Free Standalone Flash Video (FLV) Players

Desktop FLV players for local and streaming Flash video

Free Standalone Flash Video (FLV) Players

These free standalone Flash video players allow you to play FLV or Flash video files or even streaming video directly, without having to use your browser. They are handy for viewing a saved video file on your computer. They are especially helpful when you are developing your own video (you don't need to write a web page just so you can load the video in a browser to test). Standalone desktop players are available for many operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Note that some of the fully-featured video players listed on the Free Movie and Video Playing Software page also have built-in native support for playing FLV files.

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Free Standalone Flash Video (FLV) Players

Media Player Classic Home Cinema

The Media Player Classic Home Cinema plays DVD, supports multiple monitors, and has support for playing a whole plethora of media file types, including FLV files with H.264 with AAC audio, WMV, AVI, MPG (MPEG), ASF, Blu Ray, etc.

VideoLAN - VLC Media Player

VideoLAN is a cross-platform media player that supports the playing of many video and movie formats, including DVD disks (both encrypted and unencrypted DVD disks), VCD, SVCD, audio CD, MPEG, AVI, ASF, WMV, WMA, MP4, MOV, 3GP, Ogg, OGM, Annodex, Matroska (MKV), WAV, raw audio (DTS, AAC, AC3, A52), raw DV, FLAC, FLV (Flash), DivX, MPEG-4, XViD, 3ivX, H.264, H.263, H.263i, Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime), MJPEG, Indeo Video (IV32, IV41, IV51), etc. It can also handle streaming video both as a client and as a server. Support systems include Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, BeOS, WinCE / PocketPC, NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, Solaris, and QNX. The program is open source and is released under the GNU General Public License.

GNASH - GNU Flash Movie Player (Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, etc)

GNASH is a standalone player, licensed under the GNU General Public License, that allows you to play flash movies. Unlike some of the other movie players, it does not use Adobe's proprietary code, but implements its own Flash player from scratch. It has many SWF v7 features and handles streaming video. Supported systems include Windows, numerous Linux distributions such as Debian and Ubuntu, BSD systems like FreeBSD and OpenBSD, etc. Source code is provided.

Swiff Player (Windows)

Swiff Player is a free stand-alone player for Flash movies. It supports full screen mode, access to information about the Flash movie file (like frame rate and dimensions), features OpenGL hardware acceleration, etc. Supported platforms include Windows 2000, XP and Vista.

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