VLC Media Player Alternatives

    VLC Media Player is described as 'VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework. Owned by the non-profit organization VideoLAN' and is one of the leading apps in the Video & Movies category. There are more than 100 alternatives to VLC Media Player for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is MPC-HC, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like VLC Media Player are PotPlayer (Free), MPV (Free, Open Source), SMPlayer (Free, Open Source) and MX Player (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 23, 2021

    • 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. View 115 alternatives to MPC-HC
      Almost everyone thinks MPC-HC is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • PortableApps.com
      MPC-HC vs VLC Media Player
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      BIr4 Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect).
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      karpovskiipa Very light-weight. With super easy interface and without any bugs.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      In my opinion MPC-HC is the definition of perfect for normal usage. It almost does every thing one can expect from a media player. Considering its performance, its size on the hard-disk as well as its CPU consumption is unbelievably low. Besides one have: Full control of playing screen size by default or cursor-dragging options Full control of video, audio, and playlist Full control of all after-play options Thank to all people who develop the program.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Performance is superior to VLC.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      mpc is best media player
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      Extremely Light weight and better in performance than vlc
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      no screen tearing or greying out like in vlc. it has all the codecs necessary to play. Only downside is interface cannot be themed like VLC
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    • Minimalist video player that supports 3D video, Direct3D9 Ex Flip Mode, and sound card selection. View 103 alternatives to PotPlayer
      Almost everyone thinks PotPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.

      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.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      PotPlayer vs VLC Media Player
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      Looks better! more customizable, easier to use and support add two subtitle files at the same time (useful for the people who learn other language while watching)
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      Works with most formats out of the box. Mostly configure for skins, key shortcuts etc.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      Apollo07 It starts up faster than VLC and just works smoother for me overall
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

      exactly what i was looking for.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

      humphreyhumphries It has a lot of customaization and don't forget it is the first player to have Dark mood builtin default.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      For Windows users, PotPlayer is the best alternative to VLC. It has so many features and works so much more smoothly than VLC ever could. The UI on it is also top-notch.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      luissalaslastra i love the touch capabilities of this specific software, the big button, the smooth scrolling with finger left and right, double tap to pause and play, all of that in windows media player is hard to find.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    • MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. View 74 alternatives to MPV
      Almost everyone thinks MPV is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • BSD
      • Xfce
      MPV vs VLC Media Player
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      Development is active and can be found on many of the same platforms as VLC.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      vektorweg 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.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      vanzkiiee Best player for entertainment language learning as it can display 2 subs at a time and can be synched with Anki, the best tool for learning. ?
      Positive comment 12 days ago

      collorfrisie it integrates with syncplay
      Positive comment 2 months ago

      xvhpqg Changing playback speed doesn't cause audio dropouts.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      RemovedUser Clean and simple, easy to manage configuration.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      MPV is the best alternative to VLC on Linux. It plays just about anything you can throw at it while working much better than VLC does. Once you get used to the minimal interface and stability, you won't want to use anything else.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    • 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... View 103 alternatives to SMPlayer
      Almost everyone thinks SMPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • mpv
      • PortableApps.com
      • Haiku
      • MPlayer
      SMPlayer vs VLC Media Player
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      On Linux systems is much better than VLC, faster, with no bugs and read every kind of video file.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      faster, better quality, no distortions in the videos like vlc.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      jrstrai SMPlayer is a better choice for playing videos and has an easier to use interface than alternatives, like MPV. I love MPV, but it's not intuitive at all, beyond playing. I have problems sharing playlists made within VLC with other players, regardless of the format used. SMPlayer playlists just work.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      It's great. Open everything and it fully (really fully) customizable. Also have YouTube search engine (need to be isntalled aside) with a lot of features like search video by date, size etc.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      it's better at playing incomplete files than VLC. VLC is better overall, but if VLC can't do it, SMPlayer can.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      MPV made easy. Plays everything out of the box with no codecs necessary.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      ghos3t One click downloading of subtitles, less buggy subtitle downloading and handling compared to VLC.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    • 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. View 133 alternatives to MX Player
      Most users think MX Player is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      MX Player vs VLC Media Player
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Powerful, Support lots of formats. Easy to use
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      HurDugggio Really does a good job of playing a video with maximized settings. Looks gorgeous.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      aalooksth Fully customisable, very easy to use interface, modern design, very powerful
      Positive comment about 1 year ago



    • Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. View 65 alternatives to Kodi
      Some users think Kodi is a great alternative to VLC Media Player, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      • iPad
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Fire TV
      Kodi vs VLC Media Player
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Kody is more oriented to being a fullscreen video/music cataloguing application, but it has an internal video/audio/iptv playing system with very good decoding capabilities like VLC and can be windowed as well
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      Can also play many formats, and can organize video libraries, playing over UPnP, FTP, and many other protocols
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a software media center.
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

      LesterCovax Kodi is a media server first and foremost. It's like comparing Google Docs to Microsoft Office.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

      Kodi is a fullscreen media library manager, a whole home theater frontend. Slower for the purpose, with more complex navigation.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

    • MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows. View 93 alternatives to MPC-BE
      Almost everyone thinks MPC-BE is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
    • Media Player Classic was designed to look just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but with many additional new features. View 113 alternatives to Media Player Classic
      Most users think Media Player Classic is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. The currently active fork is MPC-HC . Latest version, 6.4.9.1, released in April 2011, can be still downloaded from FreeCodec.com

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Media Player Classic vs VLC Media Player
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It doesn't feature an online streamer...
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

    • The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format. View 138 alternatives to KMPlayer
      Most users think KMPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.

      Bundleware

      Be careful during installation. Forum

      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
    • IINA is born to be a modern macOS application, from its framework to user interface. View 21 alternatives to IINA
      Almost everyone thinks IINA is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • mpv
      IINA vs VLC Media Player
      pros, cons and recent comments
      POX Great alternative to VLC if you're on macOS. It's lightweight, the UI is very clean, and has even more functionalities than VLC.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      Hansaplast The best alternative for macOS users who like a small, fast and minimalistic (yet very functional!) media player.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      nicolaspatate IINA is the best modern player out there
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      Lean (simple), mean (versatile) player, void of the bad audio-video-sub sync as in VLC of late (i.e. at least for me).
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Great integration with Mac touchbar & gestures, PiP, and looks like a native app instead of something cobbled together.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Best video player for macOS. Lightweight, clean user interface, many features...
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      VarunMohapatra The best video player for mac!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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