M4V File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a M4V file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .M4V files.

What is a M4V file?

A .M4V file is an iTunes Video file. Files with the .m4v file extension are MPEG-4 video files. These files contain digital videos that are downloaded from the Apple iTunes store.

The M4V files that are available from the online store can contain movies, music videos, TV shows, etc.

M4V files are nearly identical to MP4 files, but M4V files can be copy-protected by Apple using their proprietary copy-protection technology. This prevents users from sharing files that they must pay for. The files can only be played on the computer where the purchase was made.

How to open M4V 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 M4V for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different M4V openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension M4V

While we know of one file format using the .M4V 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 .M4V file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of M4V files. Remember, different programs may use M4V 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
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with M4V-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 M4V-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!