DASH File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a DASH file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .DASH 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DASH for different purposes.

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

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 viewers for this file format

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
RealTimesRealTimesUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DASH-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DASH-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!