How to Open Files with the .mp4 File Extension

What is the .mp4 file extension?

Mp4 (MPEG Audio Layer 4) is MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group)-4 multimedia file format and is generally used for sharing video files over the Internet.

.mp4 files are movie or video files that use MPEG-4 compression. These files may also contain information in picture or text format. The .mp4 video format incorporates different compression for audio and video tracks. The video content is compressed using MPEG-4 video encoding and audio data is compressed using the AAC compression type.

How to open an .mp4 file

If you use Windows, you can use any of the following applications to open a .mp4 file:

  • Apple iTunes
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • VideoLAN VLC media player
  • Roxio Creator 2010
  • Adobe Flash CS5
  • Bitberry Final Media Player
  • Any other movie player

If you use a Mac operating system, you can use any of the following applications to open a .mp4 file:

  • Apple iTunes
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • Roxio Popcorn 4
  • Roxio Toast 10 Titanium
  • VideoLAN VLC media player
  • Adobe Flash CS5
  • Any other movie player

If you use Linux, you can use the following application to open a .mp4 file:

  • VideoLAN VLC media player

My media player encounters a file type error when I try to open a .mp4 file – what should I do?

In such as case, we recommend that you make use of a reliable file extension repair program. These programs help you open, edit, and save even those files that give you a file type error when you try to open them otherwise.