Files with avi file extension are videos or movies that can be played in every media player (sometimes proper codec is needed). These files are also supported by most video editors and converters. Often used for DVD rips on torrents.

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AVI file extension - Audio Video Interleave movie

What is avi file? How to open avi files?

File type specification:

Digital video and movie file type icon Digital video and movie file type

avi file icon: avi filetype icon

The avi file extension is traditionally used for a very common computer video file format, especially popular on internet for movies.

Audio Video Interleave (AVI) is a special case of Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF).

Audio content or video content that is compressed with a wide variety of codecs can be stored in an .avi file and played in Windows Media Player, if the appropriate codecs are installed on the computer.

Video codecs that are frequently used in .avi files include the following codecs: - DivX codec, XVID codec, Cinepak codec, Indeo codec, DV codec, MJPEG codec, Uncompressed RGB or YUY2 codec etc.

Audio codecs that are frequently used in .avi files include the following: MP3 codec, AC3 codec, Microsoft Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation (MS ADPCM), Uncompressed Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) codec etc.

MIME types used for avi videos:

Updated: April 21, 2024

The default software associated to open avi file:

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

Very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other operating systems and platforms.

VLC can playback many of the video formats (AVI, MKV, OGV, WMV, ASF, MOV...) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, M4A, OGG, FLAC...) as well as support of subtitles for video. It can also be used as a streaming server and multimedia transcoder.

Microsoft Windows Media Player icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows Media Player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Media Player is default multimedia player installed in Microsoft Windows. WMP can manage music, videos and pictures in computer, play or view them, sync them with portable devices, or burn them on CD/DVD media. It also supports home media sharing with other computers.

Kodi (XBMC) icon

XBMC logoKodi (XBMC)  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:

XBMC (Kodi) is free open source multimedia player and entertainment hub for digital media that is available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X (macOS). XBMC is able to almost all popular audio and video formats around.

Plex Media Server for OS X icon

Plex Media Center Team logoPlex Media Server for OS X  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Plex Media Center Team

Plex Media Center for OS X is media player, media server and media manager for Mac OS X. Plex is able to organize all of  media, from local drives, network shares, optical media and the Internet, in one easy to use application. Plex supports a wide range of video, audio and image formats without having to install any additional third party plug-ins or programs.

List of software applications associated to the .avi file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open avi file, edit avi file, convert avi file, view avi file, play avi file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting avi files.

Software that open avi file - Audio Video Interleave movie

Programs supporting the exension avi on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open avi file action.

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