How to watch an FLV video file on your computer

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

FlashA .flv file is an Adobe Flash file that are becoming less common as many sites move to HTML5. However, if you have saved or download a file as .flv file, you need a player that supports the format. Below are a few suggestions.

Media players capable of playing FLV files

The VLC media player is our recommendation for watching .flv files because it is free, supports the format after the program has been installed, and because it works for Windows, macOS X, and Linux users.

VLC media player
https://www.videolan.org/

Windows Media Player
Microsoft's Windows Media Player can also play FLV files with the right codec. Downloading and installing the CCCP codec provides the necessary codec to play FLV files, as well as other codecs you may need in the future.

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