Posted by Amanda Hu - Nov 16, 2017 | Last updated: July 30, 2019
Have you got an .m3u8 file or an m3u8 live streaming video link but don't know how to play it on Mac or Windows directly? Here you could use the best free M3U8 player to play M3U8 files and m3u8 video links to enjoy free and legal M3U8 contents on Internet at will. No need to download M3U8 videos, enjoy them without occupying any disk space on computer.
5KPlayer will offer you two ways to play M3U8 files: directly play m3u8 video links or download m3u8 URL to MP4 or other TS, MKV, FLV, etc file to play on Mac or Windows. As a free multifunctional media server, there are more of 5KPlayer for you to explore like 4K HD video playback, 360-degree video playback/streaming and movie music DLNA streaming. Get this best free M3U8 player below directly ↓↓↓
No.1 VLC – Offline M3U8 Player
Like 5KPlayer and Ace Player HD, VLC is a desktop M3U8 file player that can play M3U8 streams directly or after downloading, but the buffering speed is annoying and the download process is quite time-consuming indeed.
How to play M3U8 streaming videos via VLC:
1. Open VLC > Media > Open Network Stream > paste the m3u8 URL > click on Play.
2. Open VLC > click on Media on the top left corner > choose Open Network Stream > click on the Network tab when a new window pops up > paste the m3u8 link in the text box > click the small arrow beside the Play button and select Stream > a new window will show up but just click Next > make sure it says File in the drop down menu and click on Add button in the new window > click Browse button to select a destination folder, write a file name and then click Save > Next > remove the check mark next to Activate Transcoding > Next > Stream > when the entire bar becomes blue, it means you have downloaded the M3U8 video files > find the folder and play the downloaded M3U8 files.
No.2 HLS Player.net – Online M3U8 Video Player
This a very quick way to open M3U8 file online by just pasting the m3u8 URL into the URL loading box and clicking Load or Play. But this kind of M3U8 player including Akamai HLS Support Player does not seem to preload the m3u8 files, and this is why the gaps occur.
Step 1. Get Free M3U8 Player 5KPlayer
Click the download button below, install and launch it on your computer. 5KPlayer is low-CPU occupying that only takes you seconds to download and install.
Step 2. Play M3U8 Files via 5KPlayer in 2 Ways
1. Download M3U8 Files and then Play: Click the YouTube button on the main UI to access the download window > paste the m3u8 link into the box to analyze and then click Download. After downloading, you can see the new M3U8 videos in the Videos list, double click a video and 5KPlayer will play it immediately.
2. Play M3U8 Video Playlist via m3u8 stream Link Directly: On the main user interface of 5KPlayer, click the "Live" icon > input the m3u8 video URL and click on Play. It may costs you seconds to preload the M3U8 video playlist so that the video could be streamed smoothly.
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