Written by Kaylee Wood | Last updated: May 07, 2020
Have you found an .m3u8 file or got an m3u8 playlist link on the internet, but don't know how to download M3U8 files for offline viewing? M3U8 is a HTTP Live Streaming based file format that can contain a file or a multimedia playlist including audio and videos, thus making it totally different from other media format. To download M3U8 stream playlists or files on Windows/Mac, you need a sophisticated M3U8 video downloader to that end.
[Warning] YouTube music & copyright-protected contents are not supported for download.
No matter a single M3U8 video or an M3U8 playlist, M3U8 download software 5KPlayer can handle it at ease and help download M3U8 live streaming video link to MP4 without quality loss. If you want to stream M3U8 video links directly, 5KPlayer can also act as a M3U8 player to realize that.
M3U8 often comes with the form of a live streaming playlist link, and the playlist can contain internet radios, a series of videos and songs with names written in different languages with different character sets. So, it is quite hard for a common video downloader to analyze the link, let alone download M3U8 playlists streams. Besides, the downloaded .m3u8 files are stored in a plain-text format that requires a text editor or professional M3U8 player to open. To figure out how to download M3U8 files and play them on Windows Mac successfully, you can read on.
You may have got an M3U8 video downloader in hand, but don't know how to get an m3u8 streaming playlist link? To download M3U8, extracting .m3u8 link from a video site is what you should prioritize of course. However, the thing is quite complex, as you can't get the .m3u8 link from just copying the URL from the address bar. So, here is the method to extract .m3u8 playlist file link.
Actually, a powerful M3U8 video downloader and player like 5KPlayer can directly play the .m3u8 video streaming link without downloading, thus saving much of your time as well as save disk space for your computer. But if you insist on M3U8 playlist download in case needed, 5KPlayer will offer an easy guide.
Step 1. Free download 5KPlayer, install and launch it on your computer.
Step 2. Find the .m3u8 video link, and click on YouTube icon on the main UI of 5KPlayer to "Paste URL & Analyze".
Step 3. After the parsing process, click on the download button and 5KPlayer will automatically download M3U8 files playlist to MP4.
Disclaimer: 5KPlayer does not advocate downloading copyright content for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the copyright laws in your countries before doing so.
5KPlayer will become your new helpmate to M3U8 download with multi-thread downloading, auto M3U8 to MP4 conversion and playlists support. It reaches the point and does what it promised. For anyone who isn't tech-savvy, 5KPlayer is easy to handle.
Wonder how to play .m3u8 playlist stream link directly with 5KPlayer? Just copy the .m3u8 link > click on Live on the main interface of 5KPlayer > input the URL and click on Play. Never end with that, 5KPlayer's DLNA streaming function also allows for M3U8 DLNA across platforms to enable you to enjoy M3U8 files on bigger screen.
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