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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, MPV, PotPlayer and SMPlayer.

Media Player Classic alternatives are mainly Media Players but may also be Audio Players or Internet Radio Services. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Media Player Classic.
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  1. VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

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    • Windows
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    • Android
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    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
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    • Homebrew
    • PortableApps.com
    • Chocolatey
    • Flathub
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Google Chrome
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    279 alternatives to 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 CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

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    1.  LightweightVLC Media Player consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeVLC Media Player doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of VLC Media Player.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVLC Media Player can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with VLC Media Player.
    6.  Support for 4KVLC Media Player supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    7.  PortableVLC Media Player can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    8.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in VLC Media Player without registration.
    9.  DecentralizedVLC Media Player is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    VLC Media Player vs Media Player Classic opinions
    Most users think VLC Media Player is a great alternative to Media Player Classic.
  2. MPC-HC icon

    MPC-HC

    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    128 alternatives to MPC-HC 

    Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC) is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows®. Media Player Classic Home Cinema supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback.

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    1.  LightweightMPC-HC consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Most users think MPC-HC is a great alternative to Media Player Classic.
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    It has the same look and feel

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    MPV

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD
    • Xfce
    89 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  LightweightMPV consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Command line interfaceMPV either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMPV can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    MPV vs Media Player Classic opinions
    Most users think MPV is a great alternative to Media Player Classic.
  4. PotPlayer icon

    PotPlayer

    • Windows
    116 alternatives to PotPlayer 

    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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    1.  Dark ModePotPlayer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  LightweightPotPlayer consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Ad-freePotPlayer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Support for 4KPotPlayer supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    5.  PortablePotPlayer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Bundleware

    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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  5. SMPlayer icon

    SMPlayer

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    • mpv
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • MPlayer
    • Mac
    114 alternatives to 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 filters and more. SMPlayer remembers the settings of all files you play.

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    1.  LightweightSMPlayer consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeSMPlayer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  PortableSMPlayer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with SMPlayer.
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  6. MPC-BE icon

    MPC-BE

    • Windows
    104 alternatives to 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 Cinema" project, contains additional features and bug fixes.

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    1.  Dark ModeMPC-BE supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  LightweightMPC-BE consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  PortableMPC-BE can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Works OfflineMPC-BE can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    5.  Ad-freeMPC-BE doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Almost everyone thinks MPC-BE is a great alternative to Media Player Classic.
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    The soul of MPC lives on!!

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    Wireball

    Very similar functionality to MPC-HC and a dark mode. More up to date too.

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    DocFlay

    This branch of MPC is still active, and unlike MPC-HC it still uses the FFMPEG codecs.

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  7. Winamp icon

    Winamp

    • Windows
    • Android
    214 alternatives to Winamp 

    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. Since version 2 it has been sold as freemium and supports extensibility with plug-ins and skins...

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  8. KMPlayer icon

    KMPlayer

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    151 alternatives to KMPlayer 

    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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    1.  Support for 4KKMPlayer supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    2.  Hardware AcceleratedKMPlayer can use the GPU and CPU to speed up rendering, conversion, and overall performance.
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    KMPlayer 64X
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    MPlayer

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    • MorphOS
    122 alternatives to 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, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs.

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    1.  Command line interfaceMPlayer either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    MPlayer on Ubuntu (Linux)
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    Windows Media Player

    • Windows
    197 alternatives to 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 video than ever, including Flip Video and unprotected songs from your iTunes library!

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