DASH File Type

- The quick facts

What are DASH files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DASH file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a DASH file?

The DASH file format was designed to store digital video content in different bit rate levels. Also called DASHlane files, a .dash video file is generated while digital video content is streamed on the Web.Used by online video repositories like Netflix and Youtube among others, the DASH file format is similar to the MP4 video format. DASH refers to Dynamic Adaptive Stream over HTTP. The ability of the DASH file format to store digital video content in multiple bit rate levels enables the online video player to stream the video based on the viewer's bandwidth and CPU resources. This means the online video player can adjust the bit rate of the digital video content that's stored in a .dash file during playback.These DASH files can be opened and viewed through the DASHlane program. Other applications that can be used to open and view the digital video content in a .dash file include VLC Media Player and RealPlayer.

How to open DASH files

Important: Different programs may use files with the DASH file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your DASH file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 9 different DASH openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: December 31, 2021

Suggest another file format using extension DASH

While we know of one file format using the .DASH file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DASH file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of DASH files. Remember, different programs may use DASH files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
MKV playerMKV playerUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
Woopie Video DeskTopWoopie Video DeskTopUser submitted
SMPlayerSMPlayerUser submitted
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