MP4 File

Did your computer fail to open a MP4 file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .MP4 files.

What is a MP4 file?

A .MP4 file is a MPEG-4 Video file. The MP4 is short for MPEG-4, and is one of the most common formats for audio and video. The MP4 file format is often thought of as the evolution of the MP3 file format, with the MP4 format providing more functionality and flexibility - and support for video, which the MP3 format lacks.

MP4 is a so-called "container format", which means that you can store different data streams inside a single MP4 file. Such data streams can contain e.g. video, audio, images, and subtitles.

The format also allows MP4 files to be streamed over the internet, so when you watch a video online, it is highly likely that it is an MP4 file.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

What else are .MP4 files used for?

While MPEG-4 Video is a popular type of MP4-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .MP4 extension.

The MP4 file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a MP4 opener may not be able to open all kinds of MP4 files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited MP4 viewer.

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We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Various MP4 file openers, viewers, etc.

These apps are known to open certain types of MP4 files. Remember, different programs may use MP4 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
Free File ConverterFree File ConverterUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
GOMPLAYERGOMPLAYERUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MP4-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 MP4-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!