Files that contain the file extension META are associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The most common association is RealNetworks RealPlayer, but the extension can also be part of Mac OS X or a Microsoft file. META files contain data and information related to the program that created the file.
If the META extension is associated with RealNetworks RealPlayer, the file is a data file type which stores information that is necessary for the proper functioning of RealPlayer. The contents include metadata that defines video files that are typically accompanied by the primary video which is opened and played using RealPlayer.
META files that are related to Mac OS X are a settings file type that contains configurations, user settings, installation files, and other elements which are necessary for running programs and applications. The files are commonly referred to as Metadata_Never_Index files and prevent specific Apple programs from automatically indexing data related to applications used with Mac OS X.
If the META files are created by Microsoft, the files are a game file type that is used with Black and White produced by Microsoft. The file contains characters, objects, gaming strategies, and other elements which are necessary for launching and opening a gaming application. Black and White is an older computer game which includes strategies for playing a fighting game.
How to Open META Files
Since META files are associated with multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. META files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open the file.
If the META files are related to RealNetworks RealPlayer and you use Windows or Mac OS X, you can open them using RealPlayer, which is available as a free download on the Real website. If you use Linux, you can open META files with VideoLAN VLC Media Player, which is available as a free download on the VideoLAN website.
META files that are created for use with Mac OS X are not designed to be opened manually. Opening the file could accidentally modify the settings which could render programs and applications useless and potentially cause errors in the operating system. The best and safest way to open META files is using the program the files are designed to work with in Mac OS X.
Microsoft META files associated with Black and White can be opened using the Black and White gaming application produced by Lionhead Studios. Black and White is available on the Lionhead website and is compatible with the Windows operating system.