Open Source VLC Media Player Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to VLC Media Player for Windows if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Windows alternative is Small MPC-HC iconMPC-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 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to VLC Media Player are Small PotPlayer iconPotPlayer (Free), Small MPV iconMPV (Free, Open Source), Small SMPlayer iconSMPlayer (Free, Open Source) and Small Kodi iconKodi (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Feb 16, 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.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      • PortableApps.com
      BIr4 Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect).
      Positive comment over 4 years ago 20 users agree and 7 don't

      karpovskiipa Very light-weight. With super easy interface and without any bugs.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago 13 users agree and 2 don't

      Extremely Light weight and better in performance than vlc
      Positive comment over 1 year ago 18 users agree and 7 don't

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    • MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • BSD
      • Xfce
      Development is active and can be found on many of the same platforms as VLC.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago 14 users agree and 4 don't

      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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago 12 users agree and 3 don't

      JohnFastman 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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago 16 users agree and 6 don't

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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...
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • mpv
      • PortableApps.com
      • Haiku
      • MPlayer
      On Linux systems is much better than VLC, faster, with no bugs and read every kind of video file.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago 6 users agree and 1 doesn't

      faster, better quality, no distortions in the videos like vlc.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago 5 users agree and 2 don't

      It plays everything with no need to add other codes and the video looks way better than on VLC.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago 6 users agree and 3 don't

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    • Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to VLC Media Player, some don't.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      • iPad
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Fire TV
      Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a software media center.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago 22 users agree and 6 don't

      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
      Positive comment over 5 years ago 6 users agree and 2 don't

      Kodi is a fullscreen media library manager, a whole home theater frontend. Slower for the purpose, with more complex navigation.
      Negative comment 9 months ago 4 users agree

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    • MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows.
      Almost everyone thinks this 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.
      Most users think this 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

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      It doesn't feature an online streamer...
      Negative comment over 4 years ago 4 users agree

    • MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation).
      Most users think this is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • AmigaOS
      • Xfce
      • MorphOS
      It read and play most media without any constraints.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago 2 users agree and 1 doesn't

    • 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
    • DeaDBeeF (as in 0xDEADBEEF) is a modular audio player for GNU/Linux, *BSD, OpenSolaris, macOS, and other UNIX-like systems.
    • Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with Last.fm radio.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to VLC Media Player, some don't.

      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.

      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD