Download Codec - Best Software & Apps

  • XviD Codec

    1.3.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    The latest version of the Xvid codec

    6
    242 votes
    • PROS: Clear and easy to use, Contains extra tools
    • CONS: Too technical for average users
  • Windows 7 Codec Pack

    4.0.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Replace And Renew Your Windows Codecs For Free

    7
    149 votes
    • PROS: The software is relatively easy to install, Ideal for power users and new users, You may be able to watch files that are commercially restricted
    • CONS: Some Blu-Ray files will still not play with your Windows software, You may have to direct third-party players to the codec files, The pack only works for Windows 7 8 and Vista
  • SPlayer

    3.7.2437

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Lightweight media player with support for multiple formats

    8
    1000 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Very low on system resources, Support for many formats, Support for subtitles and screenshots, Includes audio and video equalizer
    • CONS: The interface may be a bit too simple
  • Media Player Codec Pack

    4.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Use This Free Codec Pack To Play More Media Files

    7
    491 votes
    • PROS: Very up to date supports resolutions up to 4K and supports almost every type of audio and video file, Easy to install the codecs when compared with how difficult it usually is
    • CONS: The codecs may not work for your version of the media player, They will not fix grey-square issues or crackling issues when playing video files
  • MKV Codec

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free media player to open and view MKV files

    7
    7 votes
    • PROS: This is a very lightweight program that requires little memory., Users are not subject to any payment before a download.
    • CONS: It has been formatted to only work with Windows XP., This software has been known to cause alterations within the computer.
  • Movist

    0.6.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Simple and powerful media player

    8
    86 votes
    • PROS: Lightweight and easy to use, Excellent playback quality, Encodes Quicktime and FFmpeg on the fly
    • CONS: Doesn't support Apple remote
  • UMPlayer

    0.98

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    A light, powerful and eye-catching media player

    7
    714 votes
    • PROS: Includes more than 200 codecs, Built-in search for YouTube and Shoutcast, Very light on resources, Automatic subtitle download, Customizable interface
    • CONS: Online TV and radio station lists are empty, No help file
  • Perian

    1.2.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Make QuickTime play almost any video format

    7
    234 votes
    • PROS: Support wide range of media files, Subtitle support for SSA and SRT, Works with QuickTime 7.6.6
    • CONS: May not play all media types, No longer under development, Does not work with QuickTime 10 or above
  • K-Lite Codec Pack

    Mega 12.4.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A complete collection of codecs and related tools

    8
    1372 votes
    • K-Lite Codec Pack

      Full 12.1.5

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Comprehensive Codec Bundle for Audio and Video Files

      8
      4658 votes
      • PROS: The majority of common codecs are contained within this package., All versions of Windows are supported (starting from Windows XP).
      • CONS: K-Lite Codec Pack is not intended to be used with Mac devices., The user interface is slightly complicated for beginners.
    • ffdshow

      4533.20140929

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free codec pack for DivX and XviD files

      8
      299 votes
      • PROS: Has most codecs you might need
      • CONS: Not at all user friendly
    • x264 QuickTime Codec

      1.2.15

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      H.264 support for Quicktime 6 or under

      5
      16 votes
      • PROS: Gives H264 support to older Quicktime versions
      • CONS: Quicktime 7 now has its own H.264 codec
    • Microsoft Camera Codec Pack

      (64 bits) 16.0.0652.0621

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      RAW image previews and thumbnails in Windows x64

      7
      14 votes
      • Zoom Player

        9.5

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Professional media player that plays, manages and protects

        8
        483 votes
        • PROS: Two players in one, Easy to switch to advanced mode, Codec detector useful, Easy to change skins
        • CONS: Advanced options are not particularly well organised and take some getting used to
      • SMPlayer

        16.6

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Multiformat video player that doesn't need codecs

        8
        394 votes
        • PROS: Not restricted by codecs, Resumes play from stopping point, Lot of subtitle control
        • CONS: Doesn't play some codec protected media properly
      • Combined Community Codec Pack

        (CCCP) 2011-07-30

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Audio and video codec pack which avoids conflicts

        8
        309 votes
        • PROS: Includes lots of codecs for instant playback, Easy to install, No configuration needed
        • CONS: May conflict with other codecs
      • Canon RAW Codec

        1.7

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        The official Codec for Canon RAW photos

        5
        35 votes
        • ACE Mega Codec Pack

          Professional Edition 6.03.0911

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Very complete pack of audio and video codecs

          8
          67 votes
          • CodecInstaller

            2.10.2

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Get some help for your codec problems

            8
            84 votes
            • PROS: Simple to use, Easy way to obtain basic codecs
            • CONS: Only information and help about basic codecs
          • K-Lite Codec Pack

            Basic 11.8.5

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Play almost every media format

            8
            100 votes
            • PROS: Supports multiple formats, Supports subtitle formats, Easy to use
            • CONS: Uses Windows Media Player, Does not include Media Player Classic Home Cinema
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