How to Play .Flv Extension Files

By Chappy Sinclair

The flash video, or FLV, is most frequently used by online streaming video websites, such as YouTube and Google Video. Files with the FLV extension must be opened with a media player that supports FLV files. By default, Windows Media Player and Quicktime are not capable of playing FLV files.

Things You'll Need

  • Applian FLV Player
  • Free Flash FLV Player
  • Riva FLV Player

Applian FLV Player

Step 1

Download the Applian FLV Player program. Double-click the EXE to begin the installation process. Follow the specific instructions to complete the installation. When prompted, place a check next to "Launch Applian FLV Player" and click "Finish."

Step 2

Drag and drop the file with the FLV extension into the center window of the program.

Step 3

Click the "Play/Pause" button to play and pause playback.

FLV Hosting Free Flash FLV Player

Step 1

Download the Free Flash FLV Player program. Double-click the EXE to begin the installation process. Complete the installation. When prompted, place a check next to "Launch Free Flash FLV Player" and click "Finish."

Step 2

Click "File." Click "Open."

Step 3

Select the FLV file that you want to open and click "Open."

Riva FLV Player

Step 1

Download the Riva FLV Player program. Double-click the EXE to begin the installation process. Follow the specific instructions to complete the installation. When prompted, place a check next to "Launch Riva FLV Player" and click "Finish."

Step 2

Drag and drop the file with the FLV extension into the center window of the program.

Step 3

Click the "Play/Pause" button to play and pause playback.