What is an XSPF File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert XSPF Files

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A file with the XSPF file extension (pronounced as "spiff") is an XML Shareable Playlist Format file. They're not media files in and of themselves, but instead just XML files that point to, or reference media files.

A media player uses the XSPF file to determine what files should be opened. It reads the XSPF to understand where the media files are stored, and plays them according to what the XSPF files says.

XSPF files are similar to other playlist formats like M3U8 and M3U, but are built with portability in mind. You can read more about XML Shareable Playlist Format at XSPF.org.

How To Open an XSPF File

XSPF files are XML-based files, which means any text editor (like Notepad++) can open it for editing and viewing the text. However, a program like VLC media player is needed to actually use the XSPF file.

A huge list of other programs that use XSPF files are available through this XSPF.org programs list.

How to Convert an XSPF File

It's important to remember that an XSPF file is just a text file. This means you cannot convert an XSPF file to MP4, MP3, MOV, AVI, WMV, or any other audio/video file format.

However, if you open an XSPF file with a text editor, you can see where the media files are physically located and then use a free file converter on those files (but not on the XSPF) to convert them to MP3, etc.

Converting an XSPF file to another playlist file, however, is completely acceptable and easy to do if you have the free VLC media player on your computer. Just open the XSPF file in VLC, and then go to the Media > Save Playlist to File... option to convert the XSPF file to M3U or M3U8.

Online Playlist Creator may be helpful in converting XSPF to the PLS or WPL (Windows Media Player Playlist) format.

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