How to Open .Flv

By Hollan Johnson

.FLV is a type of media file which contains a Flash video.The .FLV file in a container file and it stores both the video and audio files. .FLV files are similar to .SWF files, another type of Flash file. If you want to open a .FLV file on your computer, you'll need a media player that can do it. Unfortunately, Windows Media Player and QuickTime do not open .FLV files, but the freeware VLC player does.

Things You'll Need

  • VLC player

Step 1

Download a VLC player for your PC or Mac. See the link in Resources below.

Step 2

Install the VLC media player onto your computer. Open the file on your Desktop. On a Mac, drag the icon into your Applications folder, or click "OK" to install the VLC player on a PC.

Step 3

Open the VLC player. It will be in your Applications folder or your Programs folder. Double click on it to open it.

Step 4

Select "Quick Open File" from the "File" menu.

Step 5

Choose the .FLV file you want to open and press "Open."

Tips & Warnings

  • .FLV files are commonly found on YouTube.
  • Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Media Player can also play .FLV files.