How to Play AVI Files on Mac

AVI, short for Audio Video Interleave, is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft to store audio and video using a variety of codecs, like DivX and XviD. If you are using a Windows computer, you can double-click the AVI file and open it on Windows Media Player. If you are using macOS, things are not easy because the default QuickTime player doesn’t support AVI format.

So, still want to play AVI files on Mac? Well, you can convert the unsupported AVI file to MP4, MOV, M4V that are compatible with QuickTime Player. Well, you can also install a powerful AVI Player on your MacBook for smooth playback.

How to Play AVI Files on Mac

Part 1. How to Play AVI on Mac with QuickTime Plug-in

If AVI files failed to play on Mac, you can get a QuickTime plug-in installed on your Mac. Perian is a free and open source QuickTime component that support any media format like AVI, FLV, MKV. It is easy to install and works instantly once it’s set up. One disadvantage of Perian is that it doesn’t work with QuickTime 10 or more. Nor will be under development.


Part 2. How to Convert AVI to Mac Supported Format

As we know, QuickTime doesn’t support playing AVI files. If you want to play AVI files on your MacBook, you can use the ultimate method to convert AVI to QuickTime Player supported format. Apeaksoft Video Converter Ultimate comes in handy when you want to convert AVI files. It is a versatile video converter for Mac, which you can adjust video/audio codec, enhance video, compress AVI video files , or enhance video quality in an all-round way.

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Edit videos, add watermark, apply video filters, and compress the AVI video.

Step 1Install AVI Converter for Mac

After downloading this AVI Converter for Mac, install and launch the program. Click Add File at the top side to import the AVI video to the program.

Add Files on Mac

Step 2 Choose output format

Click and open the drop-down arrow next to Profile, go to a certain catalog and select your preferred resolution from the list. For playing the AVI file in QuickTime Player on Mac, choose MOV, MP4 or M4V as you like.

Select Output Format

Step 3Edit AVI file

Click the Edit menu to edit the AVI file with these editing features. You can rotate the AVI file, add 3D effect, crop AVI file, add effects, enhance AVI file and add watermark to it.

Edit DVD on Mac

Step 4Convert and play AVI on Mac

Make sure you have chosen an output folder in the Destination area at the bottom. Click Convert button at the bottom right to start converting AVI file. After a while, you can open the converted AVI file in QuickTime Player on your Mac.

Convert Video Audio on Mac

If you’ve ever wanted to play AVI files on Mac, without installing other desktop software, Apeaksoft Free Online Video Converter is an online converter to convert and play AVI file on Mac and Windows computer.

Part 3. How to Play AVI Files with Best AVI Player for Mac

Another convenient way you can try is to play AVI files with an AVI player for Mac. Apeaksoft Blu-ray Player is the top choice for many users. Besides playing AVI files, it can also play common video and audio formats like MP4, M4V, TS, MTS, MXF, WMV, MKV, AVI, MP3. What’s more, this AVI player for Mac also plays Blu-ray/DVD disc, folder or ISO file on macOS Big Sur/Catalina.

FAQs of Playing AVI Files on Mac

1. What is An AVI File Format?

AVI is a multimedia container format, containing both audio and video data. AVI format has great video fidelity and compression capability. Due to the availability of a large number of codecs, it is easy to obtain the compression ratios required for the AVI format.

2. Why do AVI files not play on Mac?

If the AVI file doesn’t come with the right codecs, you might not play AVI files on Mac. Also you need to check out if the AVI files are corrupted. If you have corrupted AVI files, you still cannot play AVI on Mac.

3. How can I convert AVI to MP4 on Mac?

With Apeaksoft Video Converter Ultimate, you can convert AVI to MP4 on Mac with ease. Click Add File to load the AVI file to the program. Select MP4 from the drop-down button next to Profile, and click Convert button to convert AVI to MP4 on Mac.


After reading this article, playing AVI files on Mac tends to be easier. You can get the right AVI codec, an AVI player or an AVI converter for Mac. Apeaksoft Video Converter Ultimate provides the ultimate solution to convert AVI to QuickTime supported format. Don’t hesitate and let us hear what you want to say.

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