.M3U8 File Extension

UTF-8 M3U Playlist

General Information

Title M3U8 File Extension
Extension .m3u8
Full Form UTF-8 M3U Playlist
File Type Playlist File
Developer Apple
MIME Type application/vnd.apple.mpegurl

File Function

Primary Function Streaming media
Additional Functions Indexing segments
Features Unicode support, Extensible

File Characteristics

Quality Varies
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Live Streaming Yes
Video on Demand Yes
Adaptive Streaming Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks URL hijacking
Best Practices TLS encryption, Token authentication

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2009
Latest Version As part of HLS (HTTP Live Streaming)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .m3u, .pls, .xspf

Software Compatibility

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