How to Open, Edit, and Convert AVE Files

The AVE file extension works with several, non-overlapping applications

AVE files in a Windows folder

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A file with the AVE file extension is most likely an ArcView Avenue Script file that adds new functions to Esri's ArcGIS program, but there a couple of other formats that your AVE file could represent.

Some AVE files are Avid User files. They store user preferences for various Avid software programs and are sometimes saved with an AVS (Avid Project Preferences) file.

A different AVE file may be an Avigilon Native Video Export file, which is a format used with some video surveillance hardware.

AVE is also an acronym for some other technical terms like analog video equipment, AutoCAD visualization extension, application virtual environment, and ​augmented virtual environment. None of these, however, have anything to do with the AVE file formats mentioned on this page.

How to Open an AVE File

AVE files that are ArcView Avenue Script files open with ArcGIS Pro, formerly called ArcGIS for Desktop (which was originally known as ArcView). Since these AVE files are just plain-text files, edit them in any text editor — like the Notepad program built-in to Windows or one from our Best Free Text Editors list.

Avid User files can be opened with Avid's Media Composer as well as the company's discontinued Xpress program.

Open an AVE video file with the Avigilon Control Center Player. This program also opens Avigilon Backup (AVK) video files.

If an application tries to open the AVE file but it's the wrong application, or if you would rather have another installed program open AVE files, change the default program for a specific file extension in Windows.

How to Convert an AVE File

It's unlikely that an ArcView Avenue Script file should exist in any other format, though it is a text-based format so you could technically save it as an HTML or TXT file. However, doing so would render the file useless for what it's intended for in the ArcGIS application.

The same concept applies to Avid User files. These AVE files are used exclusively in Avid's software, so changing the format to something else would make it unusable in Media Composer and Xpress.

The Avigilon Control Center Player exports an Avigilon Native Video Export file to other formats. To export a screenshot of the video, use the PNG, JPG, TIFF, or PDF formats. AVE videos save to the common AVI video format. You can also use this application to export just the audio from the AVE file, so make a WAV file.

Still Can't Open Your File?

If you've correctly identified the AVE file and the program that opens it, but the file won't open, it may be corrupt. Try restoring from a backup copy, if you have one.