Alternatives to VLC Media Player for all platforms with Free 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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    • Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect). BIr4Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • 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
    • Better streaming buffering, runs custom enhanced codecs like LAV filters and madVR, borderless mode is perfect. bumbaMar 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • x265 HEVC Support is amazing. VLC takes 10second to jump playback but MPC-HC doesn't take any. ugurozturk3 days ago 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
    • Is more user-friendly, specially the HC and the BE versions at the cost of less advanced features. TikiThorsenJun 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Much better support for modern codecs (x265 + Opus + MKV for instance) patheticcockroachOct 2016 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

    • 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 an audio and 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

    • Reliably supports more newer encodes + minimal InsaneFromEarthJul 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • 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
    • Doesn't have hiccups VLC have during playbacks InsaneFromEarthJun 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    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
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    MPlayer

    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, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska...

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

    • It read and play most media without any constraints. Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    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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    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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    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/