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What is an XVID File?

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Question: What is an XVID File?

Did you find an XVID file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you an XVID file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the XVID file but Windows told you that it could not open it.

Before you can open an XVID file (assuming it's even a file format that's intended to be viewed or edited), you'll need to determine what kind of file the .XVID file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the XVID file extension is a XviD CODEC file.

Other types of files may also use the XVID file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .XVID extension, please let me know so I can update this information.

How To Open an XVID File

The easiest way to open an XVID file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the XVID file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit XVID files.

Warning: Take great care when opening executable file formats received via email or downloaded from websites you're not familiar with. See my List of Executable File Extensions for a listing of file extensions to avoid and why.

Many modern DVD and Blu-ray players players can play XVID files. Check for the DivX logo on the player or on the manufacturer's website to be sure.

On a PC, any software program that can decode MPEG-4 ASP encoded video will play XVID files. Some popular programs that will play XVID files include VLC media player and MPlayer.

If you know of anything else about XVID files, please let me know so I can keep this page updated.

Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the XVID file. Many files are text-only files meaning no matter the file extension, a text editor may be able to properly display the file's contents. If the XVID file you have really is a video file then this tactic obviously won't work.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the XVID file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open XVID files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an XVID File

There are two main ways to attempt to convert an XVID file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the XVID file in its native program is preferable because it's both easier and will probably result in a more accurate file conversion. Of course if you don't have a program that opens XVID files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the XVID file extension) to one that your computer recognizes and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. An actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place in most cases.

Still Having Problems Opening or Using an XVID File?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the XVID file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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