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    MPC-HC is described as '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' and is a leading Media Player in the Video & Movies category. There are more than 100 alternatives to MPC-HC for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. Most alternatives are Media and Audio Players. The best alternative is VLC Media Player, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MPC-HC are MPV (Free, Open Source), MPC-BE (Free, Open Source), PotPlayer (Free) and AIMP (Free).

    This page was last updated May 10, 2022
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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.
      VLC Media Player vs MPC-HC opinions
      Some users think VLC Media Player is a great alternative to MPC-HC, some don't.
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      It's one alternative, not the best, MPC-HC is very very fast and simple , it's a shame that doesn't exist a very MPC-HC equivalent app in Linux comunity.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      work perfectly all codecs
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      It's all about the functionality while playing, the capability in adjusting the control keys and the skip times configuration. Yeah, it can be personalized and the wide of the compatible video and audio formats is almost equal, yet VLC is still no capable of being personalized in the important thing to me.
      Top negative comment  about 5 years ago

      ZekeHimself Lack of functions as well as utter, complete and total stonewalling from devs on implementing handy functions or options. Examples include, but not limited to: Drag window by window frame, go to next/previous video with Mouse4/5 and play next item in folder without having to use a playlist.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      It has the right codecs to play files that are used in mpc-hc to play video files. That's why it can deliver the same output.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      Doesn't even support hardware decoding, crappy UI. Windows 10's Movies & TV is miles ahead of VLC in, basically everything
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      Can't save last file position. Can't keep playlists between sessions. Custom hotkeys don't work.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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    1. 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.
      MPV vs MPC-HC opinions
      Most users think MPV is a great alternative to MPC-HC.
      papatheodorou Ultra lightweight, minimal interface, borderless / frameless if desired.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Wow, extraordinary: simple, light, just gets the job done. No tons of codecs tuning, only an effective player.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      + Plays all video files + Has a simple and uncluttered GUI + Easy on the CPU and battery - A bit harder to set up than other media players
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago


    2. MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows.
      MPC-BE vs MPC-HC opinions
      Almost everyone thinks MPC-BE is a great alternative to MPC-HC.
      It supports all formats and color quality is also the best. It is the world's best media player.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      Simple and efficient - comes with codecs and quality
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      yboris Best video player I've found!
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      It lacks one feature from MPC-HC, in the last time I used it, that is saving time position of played videos, that seems quite important to me, and yet, I never saw any effort from them to adopt this feature.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

    3. Potplayer is a minimalist media player that has an extensive range of configurable options to choose from and lots of functionality.


      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.

      PotPlayer vs MPC-HC opinions
      Most users think PotPlayer is a great alternative to MPC-HC.
      It's the all around best media player in my opinion. It's lightweight,minimalistic and supports pretty much every media format under the sun. It has already replaced VLC and windows media player on my PC
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    4. AIMP is powerful free audio player for Windows OS that supports for local files, NAS, clouds, and podcasts. Additionally, it includes powerful tools to operate with audio files.

    5. 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.
      SMPlayer vs MPC-HC opinions
      Most users think SMPlayer is a great alternative to MPC-HC.
      aseixas Very similar to MPC-HC in terms of features, and very customisable as well, even though it's lightweight all the same. Includes one of my favourite features from MPC-HC which is the subtitle search and download feature for the video file you're watching.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      sidboy It is more complete than MPC and has the same perfomance.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      SMPlayer lacks the features and the feel of MPC-HC
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

    6. Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.
      Clementine vs MPC-HC opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Clementine is still a legitimate alternative to MPC-HC, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Anyone looking for a replacement of MPC-HC is looking for a good video player not a music player.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      Its music player not video player...
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      MPC-HC plays video, Clementine plays audio
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

    7. Media Player Classic was designed to look just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but with many additional new features.


      The project is no longer developed. The currently active fork is MPC-HC . Latest version,, released in April 2011, can be still downloaded from

      Most users think Media Player Classic is a great alternative to MPC-HC.
    8. IINA is born to be a modern macOS application, from its framework to user interface. It adopts the post-Yosemite design language and keeps up the pace of new technologies like Force Touch, Touch Bar and Picture-in-Picture.
    9. MX Player - The best way to enjoy your movies.
      Most users think MX Player is a great alternative to MPC-HC.
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