AVI File Type- The quick facts
What are AVI files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an AVI file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your 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
We have identified 2 AVI openers that are compatible with this specific type of AVI file.
Programs that open Audio Video Interleave files
Last updated: March 17, 2022
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 apps that use files with this extension
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 Converter||User submitted|
|WavePad Sound Editor||User submitted|
|Any Video Converter||User submitted|
|WavePad Audio-Editor||User submitted|
|Switch Sound File Converter||User submitted|
|VLC Media Player||User submitted|
|Microsoft Windows Media Player||User submitted|
|GOM Player||User submitted|