What is an XV File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert XV Files

XV Files
XV Files.

A file with the XV file extension is most likely a Khoros Visualization Image file.

However, some XV files may instead be used as a container format by the Xunlei download manager software (also called Thunder) to store video content. These types of files are generally protected in such a way where you cannot open or convert them using any other computer but the one that created it.

How To Open an XV File

Khoros Visualization Image files in the XV format can be opened with the free XnView program.

The Xunlei program should be able to open XV files that are used in that program, but, as I mentioned above, it's possible that they can only be used on the same computer that created them. If you find that this is the case for you, keep reading to see how you can convert the XV file to a more common video format for use on any computer.

Tip: Use Notepad++, Windows Notepad, or another text editor to open the XV file. Although this isn't true for either of the formats just mentioned, I know there are at least a few other formats out there that use the XV extension, some or all of which might be text-based. This means you may get full use out of whatever it is they contain simply by opening them as you would any other text file.

Considering the multiple uses for this extension, you may find that the program that opens automatically (if any) when you double-click on an XV file isn't the one you'd like to open.

Fortunately, that's easy to change. See my How To Change File Associations in Windows for help.

How To Convert an XV File

XnView, the same program from above that can open XV files, should also be able to convert the XV file to another image format like JPG, PNG, GIF, and others.

Note: If XnView doesn't let you convert the XV file to an image format you want the file to be in, first convert it to a supporting format using XnView, and then import that file into a free image converter software program which you can use, finally, to save the file to that ultimate format you were after in the first place.

For XV files used by Xunlei, XV Converter is a free, portable program that can convert them to FLV, but the entire program is in Chinese. Visit TechiSky for the download link and picture instructions on how to add XV files to the program and then convert them to FLV.

Once you have the XV file in the FLV format, you can use any of these free video converters to save the FLV file to MP4, MKV, AVI, or some other similar video format.

Note: If your file doesn't open with XV Converter, you might be misreading the file extension. Double-check that you're dealing with an XV file and not something else that look similar, like an XVID or XVO file. Follow those links for help opening and converting those file formats.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the .XV file extension) to one that your computer recognizes (like .PNG or .MP4) and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. In most cases, an actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place.

More Help With XV Files

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 format you think the XV file you have is in, what specific trouble you're having, and what you've tried already.

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