FLV File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a FLV file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .FLV files.

What is a FLV file?

A .FLV file is a Flash Video file. Files having the .flv file extension are Flash Video files. This particular file format is used to deliver video content over the Internet.

The .flv file format allows for high rates of file compression while retaining a superior video quality. This allows the file creators to keep the file sizes manageable and makes it easier for viewers to watch .flv videos online while saving expensive bandwidth.

Macromedia, which was acquired by Adobe, created the Flash video format, which became one of the first standards for video playback on the internet.

How to open FLV 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 FLV for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different FLV openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension FLV

While we know of one file format using the .FLV 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 .FLV file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of FLV files. Remember, different programs may use FLV 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
Aiseesoft FLV Video ConverterAiseesoft FLV Video 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
Any Video Converter ApplicationAny Video Converter ApplicationUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with FLV-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 FLV-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!