We can find different audio and video formats on the internet. FLV or Flash Video is a type of video format in the webpages. It is an Adobe Flash file representing motion graphics on the internet. 

However, as the internet evolves and moves into HTML5, FLV videos are becoming rare on the internet. However, if you still own FLV files, you can still access them on your PC.

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Which media player is best to play FLV files?

There are numerous of them. However, we recommend using VLC Media Player to play FLV files, and it is free, open-source software with loads of additional features.

How to open FLV files

Method 1 –

Step 1: Locate the desired FLV that you want to open.

Step 2: Double-click on the file if VLC is your default video player application.

Alternatively, If VLC is NOT your default video player application,

Step 1: Find your FLV video on your hard drive.

Step 2: Right-click on the file, click on “Open with” choose “VLC Media Player,” and click on “OK.”

Step 3 (Optional): You can tick the check box next to “Always use this app to open .flv files.” That way, you can open the FLV files by double-clicking on them.

Method 2 – Play FLV file via VLC media player

Step 1: Open VLC Media Player from your computer.

Step 2: Click on “Media” followed by “Open File”

Step 3: Navigate to the .flv file you want to open. Select it, and click “Open” to play the FLV file.

Step 4: Your video will open on VLC Media Player.

Method 3 – Drag and Drop FLV file via VLC media player

Step 1: Open VLC Media Player.

Step 2: Find the media on your device.

Step 3: Drag & Drop the media file on VLC Media Player to open FLV files.

Step 4: Your video will automatically start playing.

Case: Open FLV file from Browser’s Download List

If you have downloaded a new FLV file and want to play it directly without locating it, you can do it hassle-free.

Step 1: Open Downloads of your Browser

Step 2: Double-click on the downloaded file name, and the file will open.

Note: You need to set your default video player to “VLC Media Player” because the double click will trigger the default video player of your system and will try to open the file in it.

What type of errors can you face?

Not all the video players with our operating systems readily support FLV files out of the box, and most of them will require you to download video codes and install them on your computer. So, you may see various face errors if your video player doesn’t have the coded preloaded.

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1. What is Adobe Flash?

You may find this as Shockwave Flash as well. Adobe Flash or Shockwave Flash is a platform to view and create multimedia content.

2. Can you convert an FLV format?

Since it has become obsolete, you need to store videos in .flv format. You can easily convert it using VLC Media Player or other video converters.

3. Concluding Words

We hope that we have provided you with enough information on FLV files. You are more than capable of handling an FLV. Did you learn something new from our guide? Feel free to let us know!

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