What is XSPF, How to Convert & Open an XSPF File

What is XSPF

XSPF is a format of IPTV playlist that users might be aware of. This IPTV playlist is saved in the XML Shareable Playlist format. It is a text-only format based on XML. This file format is similar to M3U and Xtream Codes. Most of the IPTV players don’t support the XSPF file format. Therefore, users need to be aware of the IPTV players that support the format to access the IPTV playlist.  

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What is an XSPF File

XSPF is an XML Shareable Playlist Format file. The files with the file extension are text files. It is a reference for media files. However, the file doesn’t include media files. The file can be accessed by a media player on your streaming device. The IPTV player finds the location of the playlist and streams the IPTV content. The playlist includes various files, like videos and audio files.

How to Access an XSPF File

The IPTV playlist is not accessible on most IPTV players. You need to have an IPTV player that supports text editing to access this playlist format. Moreover, the IPTV playlist doesn’t work on various streaming devices. Users need an IPTV player like VLC Media Player to stream IPTV content from this service. You can use any of the following IPTV players to access this playlist.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a free and open-source IPTV player for your streaming device. You can access and stream the IPTV player on various devices like Android, Linux, iOS Devices, Windows, and Mac PC. Apart from XSPF files, it can access M3U Playlists as well. Moreover, users can access an electronic program guide from the provider.


Clementine is an audio player that can access IPTV content from XSPF playlists. It has a built-in search feature to find your preferred IPTV content. The various IPTV formats compatible with the IPTV player are M3U, XSPF, PLS, and ASX. Apart from these playlists, the media player can access content from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box.


Audacious is an open-source audio player. It can access XSPF playlists. Also, users can drag and drop media files. Furthermore, users can search for music and album in the library. The IPTV player is accessible on Windows and Linux. The Audacious IPTV app can play audio files in high-quality.

How to Convert an XSPF File

An XSPF file is a text file and is not supported on various platforms. So, users can convert XSPF files to various formats like MP4, WMV, or MP3. To convert the file, use a video player like VLC Media Player.

1. Launch VLC app on your computer.

2. Choose the Media option and click Open File.

3. Choose the Media option and click Save Playlist to File.

4. Click the Save as type drop-down menu.

5. Further, choose M3U playlist (*.m3u) option.

Convert XSPF to M3U

6. Finally, choose the Save option.  

How to Open XSPF Files

Depending on your streaming device, choose the right IPTV player to open the XSPF files.

How to Open XSPF Files on Windows

If you have a Windows 7, 8, or 10 computer, access the XSPF files.

1. You need to have an IPTV player that supports XSPF playlists.

2. Locate the downloaded XSPF file on the computer. Right-click on the XSPF file and click Open with.

Choose the Open with option

3. Choose the right IPTV player on your device.

4. Finally, access the IPTV content on your device.

How to Open XSPF Files on Mac

Users of Mac can also access the XSPF files without issues.

1. Make sure you have the right IPTV player on your Mac.

2. Access the XSPF playlist file on your computer.

3. Further, right-click on the IPTV file.

4. Next, choose the Open with option from the screen.

5. Further, choose the IPTV player to open the XSPF file.

Choose an IPTV player to access the XSPF playlist

How to Open XSPF Files on Linux

It is easy to access the XSPF playlist on Linux devices as well.

1. Make sure you have the right IPTV player to access the IPTV playlist on Linux.

2. Locate the IPTV file on your device.

3. Choose the Open With option and choose the IPTV player from the list.

Choose IPTV player to access the XSPF playlist

4. Finally, users can access and stream the XSPF playlist.

XSPF playlists are compatible with various IPTV players. Users need to have the best IPTV player to access the IPTV playlist. If you don’t have the right IPTV player, convert the playlist to a compatible format. For instance, you can save the playlist to an M3U or M3U8 format. If you can’t open the IPTV playlist, check the extension of the file format.