Alternatives to MPC-HC for all platforms with any license

  • VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Chrome OS ... Windows RT Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch tvOS Kindle Fire Haiku Solaris Xfce

    • MPC-HC shows a preview on the thumbnail for all video formats including WebM
      Guest 7/5/2015
  • Winamp icon

    Winamp Discontinued

    Winamp is a media player for Windows and OS X developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android

  • Daum PotPlayer icon

    Daum PotPlayer

    KMPlayer's developer started a new project for Daum, the PotPlayer. It feels like the KMPlayer, but is in active development. It...

    Free Windows

  • SMPlayer icon


    SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Haiku

    • SMPlayer lacks the features and the feel of MPC-HC
      Guest 6/2/2016
  • MPlayer icon


    MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD AmigaOS Xfce ... MorphOS

  • mpv icon


    mpv is a movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • KMPlayer icon

    KMPlayer Bundleware

    The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • MX Player icon

    MX Player

    MX Player - The best way to enjoy your movies. a) HARDWARE ACCELERATION - Hardware acceleration can be applied to more videos...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

  • Banshee icon

    Banshee Discontinued

    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Windows Media Player icon

    Windows Media Player

    The media player provided pre-installed with all modern Windows versions (7 and higher): Windows Media Player 12 plays more music and...

    Free Windows

  • GOM Media Player icon

    GOM Media Player Bundleware

    GOM Media Player (Gretech Online Movie Player) is a freeware media player. Key strengths are the ability to play the majority of media...

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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  • MPC-BE icon


    MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows. MPC-BE is based on the original Guliverkli project and...

    Open Source Windows

  • QuickTime Player icon

    QuickTime Player

    Watch Internet video, HD movie trailers, and personal media clips. Whether it’s on the web or on your desktop, QuickTime Player brings...

    Freemium Mac

  • UMPlayer icon


    UMPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems. It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • MPlayerX icon

    MPlayerX Warning

    MPlayerX is an open source project which aims to be the most powerful, beautiful, easy to use multimedia player on Mac OS X. It is...

    Open Source Mac

  • DivX icon


    A professional and reliable software solution that provides you with the latest codecs and enables high quality DivX HEVC video...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone

  • BSPlayer icon


    BSPlayer is the first software movie player ever to enable its users to focus on watching the movie instead of dealing with poor...

    Freemium Windows Android Kindle Fire

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  • RealPlayer icon


    RealPlayer with RealTimes (aka “RealPlayer” for short) still includes the legacy features, such as Video Player, Downloader...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Kindle Fire

  • Splash icon


    Splash 2.0 lets you watch and convert your videos like never before - superb performance, smooth motion, crisp details and vivid...

    Freemium Windows

  • bomi icon


    bomi is a multimedia player aiming for easy usage but also providing various powerful features and convenience functions -...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • SPlayer icon


    SPlayer is a player that supports all popular formats, including DVDRip, HDTV, RMVB, QuickTime, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AC3/DTS, VP3/6/7...

    Open Source Windows

  • 1by1 icon


    1by1 is a small, fast and handy audio player which is not only small: it provides a smart and versatile environment to handle your...

    Free Windows Linux Android

  • mplayer2 icon

    mplayer2 Discontinued

    mplayer2 is an advanced general-purpose video player. A fork of the original MPlayer project, it contains significant further...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • SmoothVideo Project icon

    SmoothVideo Project

    SVP allows you to watch any video on your PC file with frame interpolation (like you can watch it on high-end TVs and projectors). It...

    Freemium Windows

  • Movist icon


    A Mac media player based on QuickTime and FFMpeg, Open source under the GPLv3 and hosted on Google Code. A Simple and clean...

    Open Source Mac

  • QQPlayer icon


    QQ Player is a highly multimedia player for various audio and video formats. It supports all the popular formats of videos, including...

    Free Windows Android

  • Gnome MPlayer

    A GTK+2 interface to MPlayer. The power of MPlayer combined with a friendly interface for your desktop; You can play all your...

    Open Source Linux BSD Xfce

  • DVDFab Media Player icon

    DVDFab Media Player

    DVDFab Media Player is the best Blu-ray media player software available in cyberspace. It plays back all the video formats you have...

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • Bino icon


    Bino is a video player with the following main features: Support for stereoscopic 3D video, with a wide variety of input and output...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Eina icon


    Your music belongs to you Current music players are focused on managing your music collection, while using mandatory criteria about...

    Open Source Mac Linux

  • ALLPlayer icon


    ALLPlayer 6.0 is a freeware with modern and intuitive interface, known more from smartphones and tablets.

    Free Personal Windows Android

  • Flip4Mac icon


    Play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) on your Mac using QuickTime or a web browser

    Commercial Mac

  • 5KPlayer icon


    5KPlayer is a mixture of free (MKV) HD video player, music player, AirPlay media streamer and online video downloader.

    Free Mac Windows

MPC-HC Comments

really simple

Positive Comment by fromagnoli92
about MPC-HC Sep 2016

im a media player user and whit this new player i have more fun in less time. highly recommended


It is so awesome even if it look so simple.

Positive Comment by Weltall
about MPC-HC Dec 2015

I am a Zoom Player user, but the main 3 reasons I ever preferred Zoom Player over MPC, was how you could set Zoom player to play the next media file in the folder, without having to create a playlist for it to play the next file, the ability to zoom in and out the video/window with the mouse wheel and the fact I found a skin that let me shrink the player to the point the window was really tiny, making it perfect for any multitasking work. I also used the shortcut SHIFT+H which would bring the play history in it's nice sleek interface, but that's secondary.

For better or worse, Zoom Player looked better too and all nice, but no matter what, unlike MPC, it did not like external Codec packs. Also after testing for a long time I came to the conclusion that ZP uses more sources than MPC, so MPC is indeed more lightweight.

For anyone that does not like the windows 98 look of MPC, I suggest to look up KCP Codec Pack Black Edition. It is a codec pack compiled to support extra codecs packed with the black edition of MPC, which looks really awesome. If you want to see an image of how it looks if you tinket a bit with it's looks, here it is on my windows 7 machine;


The buttons on the top right do not appear until you move your mouse over there and then they pop up. So do not worry, you won't be watching your movie with these there.


Very Quick and Responsive!

Positive Comment by Augustianris
about MPC-HC and VLC Media Player Nov 2013

MPC loads videos and music very quickly. When I listen to music through vlc, when I try to start a new song, there is about a two second delay, but with Media PLayer Classic, it is almost instantaneous! Very nice player!


I liked it

Positive Comment by impossible
about MPC-HC and SMPlayer, VLC Media Player Jul 2013

I liked this media player, it was fast and light. I could not find out if i could see my album covers for my music, which i would have liked. Good player but something keeps bringing me back to other players.


Better than VLC

Positive Comment by Apaosha
about MPC-HC and ffdshow tryouts, VLC Media Player Sep 2012

MPC-HC is my new favourite player regarding playing 1080p-stuff. It looks so beautiful with ffdshow-tryouts. Much better quality than with VLC.


Using VLC Player I had always program crashes.

Positive Comment by topofired3
about MPC-HC and VLC Media Player Jun 2011

I was unable to play some videos from a DVD that where in a folder (.NFO, etc) and not in a real disk, using VLC Player I had always program crashes. I downloaded this application (MediaPlayer Clasic Home Cinema) and it works like a charm! Thanks!


It plays everything without extra codecs

Positive Comment by keeshob
about MPC-HC Jun 2011

The player that plays everything ,without the need for downloading extra codecs.


Doesn't compare to Zoom Player's UI and lacks customization ...

Comment by ATx
about MPC-HC and Zoom Player Jun 2011

Doesn't compare to Zoom Player's UI and lacks customization options, but it has the best DirectShow filters, it plays about anything. It even offers DirectX Video Acceleration.

You can use MPC-HC's DirectShow filters with Zoom Player for the ultimate multimedia experience.


THE best player of the moment.

Positive Comment by PeterWilt
about MPC-HC Jun 2011

THE best player of the moment. Beats all the rest with fingers in nose.


The best video player

Positive Comment by maverickrohan
about MPC-HC Jun 2011

The best and most technically versatile video player without the useless bells and whistles!