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Free Embeddable Flash Video (FLV) Players
Version 0.5

Ever since JW's FLV Player became licenced as a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence, I have been searching for other free FLV players to play flash videos.

Here is what I have found:

Flowplayer - video player for the web

Flowplayer is a promising alternative to JW player with CSS skinning, plug in support, play list support and streaming support with a more open licence. It is downloadable under the GPL licence allowing you to use it as many domains as you want.

The requirement is that you have to keep the logos inside, however you can remove them yourself as long as you provide a clear link to download the source code of your player.

Demo (v3.0.2):

For some reason in IE7, you need to click on the full screen button to see the whole video and then switch back if not only the top 1% will show.

flvplayer - flash video player

flvplayer provides five different versions of the player depending on the features you need. It supports subtitles, CSS skins and external file configuration. Licensed under the Mozilla Public License 1.1. Supports playlists.

Demo (v1.6.0):

You don't have flash support in your browser.

Jaris FLV player

Jaris FLV player is licensed under GPL and LGPL. It provides basic functionality

  • Keeps video Aspect Ratio
  • Full screen Support
  • Video Thumbnail
  • Volume Control
  • Seek Control
  • Time Display
  • Your own Logo
Demo (v1.0):

JW FLV Media Player

JW FLV Media Player has a free version that is only applicable to a site that adheres to the below conditions.

If your site is the rare one that falls out the category of not having ads, not for profit, not a CMS (that includes blogs) and you don't remove the right-click link, then this is the player for you.


(unfortunately, my site doesn't qualify for the free licence for the latest version, hence you will need to see the demo at their site)

Last Updated 21st December 2008.

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Unregistered Anonymous Give OVP a try.
posted 5 Apr 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
JGM (1 posts) JGM Hi, great article, I'm the author of Jaris FLV Player and I'm writing to announce that I updated the player. Now is fully coded in haxe and has some new features, some of them are rtmp, pseudo streaming, youtube, h.264 and mp3 playback support, hardwarescaling configurable contorls colors and many more, for more details just head to
posted 12 Mar 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
hubertus (1 posts) hubertus Flayr free flv player is a good alternative which can also be used on commercial sites and is totally free! Next version will support streaming video and Youtube videos.

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Unregistered Anonymous Yeah I will have to second Flayr. It is extremely simple ad works very well.
posted 20 Jul 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
mahesh Unregistered Anonymous thanks but i am sure there are more flv players which are free.
posted 7 May 2009 - Reply - Permanent Link
cezam Unregistered Anonymous thank you for putting this list together, I was looking for a free alternative to JW and this saved me some time.
posted 10 Mar 2009 - Reply - Permanent Link

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