M3U File Type

- The quick facts

What are M3U files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a M3U 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 M3U file?

A .M3U file is an Extended M3U playlist file.

M3U is short for Moving Picture Expert Group Audio Layer 3 URL. Files that have the .m3u file extension are MP3 playlist files, also commonly referred to as Winamp playlist files.

The M3U file format was initially created for the Winamp software application, but a variety of MP3 players now use the M3U file format to manage a user's custom playlists. While M3U files are normally used to store audio playlists, some M3U files may contain video file references as well.

The M3U file does not contain any of the actual media within the file. These files only contain references (URLs/links) to the actual media files that have been saved to the user's playlist.

How to open M3U files

Important: Different programs may use files with the M3U file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your M3U file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different M3U openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: February 25, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of M3U files. Remember, different programs may use M3U files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VLC Media PlayerVLC Media PlayerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
AresAresUser submitted
GOM AudioGOM AudioUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted

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