META File - opening and understanding

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

What is a META file?

Files that contain the .meta file extension are generated by the RealNetworks' RealPlayer application. The application uses these META files to store MetaData for a corresponding video file. This MetaData is used by RealPlayer program to describe a video file that corresponds to the META file.

The META file usually contains information about the corresponding video file, including the duration of the file, the name of the file and a short description of the file, although it doesn't contain any actual video data. This file allows your computer to locate the video that is associated with the META file when you try to play it.

How to open META 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 META for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension META

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of META files. Remember, different programs may use META 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
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
DiXiM Digital TV plusDiXiM Digital TV plusUser submitted
MetaWin ApplicationMetaWin ApplicationUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with META-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 META-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!