How To Play Webm Videos

Martin Brinkmann
May 22, 2010
Updated • Jul 28, 2010
Music and Video

We have just reviewed one of the first video converters that is supporting the new webm format. The conversion creates videos with the extension .webm and it is only natural to try and play it on the installed video player.

Chance is the video player does not support webm out of the box, at least not in its current installation.

There are actually only a handful of solutions currently available to play webm videos on the local computer system.

We would like to review two different options to play webm videos and would encourage anyone to comment if they know of another way of playing webm files on the computer systme.

VLC Media Player: The VLC Media Player 1.1.0 Pre-Release candidate for Windows supports the webm video format. All it takes is to install the video player to play webm videos on the PC. The version is currently only offered for Windows. It is likely that webm support will be added to all supported operating systems in the final version of VLC 1.1.0.

K-Lite Codec Pack Beta: Not everyone likes to install codec packs but the K-Lite Codec Pack is one of the first to include a webm video decoder. Installing this decoder will add global support for webm video to the Windows operating system.

Do you know of another option to play .webm videos? Let us know in the comments.


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  1. Burebista said on March 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    QQPlayer plays webm files.

  2. healthyemily said on December 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

    in order to play webm video successfully, you can convert webm to other video formats like avi, mp4, wmv

    just google search Step by Step Guide on How to Convert MP4, AVI, FLV, WMV to WebM on Mac and Windows?

    you will find step by step guide on how to convert various video formats to webm as well convert webm to almost all popular video formats including avi, mov, wmv, mpg, vob, flv, asf, mkv, 3gp and more

  3. The Manual Bat said on October 15, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Miro video converter (freeware) will convert them to other formats (avi, flv etc). I use it when I want to burn the Webm videos to disc for later viewing.

  4. blueshell said on June 19, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I recommend to use VLC media player, better not codec pack, for codec pack often cause problems.

  5. Wardell said on May 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    The WebM format holds a lot of potential for open source development and the web, I hope the axis of evil doesn’t find a way to hinder it.

    I already have VLC media player which I think is great, I’ll have to grab the latest K-Lite codec pack as well, thanks for the tip.

  6. Jonny Axelsson said on May 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Pre-release versions of Mozilla, Chrome, and Opera can all play WebM files now. You can expect this to come to regular versions of these browsers soon. There is also expected a plug-in for IE soon, and Flash support as well.

    1. Martin said on May 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      Jonny that is a good tip. It is possible to drag and drop the webm video into the browser window to play it there.

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