Open AVI file

AVI files: what are they and how do I open them?

avi file icon Are you facing difficulties opening unknown files on your computer, or wondering exactly what this file is?
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AVI video

AVI files are common files that can be played on all media players (although a suitable codecs may sometimes be required). Often used in the past for DVD rips.

Further details:

AVI files represent one of the most common multimedia (video) files.

Short for Audio Video Interleave, AVI is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in 1992 as part of its Video for Windows technology.

It contains both audio and video data in a file container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback. AVI files can be played by various video players, but the player must support the codecs used to encode the video data.

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VLC media player icon

VLC media player

One of the most popular multi-platfom multimeda player

Microsoft Windows Media Player icon

Microsoft Windows Media Player

The default multimedia player from Microsoft Windows

Plex Media Server for OS X icon

Plex Media Server for OS X

Multimedia manager and player for Mac

Kodi (XBMC) icon

Kodi (XBMC)

Open source multimedia player and entertainment hub

Media Player icon

Media Player

Windows 11 default media player.

HandBrake icon


A free multiplatform multimedia transcoder

Freemake Video Converter icon

Freemake Video Converter

One of the most popular and succesfful free video conversion sofrware

Portable VLC Media Player icon

Portable VLC Media Player

Portable version of the popular multimedia player

Xine icon


A free multimedia player for Linux

ALLPlayer icon


A free media player mainly used for watching movies with subtitles

What is the meaning of a file extension?

File extensions are characters that appear after the dot in a computer file's name. For example, the file "unknown-file.avi" has the file extension "avi". This is used to identify which program should open the file or what file type it is.
File extensions help you organize and manage files. They provide a quick and easy way to identify and associate the file type with the appropriate software.

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