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How to play FLV files on Mac

For a long time QuickTime Player was the FLV player for Mac that would be launched pretty much every time one got an FLV (Flash video) file to watch. Then FLV became a format ‘no longer supported’ by QuickTime Player. The problem for a while was kept at bay by Perian. This plugin enabled QuickTime to play several commonly used video formats that were not supported natively by QuickTime, including AVI.

Things worked just fine for Mac users till the Perian developers announced about their project shutdown and recommended looking for another FLV player that would handle Flash video files on Mac. So now to play an FLV file on the newest Mac OS X, you need to download a separate player for Mac.

Let us have a look at some of them

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Requirements: OS X 10.9+. 55.1MB free space. Version 7.6(1831). (30th Sep, 2019). 4.9 Rank based on 378+ users, Reviews(367)
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Elmedia Multiformat Video Player can be an FLV player for Mac that can play pretty much any other file type you may think of. FLV playback on Mac is simple and enjoyable with Elmedia.

  1. Get the app.
    1.1. Install the Elmedia Player by downloading it from the App Store and then open it to enjoy its benefits.

    1.2. You can also get the software directly from the download link embedded on the site. Download, install and open the app to view all the videos you want.

  2. Add your FLV files to Elmedia Player. For example you can do this via "File" -> "Open" menu options.

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  4. Enjoy your videos! You can shape them up to perfection with various tools offered by FLV player: adjust audio tone and video parameters like brightness, saturation, etc., change aspect ratio, fit image to screen, tune the playback speed, etc.

This Mac FLV player lets you create and manage playlists and has its built-in web browser for watching online videos without leaving the app. Also there is an Open URL option to watch online videos ad-free. You can make screenshots during the movie playback or convert the whole video into a series of screenshots that can be saved in various image formats.


VLC player is actually a cross platform application that has a version for Mac. This Flash FLV player supports a large number of multimedia formats to be played on your Mac with no additional codecs required.
Installing and using it quite simple:

  1. Download and install VLC Player
  2. Launch it, click ‘File’ and select ‘Open File’
  3. Select a video for playback and enjoy watching it.

Check out the best FLV players for Mac users. Complete list available here:

What's FLV

FLV (Flash Video) is a container format for sending videos through Internet. Many popular video hosting services use this format, such as YouTube, Google Video, etc. Firstly FLV format is meant for streaming video, however it is often used for watching local videos.

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Requirements: OS X 10.9+ , 55.1MB free space
Version 7.6(1831) (30th Sep, 2019) Release notes
Category: MultimediaApplication