Alternatives to VLC Media Player for all platforms with any license

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  • MPC-HC icon

    MPC-HC

    MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback. We are...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    • It's FOSS, just like VLC, but has much more cleaner and logical GUI, it's very light on resources and works great with LAV Filters and FFDshow (if one wants to have some extra configurable postprocessing options). AtoshiDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect). BIr4Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Much better support for modern codecs (x265 + Opus + MKV for instance) patheticcockroachOct 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Is more user-friendly, specially the HC and the BE versions at the cost of less advanced features. TikiThorsenJun 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't need any external codec and uses less procesing power than VLC. Also, it has better subtitle support and better scaling quality via madVR. Perfect for 4K, HEVC, Opus, hi10p MKV, etc. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Daum PotPlayer

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

    Free Windows

    • Works with most formats out of the box. Mostly configure for skins, key shortcuts etc. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    SMPlayer

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

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Haiku

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    • On Linux systems is much better than VLC,faster,with no bugs and read every kind of video file. Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    mpv

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • I had some rare cases were VLC and mplayer couldn't play a video correctly. MPV did it for me on Linux and Windows. Also like the GUI (or the lack of it) a lot more. vektorwegDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • There was a time when VLC was justifiably considered the best open-source cross-platform movie player. MPV has closed the gap substantially and is likely to work out-of-the-box in a minority of cases where VLC gets stuck. Excellent software. Open souce (trustworthy) and free, of course. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Reliably supports more newer encodes + minimal InsaneFromEarthJul 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't have hiccups VLC have during playbacks InsaneFromEarthJun 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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 with the help of new H/W decoder. ...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

    • Powerful, Support lots of formats. Easy to use Guest • Aug 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Really does a good job of playing a video with maximized settings. Looks gorgeous. HurDugggioDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • KMPlayer icon

    KMPlayer

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

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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    • Bundleware Be careful during installation. https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
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    Banshee

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
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    Miro

    Miro (formerly Democracy Player) is a free and open source internet TV application, media library, and video player. Through Miro, you can subscribe to any RSS feed...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued No updates since 2013. Youtube intergration broken because of no updates since youtube API changed. See changelog: http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/pculture.org/Miro/
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    MPC-BE

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

    Open Source Windows

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  • GOM Media Player icon

    GOM Media Player

    GOM Media Player (Gretech Online Movie Player) is a freeware media player. Key strengths are the ability to play the majority of media files without the need to obtain a...

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

    • Bundleware The installer contains additional bloatware that can hijack your browser's settings. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
    • VLC Player looks like it belongs on a Windows 95 computer. GOM Player has a much more professional interface with lots of options. Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Quod Libet

    A extensible Music player with Podcast support, web radio, playlists and many more. As it is written in Python, writing new plug-ins is really easy.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Debian Xfce

VLC Media Player Comments

user friendly

Positive Comment by harmansingh
about VLC Media Player Dec 2016

vlc plays videos and movies of many formats and also offers subtitle options and has good volume effects.

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plays almost all types of files

Positive Comment by vikcyross
about VLC Media Player and RealPlayer Dec 2016

i downloaded VLC for a try. But now i only use vlc as it plays almost all types of video files and also has got some awesome features.

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:/

Negative Comment by igenn
about VLC Media Player and MPC-HC Dec 2016

I had some issues (am i the only one?):
- green line on the bottom and on the right corner
- could not play DVD's (menu was not working at all)
- problem with subtitle search (freezes during search, some forums said edit host file,other edit a file with hex-editor...no, i just hit the uninstall button,thx...clearly something is wrong with it)

On windows MPC-HC is the best alternative to it if you have similar issues.

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el mejor reprodutor!

Positive Comment by jaivark
about VLC Media Player Nov 2016

reproduce todo tipo de formato/multiplataforma /facil de usar

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My go to

Comment by thiagodcosta11
about VLC Media Player Nov 2016

I really prefer this one over any other, this has worked fine every time I have used it. I personally wouldn't change to another media player.

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Can`t actually decide

Comment by Libido
about VLC Media Player Oct 2016

Does KM Player works better than VLC Player? I used both of them and i like KM Player more. But it`s really trendy and i want to use less popular one.

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most great media player

Comment by saloma
about VLC Media Player Sep 2016

i think it's the most great media player

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great

Comment by louisbeckler784
about VLC Media Player Aug 2016

it works just fine and in every platform i have tried it, very good

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Works

Comment by sophiaschuler600
about VLC Media Player Aug 2016

I think it works just fine, i have used this for years and never had any issue with it. Very simple to use.

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El mejor

Positive Comment by estebanvargas
about VLC Media Player Jul 2016

En cualquier plataforma !

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VLC

Comment by phuoc_phuoc5
about VLC Media Player Jul 2016

VLC can live broadcast ?

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does the work

Comment by sebastiandowny
about VLC Media Player Apr 2016

as a media player works just fine, i haven't had the need to try another

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still the best

Comment by markcarandini
about VLC Media Player Apr 2016

i think is still the best media player available, don't need to change it

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The Best

Positive Comment by delvallerichard
about VLC Media Player Mar 2016

Still the best free player out there!

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