Free HLS m3u8 URLs for Testing HLS Players [Updated for 2023]

Here is a list of free HLS m3u8 test URLs for testing OTT HLS (m3u8) Video Players (including Big Buck Bunny, Sintel, Tears of Steel, and m3u8 URLs from Akamai, Dolby, Azure, Unified Streaming).

HLS m3u8 URLs

When you are working with HLS (either writing a packager or writing an HLS-compliant player, or you just want to see how HLS works), it is always convenient to have a few sample HLS m3u8 URLs to test against – right? I always find myself googling for such URLs, so I have made a list of them right here for you!

If you are interested in HLS (HTTP Live Streaming), then these articles will interest you –

  1. What is HLS or HTTP Live Streaming?
  2. How to package for HLS using FFmpeg?
  3. List of HLS or m3u8 video players
  4. HLS vs. MPEG-DASH

Here is the list of m3u8 URLs –

  1. Tears of Steel m3u8
    https://demo.unified-streaming.com/k8s/features/stable/video/tears-of-steel/tears-of-steel.ism/.m3u8
  2. fMP4 m3u8
    https://devstreaming-cdn.apple.com/videos/streaming/examples/img_bipbop_adv_example_fmp4/master.m3u8
  3. MP4 m3u8: https://demo.unified-streaming.com/k8s/features/stable/video/tears-of-steel/tears-of-steel.mp4/.m3u8
  4. Live Akamai m3u8
    https://cph-p2p-msl.akamaized.net/hls/live/2000341/test/master.m3u8
  5. Live Akamai m3u8
    https://moctobpltc-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/571329/eight/playlist.m3u8
  6. Dolby VOD m3u8
    http://d3rlna7iyyu8wu.cloudfront.net/skip_armstrong/skip_armstrong_stereo_subs.m3u8 – this is served over HTTP, so it might result in media errors. To avoid this, reload your HLS player using HTTP (less secure, but, you can playback this stream!)
  7. Dolby Multichannel m3u8
    http://d3rlna7iyyu8wu.cloudfront.net/skip_armstrong/skip_armstrong_multichannel_subs.m3u8 – this is served over HTTP, so it might result in media errors. To avoid this, reload your HLS player using HTTP (less secure, but, you can playback this stream!)
  8. Dolby Multilanguage m3u8
    http://d3rlna7iyyu8wu.cloudfront.net/skip_armstrong/skip_armstrong_multi_language_subs.m3u8 – this is served over HTTP, so it might result in media errors. To avoid this, reload your HLS player using HTTP (less secure, but, you can playback this stream!)
  9. Azure HLSv4 m3u8 (copy paste in your browser and it will download the m3u8)
    http://amssamples.streaming.mediaservices.windows.net/91492735-c523-432b-ba01-faba6c2206a2/AzureMediaServicesPromo.ism/manifest(format=m3u8-aapl) .. again, served over HTTP.
  10. Azure HLSv4 m3u8 (copy paste in your browser and it will download the m3u8)
    http://amssamples.streaming.mediaservices.windows.net/69fbaeba-8e92-4740-aedc-ce09ae945073/AzurePromo.ism/manifest(format=m3u8-aapl) served over HTTP.
  11. Azure 4K HLSv4 m3u8 (copy paste in your browser and it will download the m3u8)
    http://amssamples.streaming.mediaservices.windows.net/634cd01c-6822-4630-8444-8dd6279f94c6/CaminandesLlamaDrama4K.ism/manifest(format=m3u8-aapl) served over HTTP.
HLS m3u8 URLs 
m3u8 HLS testing URL

Credit for the HLS m3u8 URLs

Credit to Apple, Akamai, Unified Streaming, Dolby, Azure for creating and hosting these HLS m3u8 URLs. If you have any more HLS m3u8 URLs that you can add to this list, please add it in the comments section, and I will add them to the list. Also, if any of the streams are not working, let me know. Thanks!

krishna rao vijayanagar
Krishna Rao Vijayanagar

I’m Dr. Krishna Rao Vijayanagar, founder of OTTVerse. I have a Ph.D. in Video Compression from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and I have worked on Video Compression (AVC, HEVC, MultiView Plus Depth), ABR streaming, and Video Analytics (QoE, Content & Audience, and Ad) for several years.

Related:  Video Bitrate vs. Resolution For Video Streaming

I hope to use my experience and love for video streaming to bring you information and insights into the OTT universe.

7 Comments

  1. This post is now 2 years old, but many of the links, such as the Apple ones are still working great! Extremely useful resources for software developers working on early-stage products. Thanks!

  2. Hi
    I have 1 link mpd live and also (kid, key), now how can I play it from vlc, mx-play, potplay, any media player? everytime everywhere? I am using nginx on coreelec. Thank.

1 Trackback / Pingback

  1. How does HLS Video Streaming Work? - OTTVerse

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*