Files with h264 extension can be most notably found as video files encoded using MPEG-4 H.264 codec. H.264 is often used to transport video in high quality through 3G networks to mobile devices.

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H264 file extension - H.264 video

What is h264 file? How to open h264 files?

File type specification:

Digital video and movie file type icon Digital video and movie file type

h264 file icon: h264 filetype icon

File extension h264 is associated with video files that stores video content in H.264 video format. H.264 video codec was introduced with Apple QuickTime version 7.

H.264 codec is a part of MPEG-4 standard and is used to transport video in high quality through 3G networks to mobile devices. H264 video uses for example Apple iChat for video conferencing.

H.264 codec uses innovations in video compression technology to provide the best video quality from the smallest amount of video data. H.264 delivers the same quality as MPEG-2 at a third to half the data rate and up to four times the frame size of MPEG-4 Part 2 at the same data rate.

Updated: January 14, 2024

The default software associated to open h264 file:

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

Very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other operating systems and platforms.

VLC can playback many of the video formats (AVI, MKV, OGV, WMV, ASF, MOV...) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, M4A, OGG, FLAC...) as well as support of subtitles for video. It can also be used as a streaming server and multimedia transcoder.

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Help how to open:

Use Apple QuickTime or MPlayer to play video files in H.264 video file format.

How to convert:

Use any video converter, such as Freemake Video Converter, Miro Video Converter etc. to convert H264 video to any other video file format.

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List of software applications associated to the .h264 file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open h264 file, edit h264 file, convert h264 file, view h264 file, play h264 file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting h264 files.

h264 file players - programs that can play h264 file - H.264 video

Programs supporting the exension h264 on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for play h264 file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with h264 file by default:
VLC media player small icon VLC media player
Other suggested software:
Apple QuickTime small icon Apple QuickTime
MPlayer small icon MPlayer
Cyberlink PowerDVD small icon Cyberlink PowerDVD
Apple iTunes for Windows small icon Apple iTunes for Windows

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