What is a .M3U File And How To Open It – Nullsoft

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .m3u extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .m3u file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .M3U file?

The .M3U file extension stands for Media Playlist File. The development of this file was done by Nullsoft. The file has the text format, and it is a audio related file.

What to know

There are currently 10 software that can open the .m3u file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .M3U file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .M3U file on various operating systems.

How to open a .M3U file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .m3u file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Clementine software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Microsoft Windows Media Player, VideoLAN VLC media player, Nullsoft Winamp, Apple iTunes, Media Player Classic, RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20, Foobar2000 and Clementine.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .M3U file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Clementine software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .M3U file on Mac

To open the .m3u file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Clementine software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Apple iTunes, VideoLAN VLC media player, Songbird and Clementine.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .M3U file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Clementine software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .M3U file on Linux

To open the .m3u file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Clementine software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use XMMS, VideoLAN VLC media player and Clementine software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .M3U file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Clementine software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .M3U file?

If you are still unable to open the .M3U file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .M3U file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .m3u8 – UTF-8 M3U Playlist File, .m4 – Macro Processor Library, .m4a – Apple, .m4b – Apple, .m4e – MPEG-4 Video File. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .M3U file with the Clementine, Microsoft Windows Media Player, VideoLAN VLC media player, Nullsoft Winamp, Apple iTunes, Media Player Classic, RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20, Foobar2000 programs on Windows, Clementine, Apple iTunes, VideoLAN VLC media player, Songbird programs on Mac and Clementine, XMMS, VideoLAN VLC media player software on Linux.