M3U8 File Extension

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UTF-8 M3U Playlist Format
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What is M3U8 file?

Files with the M3U8 extension are encoded audio playlists , which use the UTF-8 symbol encoding system. These are standard text files – they do not contain any real sound data, but only references to multimedia files or subfolders which store them. Besides the references they also include information about the playlist.

References to multimedia contained within M3U8 files can occur in three forms: as a relative path, an absolute path or an URL address. Other text information within file is usually a commentary which describes the content.

Examples of using M3U8 files

M3U8 files may be commonly encountered in operating systems because they are used in standard activities on a computer. One of the examples is computer games which include a rich sound setting, therefore files indicating location of such multimedia is required. Another example of use are Internet radio stations. M3U8 files are used also in order to store playlists including multilingual names of songs, due to the UTF-8 symbol encoding standard.

M3U8 and M3U files

M3U8 and M3U are formats very similar to each other – they are files of playlists and they are recognised by multiple multimedia players. The only thing that differs them is the symbol encoding system, although this is also not entirely true. Both formats use the same encoding system – UTF-8 – but M3U8 is assigned only with this standard while M3U enables also alternatives on which it is usually based.

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the M3U8 file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the M3U8 file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the M3U8 file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the M3U8 file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the M3U8 file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the M3U8 file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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