.M3U File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .M3U extension:

Media Playlist File

Media Playlist File
  • Developer Nullsoft
  • Popularity
    3.7 (132 votes)
  • Category Audio Files
  • Format Text

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."

Software's name License Platforms
Apple iTunes Apple iTunes Freeware MacWindows
Clementine Clementine Freeware LinuxMacWindows
Foobar2000 Foobar2000 Freeware Windows
Media Player Classic Media Player Classic Open Source Windows
Microsoft Windows Media Player Microsoft Windows Media Player Bundled Windows
Nullsoft Winamp Nullsoft Winamp Freeware AndroidMacWindows
Oka Apps Omni Player Oka Apps Omni Player Free+ iOS
RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20 RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20 Free+ MacWindows
Songbird Songbird Free MacWindows
Videolabs VLC for Android Videolabs VLC for Android Open Source AndroidChrome OS
VideoLAN VLC for iOS VideoLAN VLC for iOS Open Source iOS
VideoLAN VLC media player VideoLAN VLC media player Open Source AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWindows
XMMS XMMS Open Source Linux

Updated: February 11, 2016

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