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M3U8 Downloader

Downloads video streams

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Release Date: November 22, 2022
Version: 2.6 (Version History)

What is an M3U8 file?

M3U8 is a special file type that is used by various audio and video playback websites. It includes all the information that is necessary to download media files.

Video streaming sites use Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) streaming to deliver video. HLS or DASH can be used for that, but they work pretty much the same way. A large MP4 file is broken into a bunch of smaller video files and a manifest file is created to tell the video player how to play the stream. That manifest file is the M3U8, M3U or MPD file. The biggest advantage of using ABR is that you can package different quality levels (bitrates) together and the player can switch between them depending on the network connection.

Download M3U8

You can easily download live video streams, video files and audio files by using "M3U8 Downloader" software. Basically it is an online video extractor software. All you need to do is add any M3U8 URL and click the "Download" button. The software will download video from M3U8 file.

Convert M3U8 to MP4

The software will automatically read the contents of downloaded M3U8 file and convert it to an appropriate video format such as MP4, MKV, MOV, TS, WebM. Since M3U8 files themselves do not contain video, conversion is dependent on the availability of URLs read from the file.

Please note that MKV format is recommended for live streams because it is more resistant to corruption than other formats. It is advisable to use MKV when possible.

How to detect M3U8 streams

Stream detector browser extensions can directly give you M3U8 filenames, however you can still get these files without any extension. Open Google Chrome's "developer tools" and click the "network" tab. Then, navigate to the page with the media and get it to start playing. Filter the list of files to "m3u8". The filename usually ends with "master.m3u8" or "playlist.m3u8". If you are able to copy the URL, you can download the stream using "M3U8 Downloader".

Category: Network & Internet - Download Managers

Supports: Windows Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit)

Language: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Magyar, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Pусский, Shqip, Slovenščina, Suomi, Svenska, Türkçe, Čeština, Ελληνικά, Українська, български, עִבְרִית, العربية, فارسی, 中文, 日本語, 한국어

License: Freeware — no nags, no ads, fully functional

This software uses code of FFmpeg licensed under the LGPLv3 and its source can be downloaded here

Rated 4.5 / 5 (15 reviews)

This application is working awesome....just awesome....hats off to the developers...


— Anonymous User

Worked great, stable, simple, fast, FREE, love it..!!

— Bob

I like the program, I searched for programs that can download m3u8 in live but the only thing that those programs download was a mere part of the transmission.
Your programs do the work just fine.

— Anonymous User

Love it. It fulfills its mission very well.
Thank you.

— Anonymous User

Good job!!! IDM, Jaksta, Video DownloadHelper ... all cannot.

— Anonymous User

The most practical m38u program in the world, thank you so much!

— Anonymous User

This application is working like a charm...just awesome :)))

— Anonymous User

The program is perfect, simple and easy to use, the only thing that could improve, if possible, is that it can download the right file name, instead of giving a generic name, it would make it much easier !!!

— Anonymous User


— Anonymous User

Me gusta!
Boa noite. Obrigado pelo programa. Parabéns.

— MayconBack

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