Files with the M3U8 extension are a UTF-8 encoded audio playlist file. These plain text files can be used by audio and video players to identify the location of media files.
What is an M3U8 file?
One M3U8 file might contain references to files on the internet for an online radio station. One file might be saved on your computer to create a playlist of your music or a set of videos.
An M3U8 file can contain absolute, relative, and Stabil IPTV that refer to media files or entire folders. An M3U8 file may also include comments, which describe the contents.
M3U is a similar format that can also use UTF-8 character encoder and include other characters encoders. The.M3U8 extension of a file indicates that it is using UTF-8 character encoded.
How to open an M3U8 file
M3U8 files are editable and can be read by almost all text editors, including Notepad for Windows.
As you can see, Notepad cannot open the M3U8 file. You can only read the file references. Text editors aren’t the same as media players or media management software programs, so you can’t play these files.
Notepad – An M3U8 file
VLC, Apple’s iTunes and Windows Media Player are some of the programs that can open and utilize M3U8 files. You can also open M3U8 Linux files using XMMS. Finally, Mac users will be able to open M3U8 Mac files with CocoModX, in addition to the Windows-compatible software mentioned above.
Here is an example of the M3U8 file. Open it in VLC. This will pull all music files from the text file and load them into VLC for playback.
One quick way you can open an M3U8 file online is through HSLPlayer.net. This website won’t work if there is an M3U8 file on your computer or any other device. HSLPlayer.net can only be used if there is a URL to the.M3U8 files and all the files that it refers are online.
Some programs allow you also to use these programs.create an M3U8 file. You can also use the M3U8 file if you have many files to load into VLC.Media>Save your Playlist to File…Option to create an M3U8 File
How to Convert an MP3U8 File
You need to know that M3U8 files can be converted to MP4, MP3, or any other media format. It is a plain text file that contains no additional information than text.
What you’re probably after is a file converter that can convert the audio or video files that the M3U8 refers to, to and from other audio/video file formats, like an MP4 to AVI converter or a WAV to MP3 converter (or any other variation of these types of files).
This is not a good idea because it can lead to M3U8 files pointing to media files in multiple locations at once. This could include folders on various internal hard drives, flash drives and external drives.
If that is the case, you shouldn’t have to search through them all to locate your files manually. Instead, use the free program M3UExportTool. It uses the M3U8 file or M3U to find all media files and copies them to one location. Then, you can convert them easily with an audio or video converter.
M3U8X, a similar program, should function in the same way as M3UExportTool. This software requires a RAR or unzip program.
Although we don’t offer any links to playlist converters that convert M3U8 toM3U8, some M3U8 openers such as VLC can save an M3U8 playlist from one format to another, like M3U or XSPF. This is the same thing.
Are you still having trouble opening the file?
You may not be able to open the M3U8 file by following the above methods. You might see some file extensions that look a lot like.M3U8, so double-check your file extension.
A file extension that looks similar to M3U8 or M3U is MU3. However, it is actually in the Myriad Packed Musical Score format. To open it, you will need Myriad’s Harmony Assistant and Melody Assistant programs.