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DIVX File Extension

DivX-Encoded Movie Format
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What is DIVX file?

DIVX is a multimedia file format.

Contents of DIVX files?

DIVX is a video stream compressed using family of codecs of the same name, which includes:

  • DivEG MPEG-4 part 2,
  • H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC DivX Plus HD,
  • DivX HEVC Ultra HD.

The newest versions offer efficient video compression algorithms offering great image quality ans small file sizes. Those are the two main reasons to popularity of DIVX.

Where are DIVX files used?

The main use of DIVX was compressing 90-minute length movie to fit a single CD. Even the earlier versions of this codec allowed such compression with quality similar to DVD standard. Modern versions of DIVX support 1080p Full HD standard. DIVX files are commonly used for distributing movies over the Internet.

Can I open a DIVX file?

In order to open and play a DIVX files dedicated codec package must be installed on the user’s system and a compatible player. Some hardware platforms also support DIVX playback, such as mobile or stationary video players, game consoles, home cinema setups or multimedia players. Before buying a device it recommended to verify in the documentations that it supports DIVX format.

Programs which support DIVX file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with DIVX files, divided into 5 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with DIVX extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Updated: 10/28/2023

How to open file with DIVX extension?

Being unable to open files with DIVX extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to DivX-Encoded Movie Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install DivX software

Install software to open DIVX file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports DIVX files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install DivX or one to the listed programs: RealPlayer, Creator NXT Pro, Microsoft Windows Video. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit DivX website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update DivX to the latest version

Update software that support file extension DIVXIf the problems with opening DIVX files still occur even after installing DivX, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of DivX is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that DivX cannot handle files with DIVX may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of DivX is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open DIVX files to DivX

After installing DivX (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open DIVX files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with DIVX file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the DIVX file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the DivX installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open DIVX files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with DIVX file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with DIVX extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with DIVX extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the DIVX file is complete and free of errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper DIVX file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check DIVX file for viruses
1. The DIVX may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the DIVX file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the DIVX file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the DIVX file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with DIVX extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run DivX

If the systems has insufficient resources to open DIVX files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with DivX-Encoded Movie Format files. It may be the case that the DIVX files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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