How to Convert M3U8 to MP4 with the Best M3U8 to MP4 Converters

Lisa Ou

Aug 18, 2020 17:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

I just downloaded a playlist from the internet, but my computer failed to open the M3U8 file, how to convert M3U8 to MP4?

M3U8 is not a commonly used media file format. It makes sense there are many questions around it, such as what are exactly M3U8 files, how can I play the M3U8 playlist, and more. Don’t worry! This article intends to answer these questions and show you the best methods to convert M3U8 to MP4 on your desktop and online.

How to Convert M3U8 to MP4 with the Best M3U8 to MP4 Converters

1. What is M3U8?

M3U8 is the file format of extensible playlist. A lot of online radio stations and streaming services use it to broadcast media content. Actually, it is the Unicode version of M3U format. The drawback is that only a few media players can read M3U8 files, such as VLC. However, it is not friendly to most digital devices and media player software.

2. The Best M3U8 Converter

As a media file converter, FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate is a powerful way to convert M3U8 to MP4. In addition, it supports various formats, so FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate also can be an effective MP4 converter, MOV converter, and many others. It provides lots of pro-level features in a way that everyone can master quickly.

  1. Convert M3U8 to MP4 on Windows and Mac OS X.
  2. Keep and enhance the original audio quality.
  3. Support a wide range of output formats including MP4, MP3, etc.
  4. Optimize M3U8 files for playback on mobile devices.
  5. Provide basic audio editing tools, like trim and merge.
  6. Compress video or audio files.
  7. Split MP4, MP3, AVI and other files into 2 parts.

In a word, Video Converter Ultimate is the easiest M3U8 converter program you can find on market.

How to Convert M3U8 to MP4

Install the best M3U8 converter

When your media player failed to play M3U8 files, download the FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate and install it on your PC. There is another version for Mac. Then open the program and start converting M3U8 to MP4.

video converter ultimate main interface

Add and preview your playlists

Hit the Add File menu on the top of the interface, find the M3U8 files on your hard drive and open them. Or click the arrow icon next to Add File button and select Add Folder to import all playlists in a single folder. The media player on the right panel is used to preview your playlists before conversion.

add file to video converter

Note: If you want to split the playlist or only convert several clips in the playlist, click the Trim menu to open the audio trim window. Then reset the starting and endpoints.

Convert M3U8 to MP4 in one click

Locate the bottom area, click and unfold the Profile drop, select General Video and MP4. If you want to play the MP4 output, select your device model directly. Then click the Browse button to set the target directory to save the output. Finally, hit the Convert button to initiate converting M3U8 to MP4.

output format

3. Convert M3U8 to MP4 with VLC

There are some free tools have the ability to convert M3U8 to MP4, such as VLC. It is not only an open-source media player, but also provides extensive features, such as media file conversion, record screen with VLC, snapshot via VLC, etc.

Run VLC and select Convert/Save from the Media menu on the top ribbon.

open media vlc

On the open-media window, click the Add button to import the M3U8 files that you want to convert. Once added, they will show up in the File Selection panel.

add playlist vlc

Next, click the Convert/Save button to open the next window. Go to the Settings section and choose MP4 from the Profile drop-down list. In order to select the destination folder, click the Browse button under the Destination section.

set mp4 vlc

Once you click the Start button, VLC will begin converting M3U8 to MP4, and you can monitor the status with the progress bar.

4. Top online M3U8 Converter

Web M3U8 converter app is another choice to convert M3U8 files to MP4 format. It does not require installation, but you cannot process large files online. We use Online Convert as an example to show you the procedure.

Top online M3U8 Converter

Open the web-based M3U8 to MP4 converter app in your browser. Find the M3U8 files on your hard disk, and drag and drop them into the page. Or you can upload M3U8 files from Google Drive, Dropbox or URL.

For beginners, click the Start conversion button to begin the process immediately. If you are advanced users, go to the Video settings or Audio settings sections and change the parameters.

When it is done, download all MP4 video files as ZIP files or get a single video.


This guide has shared the best ways to convert M3U8 to MP4 format. FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate is the most cost-effective option to generate MP4 videos from M3U8 files for both average people and professionals. If you have other suggestions or questions, please write it down below this post and we will reply to it as soon as possible.

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