M3U8 File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a M3U8 file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .M3U8 files.

What is a M3U8 file?

A .M3U8 file is an Extended M3U playlist file. Files with the .m3u8 file extension contain MP3 playlist files. These files are used by a variety of media applications and online radio stations. These files contain a playlist of songs, including the names of the songs and the song locations. These files do not contain any actual audio data. M3U8 files are stored in a plain-text format. Files with the .m3u8 extension are a Unicode version of the M3U file format.

How to open M3U8 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 M3U8 for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different M3U8 openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension M3U8

While we know of one file format using the .M3U8 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 .M3U8 file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of M3U8 files. Remember, different programs may use M3U8 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
GOM AudioGOM AudioUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
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PotPlayerPotPlayerUser submitted
MPC-HCMPC-HCUser submitted
MediaMonkeyMediaMonkeyUser submitted
TS PlayerTS PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with M3U8-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 M3U8-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!