.3GP File Extension

3rd Generation Partnership Project

The 3GP file format stores video and audio streams. It was developed to reduce storage, bandwidth, and data usage on 3G mobile phones. The 3GP format is based on the ISO base media file format standar...

General Information

Title 3GP File Extension
Extension .3gp
Full Form 3rd Generation Partnership Project
File Type Media File
Developer 3GPP
MIME Type video/3gpp, audio/3gpp

File Function

Primary Function Multimedia storage
Additional Functions Audio, Video
Features Low bandwidth, Mobile

File Characteristics

Quality Varies
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Mobile Videos Yes
Streaming Yes
Video Sharing Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Virus transmission
Best Practices Scan files, Update player

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2001
Latest Version 3GPP Release 15 (2018)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .mp4, .mov, .avi

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
VLC Media Player Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS
QuickTime Player Free Mac, Windows
Windows Media Player Free Windows