How to open Y4M file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

Y4M files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing Y4M file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with Y4M extension. However, it should be remembered that Y4M file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is YUV4MPEG2 Video Format but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning Y4M files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with Y4M extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • YUV4MPEG2 Video Format

    .y4m file extension

    Category: Digital Video Files

    OS Software
    Windows FFmpeg FFmpeg
    y4mzip y4mzip
    MAC OS FFmpeg FFmpeg
    Linux FFmpeg FFmpeg

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from Y4M files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning Y4M extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning Y4M extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the Y4M file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports Y4M file extension
  • Y4M file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with Y4M files


If Y4M file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a Y4M file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open Y4M file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing Y4M in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit Y4M format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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