Download Codec - Best Software & Apps

  • XviD Codec

    1.3.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    The latest version of the Xvid codec

    6
    130 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

    6
    113 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,
  • Media Player Codec Pack

    4.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Use This Free Codec Pack To Play More Media Files

    7
    50 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

    5
    2 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.
  • K-Lite Codec Pack

    Mega 12.4.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A complete collection of codecs and related tools

    7
    207 votes
    • XP Codec Pack

      2.5.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A compact, clean and easy-to-install codec pack

      6
      198 votes
      • PROS: Features codecs for the most popular formats, Easy, customizable installation, Highly stable
      • CONS: It doesn't include as many codecs and tools as other packs
    • AC'97 Audio Codec

      A4.06

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A good 6 channel audio codec for PC

      7
      758 votes
      • PROS: Comprehensive solution
      • CONS: No user interface
    • K-Lite Codec Pack

      Full 12.1.5

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Encode your own videos and watch your work

      7
      422 votes
      • PROS: Advanced users will appreciate the encoders, New set of options over K-Lite Codec Pack Standard, Easy to use for playback
      • CONS: For advanced users, Precise customization tools, Not for beginners
    • Zoom Player

      9.5

      License
      try Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Professional media player that plays, manages and protects

      8
      241 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
    • ffdshow

      4533.20140929

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free codec pack for DivX and XviD files

      7
      68 votes
      • PROS: Has most codecs you might need
      • CONS: Not at all user friendly
    • Microsoft Camera Codec Pack

      (64 bits) 16.0.0652.0621

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      RAW image previews and thumbnails in Windows x64

      8
      6 votes
      • Canon RAW Codec

        1.7

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        The official Codec for Canon RAW photos

        5
        15 votes
        • K-Lite Codec Pack

          Basic 11.8.5

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Play almost every media format

          6
          28 votes
          • PROS: Supports multiple formats, Supports subtitle formats, Easy to use
          • CONS: Uses Windows Media Player, Does not include Media Player Classic Home Cinema
        • ACE Mega Codec Pack

          Professional Edition 6.03.0911

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Very complete pack of audio and video codecs

          8
          19 votes
          • Storm Codec

            7.07.16

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            A free Video program for Windows

            7
            40 votes
            • Combined Community Codec Pack

              (CCCP) 2011-07-30

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              Audio and video codec pack which avoids conflicts

              6
              58 votes
              • PROS: Includes lots of codecs for instant playback, Easy to install, No configuration needed
              • CONS: May conflict with other codecs
            • Koepi's XviD MPEG4 Codec

              final 1.1.3

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              Codec for playing XviD files

              10
              3 votes
              • x264 QuickTime Codec

                1.2.15

                License
                free Download
                Platform
                Mac

                H.264 support for Quicktime 6 or under

                5
                12 votes
                • PROS: Gives H264 support to older Quicktime versions
                • CONS: Quicktime 7 now has its own H.264 codec
              • Codec Pack All in 1

                6.0.3.0

                License
                free Download
                Platform
                Windows

                A free Video program for Windows

                7
                32 votes
                • CodecInstaller

                  2.10.2

                  License
                  free Download
                  Platform
                  Windows

                  Get some help for your codec problems

                  6
                  16 votes
                  • PROS: Simple to use, Easy way to obtain basic codecs
                  • CONS: Only information and help about basic codecs
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