I want to see the content of a .m3u8 file without downloading it. I remember reading this trick somewhere, but I can't remember exactly where.

What I do remember, is that it involves adding special keywords at the beginning of the URL (eg. the file is located at http://example.com/yyy.m3u8 so the link you paste into address bar is something://example.com/yyy.m3u8 or something-http://example.com/yyy.m3u8). After this the file content shows in browser window.

This doesn't change the MIME or content type, it just does this temporarily. I can't find the trick anywhere because all the tutorials I can find are about teaching you how to change this in the Firefox file type option, or changing the MIME type files in your profiles folder.

  • SuperUser requires that posts are in Q&A format. Please move the short edit at the bottom of your question to its own answer (and mark it as accepted). – joeeey Apr 23 '14 at 3:11
  • @joejoe31b can't find my own 'edit' answer now ... but isn't it forbidden or "not recommended" to answer my own question ? last time i did this, i got a -1 message ... – Shuman Apr 23 '14 at 3:13
  • On one of the SuperUser help pages it says that they encourage people to answer their own questions. I think the problem is that you don't have enough reputation. For more information, have a look here: superuser.com/help/self-answer. – joeeey Apr 23 '14 at 3:19
  • oh i don't have enough reputation, maybe someone can paste my answers here. – Shuman Apr 23 '14 at 3:31
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    Users with less than 100 reputation must wait 8 hours before answering their own question if they do not instant-self-answer. ou should be able to post an answer in another 5 hours or so – Sathyajith Bhat Apr 23 '14 at 5:21

Prepend the url with view-source: like view-source:http://example.com/yyy.m3u8

  • i figured out this already ! thanks all the same ! ( i don't care about points ) – Shuman Apr 25 '14 at 1:29
  • view-source:https://sourceforge.net/p/fakedetector/code/HEAD/tree/trunk/fakebase/src/codecvt_iconv.h?format=raw does not work with Firefox 75.0b12 – Basilevs Apr 7 '20 at 9:06

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