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M3U File Extension

M3U file extension is created by Nullsoft, also known as Media Playlist File. M3U has been classified as Audio Files. You can open and render the contents of this file in a Text Editor. You can open M3U files in Microsoft Windows Media Player program.



Media Playlist File Type

Media Playlist File Type
Extension .m3u
Developer Nullsoft
Popularity 5.0 (1722 Votes)
Mime Type audio/x-mpegurl
Default Program Microsoft Windows Media Player
Category Audio Files
Format Text
Updated 6/1/2024

What is a M3U File Type?

While M3U playlists are generally used for playlists, some may also include references to video files. The M3U files refer to multimedia files, but not to the-files themselves.

M3U " is the abbreviation of the MP3 URL or whatever Moving Picture Experts Audio Group Layer 3 Uniform Resource Locator.



Free online M3U Tools & Apps

We have also the free online .M3U (Media Playlist File) file extension apps that can allow to view, edit, convert from to M3U, merge, split and compare the M3U files without installing anything on your system. Please click on the links to explore the complete list of details for each required feature.



M3U Files Common Issues

There are few common issues with the Media Playlist File .M3U File Extensions while opening the .M3U files on Windows and MacOs, we have solution to those issues such as:

Can't Open M3U Files?

  1. You must have supported software programs installed for Media Playlist File on your system such as Microsoft Windows Media Player.
  2. Associate default Microsoft Microsoft Windows Media Player program for *.m3u (Media Playlist File) files.

    Associate M3U Default Program on Windows
    1. Right-click a *.M3U (e.g example.m3u) file and click Open With.
    2. In the Open with dialog box, click Microsoft Microsoft Windows Media Player program Or click Browse to locate the program (*.exe) that you want.
    3. Select check box for Always use this app to open .m3u files.

    Associate M3U Default Program on MacOs
    1. Click *.M3U (e.g example.m3u) file and click information -> Open With.
    2. In the programs list, click Microsoft Microsoft Windows Media Player program Or other appropriate program that you want.
    3. Confirm Change for all... and Contine.
    4. A message will appear "This change will be applied to all files with .Microsoft Windows Media Player extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection", click Contine to apply changes.


All Platform Software Programs for M3U File Extension

List of all softwares that can open the M3U files on each platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Web and Android, you may click the each software link for more details for other supported formats for each software and the verified direct download links for each software with complete lisensing details.

Microsoft Windows logo image Open M3U File on Windows

Software License Developer
ACD Systems ACDSee image. ACD Systems ACDSee 2019 for Windows Commercial ACD Systems
Clementine image. Clementine 1 for Windows Freeware Clementine
Roxio Creator image. Roxio Creator NXT PRO 5 for Windows Commercial Roxio
Foobar2000 image. Foobar2000 1.3.19 for Windows Freeware Foobar2000
JRiver Media Center image. JRiver Media Center 19 for Windows Freeware JRiver
Media Player Classic image. Media Player Classic 1 for Windows Open Source Media Player Classic
CyberLink PowerDVD image. CyberLink PowerDVD 20 for Windows Commercial CyberLink
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud image. RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud 16 for Windows Freeware RealNetworks
Nullsoft Winamp image. Nullsoft Winamp 5 for Windows Freeware Nullsoft
Microsoft Windows Media Player image. Microsoft Windows Media Player 12 for Windows Bundled Microsoft

MacOs logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M3U File on Mac OS

Software License Developer
Clementine image. Clementine 1 for MacOs Freeware Clementine
Cog image. Cog 0.07 for MacOs Open Source Cog
Macgo Mac Media Player image. Macgo Mac Media Player 2 for MacOs Freeware Macgo
JRiver Media Center image. JRiver Media Center 19 for MacOs Freeware JRiver
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud image. RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud 16 for MacOs Freeware RealNetworks
Nullsoft Winamp image. Nullsoft Winamp 5 for MacOs Freeware Nullsoft

Linux logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M3U file on Linux

Software License Developer
Clementine image. Clementine 1 for Linux Freeware Clementine
XMMS image. XMMS 1 for Linux Open Source XMMS

Website logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M3U file on Web

Software License Developer

iOS logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M3U file on iOS

Software License Developer
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud image. RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud 16 for iOS Freeware RealNetworks

Android logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M3U file on Android

Software License Developer
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud image. RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud 16 for Android Freeware RealNetworks

About Licensing

  1. Free Trial This software are often used for an attempt period, like 14 days, before requiring payment. Some trial versions have a reduced feature set.
  2. Free This software is liberal to use. Examples include open-source , freeware software, like free programs supported by advertising.
  3. Free+ This software is liberal to download and use, but contains in-app purchases (IAP) to unlock additional content or functionality.
  4. Paid This software must be purchased so as to use it. it's going to be offered as a perpetual license or ongoing subscription.
  5. Included with OS This software is bundled with an OS , like Windows, macOS, or Android.

M3U file extension icon image.About M3U - Media Playlist File

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Updated 6/1/2024


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