M2V File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a M2V file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .M2V files.

What is a M2V file?

A .M2V file is a MPEG-2 Video Stream file. An M2V file is a MPEG-2 video file that contains no audio or subtitles.

MPEG files consist of several "streams" of data, where two of them are Video and Audio. An M2V file contains the video part, whereas the audio stream can be stored in e.g. an M2A-file or a WAV-file. You will seldomly come across standalone .M2V files unless you work with systems operating with separate MPEG data streams, which could e.g. be DVD-authoring software.

How to open M2V 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 M2V for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different M2V openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension M2V

While we know of one file format using the .M2V 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 .M2V file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of M2V files. Remember, different programs may use M2V files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
BSPlayerBSPlayerUser submitted
VAFPlayerVAFPlayerUser submitted
SyncUPSyncUPUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with M2V-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 M2V-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!