File Extension Library

.M3U File Extension

  • Developer by: Nullsoft
  • Category: Audio Files
  • Format: Text

What are .M3U files and how to open them?

Can't open .M3U file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .M3U file.

What is a .M3U file extension?

.M3U file extension is created by Nullsoft. .M3U has been classified as Audio Files. The format of .M3U file is Text.

.M3U is Media Playlist File

An M3U file is a media playlist file supported by several media players such as Winamp and iTunes. It contains a playlist of MP3s and other audio or video files and lists the locations of media files in a plain text format.

M3U playlists are typically used for audio playlists, but some may also include references to video files. M3U files contains references to media files, but not the actual files themselves.

NOTE: "M3U" is short for "MP3 URL" or "Moving Picture Experts Group Audio Layer 3 Uniform Resource Locator."

List of all softwares that can open the Media Playlist File
Microsoft Windows Media Player
VideoLAN VLC media player
Nullsoft Winamp
Apple iTunes
Media Player Classic
Apple iTunes
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
VideoLAN VLC media player
VideoLAN VLC media player

How to fix problems with .M3U files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .M3U files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .M3U file format
  2. You need to check the .M3U file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)