What is M3U list and How to find Server Address

What is the M3U list

What is M3U list and How to find Server Address. M3U stands for MP3 URL. It is a format mostly associated with audio playlists but has expanded to contain visual information and can be used for multimedia files. Multimedia players use M3U files to queue files for playback. It is one of the most widely-used formats on MP3 players for audio compilations and for live streaming, which is very popular in the IPTV industry.

An M3U file contains information on the media that you intend to add to your playlist. For IPTV services, you can add data on the channels you want to watch using a text file to edit and compile the file.

How to use an M3U list

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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What is a name server address?

A name server is a server that returns an IP address when given a domain name. This IP address is basically the domain’s location on the Internet.

How do I find my server address?

How to Find the Host Name and MAC Address of your machine
Open the command prompt. Click on the Windows Start menu and search “cmd” or “Command Prompt” in the taskbar. …
Type in ipconfig /all and press Enter. This will display your network configuration.
Find your machine’s Host Name and MAC Address.

What is an example of a server address?

Typically, the server address is a system name (if the systems are in the same domain), a fully qualified domain name, or an IP address: If the systems are in the same domain, you can use the name of the computer system; for example, SYSTEM46. To use an IP address, it must be unique in your environment.

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