Top Free Flash Players for Desktop FLV Videos

Check out our favorite free Flash players for your computer desktop.

With new video formats coming out all the time, it's easy to forget some of the legacy formats you may come across. Video pros and enthusiasts need to be able to open, view and evaluate files in a wide variety of formats.

Though the format has faded in popularity, it is still sometimes necessary to use Flash player software, whether you want to watch a Flash movie you downloaded from the Internet, or evaluate a compressed FLV file. If you're looking for a Flash player, you'll find lots of free options online.

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VLC Media Player

VLC Player, from VideoLAN
VLC Player, from VideoLAN. VideoLAN

VLC is an easy-to-use cross-platform video player that will work with Flash files as well as nearly any other video format you want to throw its way.  You can even use VLC to convert your Flash video to another format, though I've had better luck with other video conversion software. This application is truly the Swiss Army Knife of video playback options, as it so few video format limitations.

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MPEG Streamclip

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MPEG Streamclip works with PCs and Macs as a Flash player, and plays any other variety of video and audio formats.  The program does a good job converting video between formats, and can also be used for basic video editing. It's worth noting that this option has an impressive compression algorithm, creating high quality, super small files.

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Wimpy FLV Player

The Wimpy FLV Player is a super-simple Flash player that you download and install on your compter.  Wimpy FLV works with both Macs and PCs, and lets you watch Flash videos from your computer or the internet.  There are no extra features, so that's about all you can do!

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As its name would suggest, NicePlayer plays nicely with a variety of media formats, including Flash.  NicePlayer doesn't have any fancy features, but if you're looking for a straightforward, easy-to-use Flash player, it's a good choice.