SMIL File - opening and understanding

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

What is a SMIL file?

SMIL stands for Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language. Files that contain the .smil file extension are written in the XML language and they are very similar to HTML pages. There are four different versions of SMIL including SMIL 1.0, SMIL 2.0, SMIL 2.1 and SMIL 3.0.

The SMIL file format is used to develop slide shows and presentations. The slides contained in these files may include audio, video and text information as well as references to other streaming audio and video files.

The SMIL file format is used by a variety of Nokia phones such as the Nokia 3560 and 6600.

How to open SMIL 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 SMIL for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension SMIL

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of SMIL files. Remember, different programs may use SMIL 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
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
MPC-HCMPC-HCUser submitted
5KPlayer5KPlayerUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
RealOne PlayerRealOne PlayerUser submitted
ALShowALShowUser submitted
QQ PlayerQQ PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SMIL-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 SMIL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!