Media Player Classic Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Media Player Classic for Windows and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is VLC Media Player, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Media Player Classic and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Media Player Classic are MPC-HC (Free, Open Source), MPV (Free, Open Source), PotPlayer (Free) and SMPlayer (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 4, 2021

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      VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Features Simple, fast and powerful media player.
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      Most users think VLC Media Player is a great alternative to Media Player Classic.
    1. 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.
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      Most users think MPC-HC is a great alternative to Media Player Classic.
      It has the same look and feel
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    2. 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.
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      Most users think MPV is a great alternative to Media Player Classic.
    3. Potplayer is a minimalist media player that has an extensive range of configurable options to choose from and lots of functionality.

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      Several antivirus detect a potentially unwanted application (adware) PUA.FusionCore in the file F.dll dropped by the installer of PotPlayer in the Temp folder. Once that file is blocked by the antivirus, the program is installed with no problems and ads.

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    4. 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 filters and more. SMPlayer remembers the settings of all files you play.
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    5. 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 Cinema" project, contains additional features and bug fixes.
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      Almost everyone thinks MPC-BE is a great alternative to Media Player Classic.
      Wireball Very similar functionality to MPC-HC and a dark mode. More up to date too.
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      The soul of MPC lives on!!
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      DocFlay This branch of MPC is still active, and unlike MPC-HC it still uses the FFMPEG codecs.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    6. Winamp is a media player for Windows developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they later sold to AOL, who sold to Radionomy in January 2014.
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      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, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs.
    7. The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format such as TS (also from Technisat Digicorder), VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg Theora, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime among others.

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    8. The media player provided pre-installed with all modern Windows versions (7 and higher): Windows Media Player 12 plays more music and video than ever, including Flip Video and unprotected songs from your iTunes library!
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