Free VLC Media Player Alternatives

    The best free alternative to VLC Media Player is MPC-HC, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to VLC Media Player and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to 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 Jun 4, 2021

    Platforms

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Xfce
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • mpv
    • MPlayer
    • Windows Mobile
    • Online
    • Windows S
    • Apple TV
    • Kindle Fire
    • Haiku
    • GNOME
    • PortableApps.com

    Features

    • Support for subtitles
    • Music Library
    • Lightweight
    • Portable
    • Integrated codecs
    • Internet Radio
    • Equalizer
    • Integrated Last.fm scrobbler
    • Create PlayList
    • Multiple languages
    • Chromecast Support
    • Mp3 Tag Editor
    • Radio Player
    • Matroska
    • Customizable
    • Support AirPlay
    • Artwork
    • CD Ripper
    • Built-in Equalizer
    • Gapless Playback

    License

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    • 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 117 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
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      BIr4 Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect).
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      13
      karpovskiipa Very light-weight. With super easy interface and without any bugs.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      11
      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

      2
      Performance is superior to VLC.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      9
      mpc is best media player
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      1
      Extremely Light weight and better in performance than vlc
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      11
      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 almost 3 years ago

      -2
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    • Minimalist video player that supports 3D video, Direct3D9 Ex Flip Mode, and sound card selection. View 105 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
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      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

      8
      Works with most formats out of the box. Mostly configure for skins, key shortcuts etc.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      5
      Apollo07 It starts up faster than VLC and just works smoother for me overall
      Positive comment 2 months ago

      0
      exactly what i was looking for.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      1
      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

      -1
      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

      0
      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

      -1
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    • MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. View 76 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
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      Development is active and can be found on many of the same platforms as VLC.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      10
      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

      9
      Shuunen finally seeking in a video is smooth <3
      Positive comment 15 days ago

      0
      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 about 1 month ago

      0
      collorfrisie it integrates with syncplay
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      0
      xvhpqg Changing playback speed doesn't cause audio dropouts.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      0
      RemovedUser Clean and simple, easy to manage configuration.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      0
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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 104 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
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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

      6
      faster, better quality, no distortions in the videos like vlc.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      4
      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 6 months ago

      0
      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 6 months ago

      0
      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

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

      4
      ghos3t One click downloading of subtitles, less buggy subtitle downloading and handling compared to VLC.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      0
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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 135 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

      6
      HurDugggio Really does a good job of playing a video with maximized settings. Looks gorgeous.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      4
      aalooksth Fully customisable, very easy to use interface, modern design, very powerful
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1


    • 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  almost 6 years ago

      4
      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

      -3
      Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a software media center.
      Top negative comment  almost 6 years ago

      16
      LesterCovax Kodi is a media server first and foremost. It's like comparing Google Docs to Microsoft Office.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

      0
      Kodi is a fullscreen media library manager, a whole home theater frontend. Slower for the purpose, with more complex navigation.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      4
    • MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows. View 94 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 115 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

      4
    • The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format. View 140 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

      4
      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

      3
      nicolaspatate IINA is the best modern player out there
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      2
      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

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

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

      2
      VarunMohapatra The best video player for mac!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
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