4 out of 5 with 40 ratings

PotPlayer Reviews

Best video player for 2017

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Are you looking features-rich media player, which at the same time has intuitive and good UI, nice design which not stuck somewhere in 2005, and at the same time lightweight? PotPlayer is totally for you. Look screenshot below. It uses less then 100MB while playing big video while, without lags, with tons of filters for video which making video much better. It support really million of different options which make your any video looks and sound like you like. It support 3d, it has good skins, and it support mostly ALL video formats. If you are looking for better MPC-HK or VLC alternative -> PotPlayer is your choise.

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PotPlayer is an impressive free media player

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KMPlayer is dead as in dead, the original other left the development long time ago and its development has stopped, its developer however started another project called POTPLAYER, which is in my opinion KMPlayer improved+features.

PotPlayer is a comprehensive freeware video and audio player, that also supports TV channels, subtitles and skins. Done by the same Korean author as The KMPlayer. It works w/ madVR/HR/EVR and Reclock of course…it’s a much improved/faster version of KMPlayer, including ffdshow and some other stuff to connect to a Korean-only video/chat network. Plenty of features and rich customization. It gives its users great control over its functions, allowing modification of the video speed, adjusting the audio volume, decrease or increase contrast and brightness. Also, several skins are available so that users can match the appearance of their video player to the theme of their OS. Player contains internal codecs and there is no need to install codecs manually.

PotPlayer supports seamless playback (up to 1000 -one thousand – AVI/ WMV/ MKV/ MPG files at once, mixed containers are allowed), auto-resume on the last 200 opened files, has fully configurable XML skin files and also a D3D exclusive mode. Other key features include WebCam/ Analog/ Digital TV devices support, gapless video Playback, DXVA, live broadcasting.

PotPlayer supports almost every available video formats out there (such as AVI, WMV, ASF, MPEG, M2V, MTS, DPG, WebM, AMV or DivX) formats. Also supports a wide range of audio formats (including, but not limited to WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, M4A, AAC, RA, FLAC and MOD), and recognizes several playlist formats (like M3U, ASX, PLS, WVX or CUE).


The God Father of media players

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Although not Open Source I just have to side on this media player as it can do everything without any external filters/decoders.

To me the most important feature that PotPlayer has is the ability to select filters for various formats without having to force allow. This is extremely useful if you have custom filters and you want to only enable certain filters/decoders for specified formats (AVC, Divx, FLV, etc) without having to configure the filters themselves. It's all built-in.
If i'm not mistaken PotPlayer is the only player that can do this. I dare you to prove me wrong.

Another important feature that I found to work "BEST" in PotPlayer is streaming online content. You are able to see the loading progress within the seekbar.

This player has built-in madVR support (Madshi). There is nothing to complain about!

[Edited by User4894008, February 01]


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Faster than VLC & MPC-HC, simple, beautiful


Lack of smartness

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Cool player but missing small smart details.


1 ) flawless performance
2) very good video&audio processing
3) stable


1 ) double click is pause by default ( an asian habit, they prefer pausing with double click instead fullscreen)
2) Auto update notification disturbs play, it appears after you start watching and annoying a lot
3) Auto loading subtitle is not flawless like bsplayer, actually only bsplayer is capable of auto loading subtitles properly.
4) too many clickable menus, i mean so too many full with unnecesarry super stupid clicky settings everywhere, it's impossible to find settings really needed.

  1. You can change that in the Preferences / General / Mouse settings
  2. You can disable that
  3. Not sure why some people say that, it doesn't come any easier. Those options are well organized by category, I never had a problem finding a setting. You simply have to read the categories to find in which one your settings is likely to be.
    And frankly, you set it up once (if necessary, I didn't have to change anything), then you can forget about it ;-)

[Edited by mischiewrithe, July 28]

Very good media player but with a few caveats

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Firstly, it isn't open source. Not to sound like a Zealot, but we can see what has happened to KMPlayer - could easily happen to PotPlayer too.

Secondly it has a rather complicated set of menus. It's features are not for the feint hearted so not the ideal app for grandpa.

Performance is exceptional. Reliability wise it is very robust (not experienced a single crash) and playback quality is top notch. Codec/format wise it has handled everything I've thrown at it although I'm not the kind of user with a really diverse set of needs to take that with a pinch of salt.

It just needs to be open source and to have a UI guru shake it up a bit.


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There is Norton bundleware in the installer. To avoid installing it, uncheck the box that agrees to the Norton terms and conditions and click the accept button. Giving this piece of crap 2 stars for the audacity of using bundleware in 2019

Edit: as of December 2019 potplayer is now serving pop up ads and I recommend no one install it


Another way is to disable the internet before installation.

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**Awsome , the best video/audio player ever i used , great and stable , no codecs , GPU support and very useful , damn i like this soft **


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I was happy with Potplayer after downloading it, but then I bit later I downloaded to another PC and suddenly subtitles became uncontrollable: they were always on. There are various settings that should fix this, but the result was random.

I went to the developer site and stated this. The reply was "I don't know. Reset the programme".

I found a way to (i thought) make it work and went back to tell the developer...then the next time I tried with those settings applied, the subtitles were back. So I backtracked to the developer and said that it was again a problem....the response?..."I don't know, so try another programme."....seriously.

Next time I tried, the subtitles were gone, but there was a scene where objects moved rapidly across the FOV and they were horribly ghosting. I tried the same scene in another player (MPHC) and while there was some ghosting, it was about 1/5th of what showed up in Potplayer. I realise that this could be fixed by trying various settings, but given the "support" response, I was off.

Many people have said they found too many issues and went elsewhere. The developer's behaviour is bizarre,


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This is THE BEST Media Player. few years ago KMPlayer was great choice but its not good anymore. PotPlayer is much powerfull than old KM


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The most flexible, rich in options, and easily customisable with tons of skins. Can be either installed or run portable. Has both, 32 and 64-bit versions. Works with every video and audio plugin and decoder one can imagine. Can open streams and URLs like it's nothing. All the settings are stored in a single file. And it's all for FREE. Simply Perfect.


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This is the best media player for Windows, however it's closed source and is only developed for windows. I don't trust closed source software anymore. This is developed by a private Korean company Daum, which was acquired by Kakao; if it's anything like CCleaner's acquisition it will/is filled with bundle-wear, back-doors, spyware and the like. PotPlayer has no option to donate or contribute in any way, as it's owned by a private company, you know they're doing something to earn revenue from it.

[Edited by Chaython, September 12]
Now confirmed to include bundle-ware! Use MPC-HC if you want to use MADVR, otherwise I recommend MPV.


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It's simply the best player out there! X player can do Y, PotPlayer does it too!


Absolutely awesome

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Does his job, easily, better than VLC media player for sure.