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 PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Free File ConverterFree File ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with AVI-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with AVI-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!