How to Open Flv Files

Have you downloaded some videos from the Internet but can't play them in any program? Have you also tried to feed them to your tablet but there was nothing you could do? Mh, strange. Tell me, what file format are we talking about? FLV by any chance? Then there are no problems, you will be able to fix the situation in no time.

The files in FLV format, you must know, are nothing more than videos based on Flash technology - the same that is used on many Internet sites for the reproduction of animations, streaming movies and interactive content - and can be played without problems on all computers, smartphones and tablets; just use the right applications.

If you want to know which are these “right” applications and how to open FLV file using them, take five minutes of free time and try to follow the directions I am about to give you. In this way you will be able to solve all the problems related to playing FLV files and you will be able to watch all the videos you have downloaded from the Internet without problems due to the non-recognition of codecs. Happy reading and have fun!

How to Open FLV Files on Windows

If you use a PC Windows, can open FLV files using one of the programs listed below. They are all effective and simple to use in the same way, choose the one that suits you the most!


The best player that can play FLV files on Windows is VLC. If I had never heard of it - quite unlikely hypothesis - I tell you that it is an excellent multimedia file player, free and open source, able to "digest" without problems all the main video and audio file formats without resorting to external codecs . In short, it works perfectly “out of the box”.

To download VLC on your computer, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Download VLC. Next, open the software installation package (vlc–xx-win32.exe) and click on the button first Yes, Then OK, forward for three consecutive times and to conclude Install e end to finish the setup.

At this point, all you have to do is start VLC by clicking on its icon on the desktop or in the Start menu, select the item Open file present in the menu Media and select the FLV format file to play.

If you want to make all FLV videos open automatically by VLC, right click on one of them and choose the item Property from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, click on the button Change and indicates the path of VLC: "C: Program Files (x86) VideoLAN VLC vlc.exe".


MPC-HC is another free and open source media player that allows you to play all major audio and video file formats. Its interface is based on that of the first versions of Windows Media Player (those included in Windows 98 and earlier), but this should not be misleading: in reality it is a state-of-the-art software perfectly suited to playing videos that are can be found online nowadays.

To download MPC-HC on your computer, connect to its official website and click on the button MPC-HC – Download Now. When the download is complete, open the MPC-HC installation package (eg. MPC-HC.xx.x86.exe) and first on Yes and then OK, forward 6 consecutive times and finally Installend to conclude the setup.

At this point, you just have to start MPC-HC, go to the menu File> Open File and select the FLV format file to play. Playback of the video will start instantly.

If you want to set MPC-HC as the default player for playing FLV files, go to the menu View> Options program, select the item Formats from the left sidebar and click on the button Run as administrator. Then put the check mark next to the item Flash video (flv f4v) and click on the button Apply per salvare i Cambiomenti.

Noteif you do not want to face boring installation procedures and / or want to carry MPC-HC always with you (on a USB key or a portable hard disk), know that a portable version of the program is also available that does not require installation in order to be used. To download it, connected to this web page and select the item Zip collocata sotto the dicitura For 32-bit (x86) Windows if you intend to use MPC-HC on 32-bit operating systems or under the heading For 64-bit (x64) Windows if you intend to use MPC-HC on 64-bit operating systems.

How to Open FLV Files on Mac

I use a Poppy? No problem, even macOS can count on several free media players that allow you to open FLV files without problems. Here are some of the most interesting.


VLC is multi-platform software, this means you can use it for open FLV also on Mac. Then connect to its official website and click on the button Download VLC to download it to your computer. When the download is complete, open the dmg package containing the program (vlc–xx.dmg) and drag the icon VLC in the folder Applications which is at his side.

Mission accomplished! Now you just have to start VLC by selecting its icon in the macOS Launchpad and open your FLV videos by dragging them into the program window or selecting the item Open file from the menu Fillet.

To associate VLC with FLV videos on Mac, click on any file of that type and press the key combination cmd+i on your computer keyboard. In the window that opens, expand the field Open with, select VLC from the drop-down menu below and click on the button Edit everything.


IINA is a free and open source media player available exclusively for macOS. It supports all major multimedia file formats and ensures excellent performance even on older computers. It's still in an early development stage, it's not as stable as VLC, but it proved to be reliable enough in my tests.

To download IINA on your computer, connect to its official website and click on the button Download. When the download is complete, open the ZIP archive that contains IINA and copy the application icon into the folder Applications of macOS. When the operation is completed, right-click on the IINA icon and select the item apri from the menu that appears to start IINA.

At this point, go to the menu File > Open located at the top left and select the FLV file to play. Alternatively, grab the video in FLV format you want to play in IINA and drag it to the application icon in the Dock bar.

If you want to associate FLV files to IINA, so that they are automatically opened by the application, follow the procedure I showed you previously for VLC.

How to Open FLV Files on Smartphones and Tablets

Finally, here are some applications to view FLV files on smartphones and tablets. Whether you have an Android device, an iPhone or an iPad, you will surely find what you need.

VLC (Android/iOS)

Well yes! VLC it is also available on smartphones and tablets and is compatible with both Android and iOS. The application is 100% free and allows you to easily play all major media file formats (except those with AC3 audio on iOS).

The mobile version of VLC allows you to play videos directly from the smartphone memory, from microSD (on Android) and from network drives. All you have to do is press the button  or on road sign logo at the top left and choose whether to open files from Local network or yours multimedia collection locally.

For the rest I don't think there is much to explain. Once you've found the video to play, select its thumbnail and enjoy the video.