Free HLS m3u8 URLs for Testing HLS Players [Updated]

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
    http://demo.unified-streaming.com/video/tears-of-steel/tears-of-steel.ism/.m3u8
  2. Big Buck Bunny VOD m3u8
    https://multiplatform-f.akamaihd.net/i/multi/will/bunny/big_buck_bunny_,640x360_400,640x360_700,640x360_1000,950x540_1500,.f4v.csmil/master.m3u8
  3. Sintel VOD m3u8
    https://multiplatform-f.akamaihd.net/i/multi/april11/sintel/sintel-hd_,512x288_450_b,640x360_700_b,768x432_1000_b,1024x576_1400_m,.mp4.csmil/master.m3u8
  4. Sample from Apple
    http://devimages.apple.com/iphone/samples/bipbop/bipbopall.m3u8
  5. fMP4 m3u8
    https://devstreaming-cdn.apple.com/videos/streaming/examples/img_bipbop_adv_example_fmp4/master.m3u8
  6. Live Akamai m3u8
    https://cph-p2p-msl.akamaized.net/hls/live/2000341/test/master.m3u8
  7. Live Akamai m3u8
    https://moctobpltc-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/571329/eight/playlist.m3u8
  8. 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!)
  9. 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!)
  10. 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!)
  11. Dolby Vision Profile 5 – Dolby Atmos m3u8: http://media.developer.dolby.com/DolbyVision_Atmos/profile5_HLS/master.m3u8
  12. Azure HLSv4 m3u8
    http://amssamples.streaming.mediaservices.windows.net/91492735-c523-432b-ba01-faba6c2206a2/AzureMediaServicesPromo.ism/manifest(format=m3u8-aapl) .. again, served over HTTP.
  13. Azure HLSv4 m3u8
    http://amssamples.streaming.mediaservices.windows.net/69fbaeba-8e92-4740-aedc-ce09ae945073/AzurePromo.ism/manifest(format=m3u8-aapl) served over HTTP.
  14. Azure 4K HLSv4 m3u8
    http://amssamples.streaming.mediaservices.windows.net/634cd01c-6822-4630-8444-8dd6279f94c6/CaminandesLlamaDrama4K.ism/manifest(format=m3u8-aapl) served over HTTP.

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, 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.

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

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