How To Repair Broken AVI Files That Won’t Play

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how to repair broken avi file,So you downloaded the latest Futurama movie or your friend gave you a copy of last night’s Nip/Tuck episode and it does not play. You could be getting unexpected playback results, the file just won’t play or your player is saying that your file is corrupted.

What do you do?

Weep openly?

Seek help?

Or how about fixing the problem for yourself? Why not try to repair broken avi or other video file? What an awesome idea!

Let’s see how we can do that with a free tool called DivFix++. I have been using an older version of DivFix++ that was simply called DivFix since way back when. Let me tell you this is a solid application that can save you many hours of heartache. Word up!

You can download the executable here (another application that DOES NOT NEED TO BE INSTALLED!). The zip file is available as a direct download from here. It is tiny weighing in at 742KB. I always keep this little guy on my memory stick!

After downloading and running DivFix you will see a screen that looks like this:

repair broken video file

You will see you have options to choose your output directory, log file and of course your source file. Then you have check boxes to keep your original file intact, cut out bad parts and log your results. You can also choose your language from the preferences button on the bottom.

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If your AVI file simply will not let you move around it freely, then the index is flucked up and can be easily corrected by stripping the index. When you do this make sure the check boxes for cut out bad parts and keep your original file intact are unchecked.

You can copy your video file to another location before you start to be on the safe side.

After clicking “Strip Index” the operation is almost immediate.

Try opening and moving around your file now! Sweet! Now to skip to the good parts!

Using some automagical features DivFix++ can fix corrupted video files as well. So not only you can use it to repair broken AVI files but fix just about any corrupt video file. Just select your video file and hit Fix…

fix corrupt avi

Let it do its work and when it is complete, more likely than not, you will have a beautiful working PRON video file again! That’s right and all without a working knowledge of techno video nonsense! This is a program for every normal Joe Schmoe.

Let us know how it works out for you and if you have another similar free tool that you use and prefer…

Don’t act like you don’t know how or where…

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Totally didn’t work for me.



hey thanks for the help i repaired the avi file i downloaded a goosebumps episode when i played it thru mpc it said only 4mins but it was really 22mins vlc repaired it and it would not say how long it went for so i downloaded this and it fixed it now it works thanks soo much



Thanks for the Help ^^



i tried 2 fix two seperate broken files, and they now play but look like crap and are still unwatchable. Does this mean the original file is broken, or it just didn’t download correctly? The site i downloaded these movies from had 100’s of good feedback from others so i’m going to delete the originals and try again.

DivFix++ Author

This means your AVI file broken or has unsupported codec. DivFix++ currently supports MPEG4 ASP and AVC streams plus VPx ans Sorenson codecs. I offer you FREE support for your 2 broken files if you upload them to internet and fill support request from

Karl L. Gechlik |

Thanks for following up! I would love to know how you can repair them as well.



Didn’t work for me. The file just freezes after 11 min :(
so I clicked fix but it never fixed the error.

Processing file : Eurotrip.isl.txt..avi
Four CC is : DX50
Error detected at byte: 125108346
Skipped 712605787 bytes.
Broken index chunk found at byte: 837714133
Skipped 711983968 bytes.
Broken index chunk found at byte: 838281909
File end reached.
DMLH found: 17376

New Stream Size : 837694988
Total Error Count : 1
Total Frame Count : 34753
Video Data Frames : 17376
Audio Data Frames : 17377



USELESS……this thing not working…..

DivFix++ Author

It’s simply working. Might be your file is not avi, or your system has some problems…
You can fill tracker report for your problems.
Also you can send your “not working” avi file too for inspection. If program really doesn’t work, than It will fixed. :)



many thanks, work perfectly….
recover my cctv files….
thanks again






Worked great! Thanks for the help! :D



DivFix made all of my 13GB files into 800 MB files that only play for 3 minutes instead of 48 minutes. great. INTO the garbage. thanks.

Karl Gechlik

What was wrong with them before you tried to use div fix? Did you follow the directions?



On mine, it has a bad index. I strip the index, and the index is still bad (cant skip to any part of the video, cant play in most players).

Death Knight

It’s perfectly normal. It’s “strip” button, not the “fix” button.
If you have problems with the program (might be it could failed to fix one file) than fill the bug report.
Some of people said that (at top) “bullshit, useless”… etc. If a program is not working, there is no way to downloaded 600.000 times. Or cannot became #1 search result at google if you search by “avi fix”. Those people don’t fill the bug report also… I think there a problem on that users, not program itself.


Shashank Diwan

Thanks a lot…it really helped.



Thanks! It repaired a broken AVI taken from my Oregon Action Cam.



just fixed some of my corrupted divx videos.

thanks for the guide!



Nope. Stripped index and applied fix but the file I have won”t be fixed. I’ll stick with my usual applet; Avi Fixed (although that program did not work with the problem AVI either)


Swarup Banai

Didn’t work for me, 1 hr 24 min. films drastically came to 24 min only after repair. What a waste.

Death Knight

What if your file is really have 24 min? and there 1 hour is free/corrupted/deleted? At least you can see that 24 minute now.

Judging program by trying on 1-2 file is something sick. People needed to learn respect. If you don’t like, don’t use it. This not require to call that program as a waste. Now, all positive feed-backing people are wrong but you?



It do the work.
at least it makes video playable, cant expect corrupted file run like never corrupt right?



i have fixed my file but it is not of 5 minutes smthng :/



Did not help at all. :( First I tried “fix” then I tried “strip”, no change. Anything else a technological illiterate can do?



Didn’t worked for me.

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