How can I watch .MOV files without QuickTime?

I've found a solution to use the "3ivx codec", but it doesn't work. Any idea?

4 Answers 4


I use videolan. It's features list lists MOV as an input format.

  • 2
    +1 for VLC, it just keeps getting better and better... Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 23:41
  • It took a major step for the worse with the 0.9 release, though :/
    – Joey
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 0:04
  • Why do you say that? Commented Jul 17, 2009 at 12:57

Did you try QuickTime Alternative?

  • It works but it's weird to have to open a browser to be able to watch a .MOV when the .MOV is on the hard drive. And, for a weird reason in FireFox the video doesn't start if the option of Automaticly Start is not enable :S. Still +1 for the solution thanks. Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 23:43
  • You shouldn't have to open the browser to watch the MOV. It is possible that the MOV is just associated with IE. Try right-clicking and choosing Open With... and choose Windows Media Player.
    – AdamB
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 15:14
  • This link is now dead :(
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 30, 2019 at 0:45

VLC is worth a try.

Apple has made it difficult for third parties to do anything interesting with .MOV files. Their published documentation is extremely stale, new codecs are virtually undocumented, and they have a license agreement that basicly says you won't even try.

  • I provided this potential-solution 2 minutes ago. Could you please up-vote my suggestion if you agree with it rather than adding a duplicate suggestion? Thanks.
    – Sampson
    Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 23:37
  • I upvoted you since you were the first Jonthan. Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 23:39

I use a codec pack named "K-Lite", it sometimes comes bundled with media player classic, which i don't like, so i recommend you to download the basic version, which doesn't have that player included and still supports .MOV files. KLite-Codec Pack

It has worked for me when trying to play those files on Windows Media Player or XBMC.

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