What are META files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a META 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 META file?

META files have multiple uses, and RealPlayer Metadata is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

RealPlayer Metadata File

The RealNetworks' RealPlayer application generates files that contain the .meta file extension. The application uses these META files to store metadata for a corresponding video file and is used by the RealPlayer program to describe a video file.

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

How to open META files

We have identified one META opener that is compatible with this specific type of META file.

Programs that open RealPlayer Metadata files


Last updated: February 24, 2023

All known file formats using extension .META

While RealPlayer Metadata File is a popular type of META-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .META file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Unity Asset Metadata File

We know that one META format is Unity Asset Metadata File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

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
BSPlayerBSPlayerUser submitted
TeraPadTeraPadUser submitted
RealTimesRealTimesUser submitted

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