What Is an AVE File?

AVE files are used by several, non-overlapping applications

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 files in Windows 10

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 and 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 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'd 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.

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, to make a WAV file.

Still Can't Open the File?

If your file still won't open, you might be confusing another file format for one of the formats mentioned above. This is easy to do if you've misread the file extension. Some files look like they're AVE files but are actually using a different file extension.

For example, AVI is a video format that can't open with some of the programs mentioned above. While the Avigilon software might be able to use it, ArcGIS is one example where opening the AVI file in that program would show an error.

AVERY and AVA are other similar-looking file extensions that are unrelated to any of these formats. AVERY files are used by Avery Design & Print as label files, and AVA files are eBook files that open with AvaaPlayer.

If you're not dealing with an AVE file, research the file extension you see at the end of your file to find out what program you need to open it, make changes to it, or convert it to a different format.