The File Extensions Database

.AVI File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Video Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .AVI file?

.AVI is Audio Video Interleave File

An AVI file is a file saved in a multimedia container format created by Microsoft. It stores video and audio data that may be encoded in a variety of codecs such as DivX and XviD. AVI files typically use less compression than similar formats such as .MPEG and .MOV.

The AVI format is based on the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF) which is a container format that was originally released in 1991 to store multimedia. The AVI format was introduced a year later in 1992 by Microsoft and is supported by various video players. However, the player must support the codec used to encode the video data. For additional information, view the Playing AVI Files help article.

Programs that open Audio Video Interleave File
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Video
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019
CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
VideoLAN VLC media player
Nullsoft Winamp
Apple QuickTime Player
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019
Eltima Elmedia Player
VideoLAN VLC media player
ShedWorx Smart Converter
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
VideoLAN VLC media player
olimsoft OPlayer
VideoLAN VLC for iOS 2
Google Drive
BIT LABS Simple MP4 Video Player
Google Drive
Videolabs VLC for Android

How to solve problems with AVI files

  • Associate the AVI file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any AVI file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.AVI files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the AVI file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .AVI is Audio Video Interleave File. Because only the current version supports the latest AVI file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .AVI is Audio Video Interleave File update.
  • To make sure that your AVI file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.