What is a .M3U8 File And How To Open It (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .m3u8 extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .m3u8 file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .M3U8 file?

The file extension .M3U8 is from UTF-8 M3U Playlist File.The format of this file is text, and it is a audio related file.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .m3u8 file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .M3U8 file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .M3U8 file on various operating systems.

How to open a .M3U8 file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .m3u8 file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Songbird software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Nullsoft Winamp, Apple iTunes, Microsoft Windows Media Player, VideoLAN VLC media player, Foobar2000 and Songbird software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .M3U8 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: Choose “Open with”

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

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

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

How to open a .M3U8 file on Mac

To open the .m3u8 file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .M3U8 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: 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 Songbird software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .M3U8 file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .m3u8 file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the VideoLAN VLC media player software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: XMMS and VideoLAN VLC media player.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .M3U8 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: 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the VideoLAN VLC media player software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .M3U8 file?

If you cannot open the .M3U8 file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .M3U8 file.m4 – Macro Processor Library, .m4a – Apple, .m4b – Apple, .m4e – MPEG-4 Video File, .m4p – Apple. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .M3U8 file with the Songbird, Nullsoft Winamp, Apple iTunes, Microsoft Windows Media Player, VideoLAN VLC media player, Foobar2000 programs on Windows, Songbird, Apple iTunes, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Mac and VideoLAN VLC media player, XMMS software on Linux.