H264 File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a H264 file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .H264 files.

What is a H264 file?

The H264 file format was developed by Apple to store digital video data that has been recorded using the MPEG-4 H264 codec. These H264 files allow seamless transmissions of high quality video data through 3G networks for mobile viewing. A .h264 file normally contains video clips, motion graphics, still images, sound effects, audio clips and music.These .h264 video files are usually found in mobile devices that run on iOS. These may also be supported for Web streaming purposes by a wide variety of online video repositories like Youtube. The Apple iChat program also uses these .h264 files for its video conferencing functions.Apple QuickTime can be used to open and view the video data stored in these .h264 files. These H264 files can also be converted to standard video formats like MP4 so as to be opened and viewed by other video playback tools and editing applications.

How to open H264 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 H264 for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different H264 openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension H264

While we know of one file format using the .H264 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 .H264 file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of H264 files. Remember, different programs may use H264 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ConverterFree File ConverterUser submitted
PowerDVDPowerDVDUser submitted
5KPlayer5KPlayerUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteUser submitted
Video Convert MasterVideo Convert MasterUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
2002-2011 MagicVideoSoftware Inc2002-2011 MagicVideoSoftware IncUser submitted
2000-2010 Jam Video Software Solution Inc2000-2010 Jam Video Software Solution IncUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with H264-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 H264-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!