What is M3U list and How to find Server Address?

In this article, what is M3U list and How to find Server Address?

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M3U & Xtream Codes

When it comes to watching television shows, cable and satellite television used to be king. Not anymore. With the introduction of IPTV, we have experienced a huge shift in the way we consume television media.

When you want to use IPTV to view television shows on your computer, you make use of a certain file with an M3U file extension. This file is used by your computer’s video player to identify certain channels.

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.

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 URL, 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 URL 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 make an M3U playlist?

How do I make an M3U playlist in Windows Media Player?
1.Open Windows Media Player.
2.Browse and import source media files.
3.Drag the media files to Playlist.
4.Click on List options > Save list as.
5.Select M3U as playlist format.
6.Press the Save button to generate an M3U playlist.

How do M3U playlists work?

An M3U file just points to audio (and sometimes video) files so that a media player can queue them for playback. These text-based files can contain URLs and/or absolute or relative pathnames to the media files and/or folders. M3U files that are UTF-8 encoded are instead saved in the M3U8 file format.

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