggest another file format using extension AVI
While we know of one file format using the .AVI file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .AVI file.
Various viewers for this file format
These apps are known to open certain types of AVI files. Remember, different programs may use AVI files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|Final Media Player||User submitted|
|Free File Viewer||User submitted|
|Free File Converter||User submitted|
|WavePad Sound Editor||User submitted|
|Any Video Converter||User submitted|
|WavePad Audio-Editor||User submitted|
|Switch Sound File Converter||User submitted|
|VideoLAN VLC media player||User submitted|