What is M3U list

An introduction to the M3U list and how to find the server address

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What is the M3U list

The M3U list is a text file format that contains information regarding the channel list such as the name of the channels, the URL of the channel source, and the channel reference number divided into different groups of countries for ease of access. M3U is the most used format for all IPTV devices.

Although originally designed for audio files, such as MP3, it is commonly used to point media players to audio and video sources, including online sources. M3U was originally developed by Fraunhofer for use with their Winplay3 software, but numerous media players and software applications now support the format.

How to Use an M3U

The VLC media player is the best choice for streaming IPTV channels. The VLC is a free media player which supports a large variety of audio and video content. Additionally, it helps other formats such as M3U8, PLS, XSPF, CON, etc. M3U is the most used IPTV script among all IPTV users and it can be used on Smart TV, Smartphones, Android setup boxes, STB emulators, Roku, and so forth.

How to edit an M3U file and create a favorites list

The M3U files can be edited with any text editor such as notepad because the files are text-based. You can simply open the downloaded M3U file with a notepad and delete the unwanted channels from the list and save the file on your computer. Then you can use this customized M3U file with your IPTV applications.

Why the channels are not categorized

The reason is that you are using a simple M3U URL or file. In order to have channels in groups and categorized, you must use M3U with options as your IPTV script.

The progressive IPTV providers give you a dashboard in which you can download your M3U list, generate M3U with options URL and reload your list to have channels categorized. If you don’t have access to any dashboard system ask your IPTV provider for M3U with options URL.

How to find Server Address in M3U Url

The M3U list is a text file format that contains information regarding the channel list such as the name of the channels, the URL of the channel source, and the channel reference number divided into different groups of countries for ease of access. M3U is the most used format for all IPTV devices.

Some applications like “IPTV Smarter” and “GSE Xtream-Codes API” in the setting ask for “Server Address”,  “Username” and “Password”.

How to find Server Address in an M3U URL

Finding these details from the M3U list is not complicated, just a little confusing. In this article, we will help you to find these details easily.

Below, we explain it in an example,

The first part of M3U Url is the Server name you need (before the “/”).

For this sample M3U Url : http://”Server.Address”/get.php?username=“ABCD”&password=“EFGH”&type=m3u_plus&output=ts

These are the details you need for IPTV setup:

Server Address:    HTTP://”Server.Address”/ Username :           “ABCD” Password:            “EFGH”

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FAQ

How do I get an m3u list?

Right-click on the playlist window > Add files / Add folder and import audio files a folder from your computer into VLC. Then, select Media on the upper-right > Save Playlist to File > specify the output path > rename the file and save the type as m3u list > Save.

How do I get live TV channel URL?

How to Find URLs for TV Channels
Find your local broadcast stations through the Station Index or the FCC website (see links in Resources). …
Check your cable or satellite provider’s website for a channel listing (see links in Resources) to determine the name of the cable channel for which you want a URL.

What is a tv URL?

tv is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Tuvalu. .tv. Introduced.

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