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. The tool was...

    • 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 • 0 agrees and 1 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 • 10 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Extremely Light weight and better in performance than vlc Guest • Jul 2019 • 13 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Performance is superior to VLC. Guest • Sep 2019 • 9 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very light-weight. With super easy interface and without any bugs. karpovskiipaMar 2019 • 10 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect). BIr4Nov 2016 • 18 agrees and 6 disagrees 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 • 1 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
    • Better streaming buffering, runs custom enhanced codecs like LAV filters and madVR, borderless mode is perfect. bumbaMar 2017 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • More accurate video and subtitles. OnurtagNov 2016 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

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  • MPV

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

    • Open source, Better HDR support than VLC Guest • Jan 2020 • 1 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 • 16 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Development is active and can be found on many of the same platforms as VLC. Guest • Apr 2019 • 10 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Supports multiple formats that I didn't even know were videos. Fully customizable. Lightweight. Guest • Jan 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • MPV is the only capable media player that run also on all known operating systems, just like VLC. hathasAug 2018 • 4 agrees and 2 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 • 12 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Plays all files quickly and cleanly, displays all subtitles correctly. Guest • Oct 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Best on Linux, couldn't see a 99% movie's ending, this worked like butter. munteanzenoAug 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its simple, plays everything and its maintained by a big community . Guest • Jul 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • More stable and fast, it is the best VLC alternative for my experience. Guest • Mar 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's extremely lightweight but it does the jobs done johndoeeApr 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Reliably supports more newer encodes + minimal InsaneFromEarthJul 2016 • 9 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't have hiccups VLC have during playbacks InsaneFromEarthJun 2016 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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...

    • it's better at playing incomplete files than VLC. VLC is better overall, but if VLC can't do it, SMPlayer can. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • MPV made easy. Plays everything out of the box with no codecs necessary. Guest • Apr 2019 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • faster, better quality, no distortions in the videos like vlc. Guest • May 2018 • 2 agrees and 2 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 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • One click downloading of subtitles, less buggy subtitle downloading and handling compared to VLC. ghos3tJun 2018 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 2 disagrees 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
    • 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 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Kodi

    Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. Kodi is designed to be the perfect...

    • Kodi is a fullscreen media library manager, a whole home theater frontend. Slower for the purpose, with more complex navigation. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Can also play many formats, and can organize video libraries, playing over UPnP, FTP, and many other protocols Guest • Mar 2019 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a software media center. Guest • Sep 2015 • 14 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 Guest • Sep 2015 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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. It has a built...

    • Discontinued
      The project is no longer developed. The currently active fork is https://alternativeto.net/software/mpc-hc/ . Latest version, 6.4.9.1, released in April 2011, can be still downloaded from FreeCodec.com
    • It doesn't feature an online streamer... Guest • Nov 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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...

    • IINA is the best modern player out there nicolaspatateJun 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Great integration with Mac touchbar & gestures, PiP, and looks like a native app instead of something cobbled together. Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Lean (simple), mean (versatile) player, void of the bad audio-video-sub sync as in VLC of late (i.e. at least for me). Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Best video player for macOS. Lightweight, clean user interface, many features... Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • The best alternative for macOS users who like a small, fast and minimalistic (yet very functional!) media player. HansaplastNov 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac mpv

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  • Quod Libet

    A extensible Music player with Podcast support, web radio, playlists and many more. As it is written in Python, writing new plug-ins is really easy.

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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...

    • This is a music player. It does not play any videos! Guest • Jan 2019 • 7 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Amarok is a music player. It has no video playback functionality. SergTTLFeb 2018 • 10 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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