Alternatives to VLC Media Player for all platforms with Open Source License

  • MPC-HC

    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. We are 100%...

    • Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect). BIr4Nov 2016 • 15 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's FOSS, just like VLC, but has much more cleaner and logical GUI, it's very light on resources and works great with LAV Filters and FFDshow (if one wants to have some extra configurable postprocessing options). AtoshiDec 2016 • 9 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Better streaming buffering, runs custom enhanced codecs like LAV filters and madVR, borderless mode is perfect. bumbaMar 2017 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Is more user-friendly, specially the HC and the BE versions at the cost of less advanced features. TikiThorsenJun 2015 • 3 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • NAS playback on laggy wifi is really great. VLC stutters every minute, this one works smoothly. Great work! sergey1369Jun 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The best FOSS media player for Windows. Much better than VLC. moitulok10Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is a lightweight Windows based video player I have ended up using it a lot more than I expected because of its ease of use strangefreeworldAug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • MPC-HC has a clean interface, support for remote control and plays anything your system has a codec installed for (and so you can expand it to support more formats by adding codecs). Great with K-Lite Codec Pack and others. Inspired by the classic version of Windows Media Player to provide a familiar interface. Open source. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • 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 Guest • Aug 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Yes, Its can be a better option If you don't have VLC. Buddymantra3 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • More accurate video and subtitles. OnurtagNov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • x265 HEVC Support is amazing. VLC takes 10second to jump playback but MPC-HC doesn't take any. ugurozturkApr 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does not corrupt and easy to use. Guest • Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It is better than VLC media player Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't need any external codec and uses less procesing power than VLC. Also, it has better subtitle support and better scaling quality via madVR. Perfect for 4K, HEVC, Opus, hi10p MKV, etc. Guest • Jan 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • MPV

    MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of...

    • Reliably supports more newer encodes + minimal InsaneFromEarthJul 2016 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. vektorwegDec 2016 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • There was a time when VLC was justifiably considered the best open-source cross-platform movie player. MPV has closed the gap substantially and is likely to work out-of-the-box in a minority of cases where VLC gets stuck. Excellent software. Open souce (trustworthy) and free, of course. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 8 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its simple, plays everything and its maintained by a big community . Guest • Jul 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Best on Linux, couldn't see a 99% movie's ending, this worked like butter. munteanzenoAug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Plays all files quickly and cleanly, displays all subtitles correctly. Guest • Oct 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't have hiccups VLC have during playbacks InsaneFromEarthJun 2016 • 3 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • More stable and fast, it is the best VLC alternative for my experience. Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It's extremely lightweight but it does the jobs done johndoeeApr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • MPV is the only capable media player that run also on all known operating systems, just like VLC. hathasAug 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Most reliable playback out there. kirillgorinApr 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android BSD ... Xfce

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  • 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...

    • On Linux systems is much better than VLC, faster, with no bugs and read every kind of video file. Guest • Jun 2016 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • After i tried VLC and MPC I looked for another alternatives. I think SMPlayer is best suited for me. You can customize theme, also very light, and you can resume videos that have been played before. Guest • Aug 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It plays everything with no need to add other codes and the video looks way better than on VLC. Guest • Jan 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • faster, better quality, no distortions in the videos like vlc. Guest • May 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • One click downloading of subtitles, less buggy subtitle downloading and handling compared to VLC. ghos3tJun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Much faster searching within videos. Files are removable from disk, directly in the playlist (has to be activated in the options). Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Best alternative for Vlc and GUI for MPV yugalsalujaJul 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD mpv PortableApps.com ... Haiku MPlayer

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  • Clementine

    Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer based on Amarok 1.4.

    • Clementine is audio player, and does not have video capabilities. Guest • Jul 2015 • 23 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Clementine is audio player, and does not have video capabilities. R3DJOK3R1Sep 2017 • 14 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's only music player, not media in general (videos specifically). orestesgaolinAug 2015 • 13 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Clementine can't play videos. It's only for music. Guest • Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • VLC excels at video, with a but of music on the side. Clementine is a pure-audio player. Guest • Nov 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This is a great music Player but no Video player Guest • Aug 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • 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...

    • It read and play most media without any constraints. Guest • Mar 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD AmigaOS ... Xfce MorphOS

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  • Media Player Classic

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

    • Discontinued The currently active fork is Media Player Classic Home Cinema, but MPC is still downloadable from FreeCodec.com
    • It doesn't feature an online streamer... Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Amarok

    Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux, Unix and Windows with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music easier than ever...

    • Amarok is a music player. It has no video playback functionality. SergTTLFeb 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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  • IINA

    INA 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...

    • Great alternative to VLC if you're on macOS. It's lightweight, the UI is very clean, and has even more functionalities than VLC. POXOct 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The best alternative for macOS users who like a small, fast and minimalistic (yet very functional!) media player. Hansaplast5 days ago Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac

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  • Banshee

    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with Last.fm radio....

    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.

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  • Miro

    Miro (formerly Democracy Player) is a free and open source internet TV application, media library, and video player. Through Miro, you can subscribe to any RSS feed...

    • Discontinued No updates since 2013. Youtube intergration broken because of no updates since youtube API changed. See changelog: http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/pculture.org/Miro/

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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