File Extension Library

.M3U8 File Extension

  • Category: Audio Files
  • Format: Text

What are .M3U8 files and how to open them?

Can't open .M3U8 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 .M3U8 file.

What is a .M3U8 file extension?

.M3U8 file extension has been classified as Audio Files. The format of .M3U8 file is Text

.M3U8 is UTF-8 M3U Playlist File

An M3U8 file is a playlist file used by various audio and video playback programs. It contains a path or URL to a media file or folder of media files, along with information about the playlist. M3U8 files use the same formatting as .M3U files, except the text stored in the files uses UTF-8 character encoding.

M3U8 files are often used for storing playlists that have song names in different languages. They may also contain references to online files for an Internet radio station.

M3U8 files are supported by a wide variety of media players, such as iTunes, Windows Media Player, and VLC media player. You can also open the M3U8 file with a text editor since the contents of the file are stored as text.

NOTE: Some M3U files may already use UTF-8 character encoding. However, M3U files may also use other character encoding standards. Therefore, the M3U8 extension is used to explicitly state that UTF-8 character encoding is used.

List of all softwares that can open the UTF-8 M3U Playlist File
Nullsoft Winamp
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6
Apple iTunes
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
Microsoft Windows Media Player
VideoLAN VLC media player
Apple iTunes
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
VideoLAN VLC media player
VideoLAN VLC media player

How to fix problems with .M3U8 files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .M3U8 files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .M3U8 file format
  2. You need to check the .M3U8 file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)