.MPEG File Extension

.MPEG File Extension

File Type

MPEG Video

Developer Moving Picture Experts Group
3.8  |  121 Votes
Category Video Files
Format Binary

What is an MPEG file?

An MPEG file is a video file that uses a digital video format standardized by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). It contains video and audio that are compressed using MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 compression. MPEG files are typically used to share videos over the Internet.

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Screenshot of a .mpeg file in Apple QuickTime Player
MPEG file open in Apple QuickTime Player

The Moving Picture Experts Group is an international workgroup that sets standards for media compression and encoding. Most notably, MPEG sets standards for video and audio compression. In 1993, MPEG created the initial version of MPEG video and audio compression, named MPEG-1. In 1995, MPEG created MPEG-1's successor, MPEG-2.

Most MPEG files contain video and audio data that has been compressed using either MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 compression. MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 videos can also be saved as .MPG files. MPEG videos are now more commonly saved as .MP4 files, which utilize MPEG-4 compression.

How do I open an MPEG file?

Because MPEG compression is widely-supported, you can open an MPEG file in most media players, including:

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Programs that open MPEG files

Updated February 8, 2021

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