How to play RMVB files

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How to play RMVB files
How to play RMVB files

RMVB (RealMedia Variable Bitrate) is a format created by RealMedia for the RealPlayer. The easiest way to play RMVB files is to download and install RealPlayer. However, this article also describes a way to play such files for those who have Windows Media Player Classic installed and do not want to install additional media players.


Method 1 of 3: Installing RealPlayer

Play RMVB Files Step 1
Play RMVB Files Step 1

Step 1. Download and install RealPlayer

  • Go to the RealPlayer page on the RealMedia website and click "RealPlayer Free Download".
  • In the window that opens, click "Save file".
  • Open the folder where the file was downloaded and double-click on it to launch the installation wizard.
  • Enter your email address and select the folder where RealPlayer will be installed. If you have not selected a folder, the player will be installed to the default folder.
  • Click Agree and Continue. The player will be installed (a message about the successful installation of RealPlayer will open).

Method 2 of 3: Installing Real Alternative

Play RMVB Files Step 2
Play RMVB Files Step 2

Step 1. Install Real Alternative if you want to play RMVB files in Windows Media Player Classic (without installing RealPlayer)

  • Download Real Alternative from the CNET website. Go to the Real Alternative download page and click Download Now.
  • Close your browser. This is an important step to prevent Real Alternative from conflicting with the browser.
  • Double click on the downloaded file. A window will open informing you that Real Alternative is being installed (in the background).
  • This window will automatically close after the successful installation of Real Alternative.

Method 3 of 3: Playing RMVB Files

Play RMVB Files Step 7
Play RMVB Files Step 7

Step 1. Play RMVB file with RealPlayer or Real Alternative using the following method

  • Right click on the RMVB file and select "Open" from the menu.
  • Check "Select the program from a list" and click OK.
  • Select RealPlayer from the list (if you want to use RealPlayer to play RMVB files). If you want to use Real Alternative, select Windows Media Player Classic from the list.

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