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VLC Media Player Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to VLC Media Player for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is MPV, 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 Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to VLC Media Player are SMPlayer, Kodi, MPlayer and DeaDBeeF.

VLC Media Player alternatives are mainly Media Players but may also be Audio Players or Internet Radio Services. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of VLC Media Player.
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  1. MPV icon

    MPV

    • Mac
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    • Android
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    • Xfce
    89 alternatives to MPV 

    MPV is an MPlayer-based video player that is available on all major desktop operating systems. Linux users in particular cite MPV as one of the best alternatives to VLC. Its interface is extremely minimal, though with that comes extraordinary stability.

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    1.  LightweightMPV consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Command line interfaceMPV either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMPV can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Almost everyone thinks MPV is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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    Shuunen

    finally seeking in a video is smooth <3

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    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.

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    salvadormoraleslen

    It does not have similar interface.

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    Fireryyo

    Because mpv is lightweight,customizable,doesn't suck and FOSS

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    awvalenti

    Very minimal, indeed, and very fast. Has many keyboard shortcuts and displays album art for songs. I decided not to use it because I need global hotkeys (play/pause, next, previous) to work, and they didn't (at least on Windows).

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    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. ?

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    collorfrisie

    it integrates with syncplay

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    SMPlayer

    • Windows
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    • BSD
    • mpv
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • MPlayer
    • Mac
    114 alternatives to SMPlayer 

    Like MPV, SMPlayer is based off of MPlayer, but unlike MPV, it's more focused on accessibility with its user interface. Out of the box, users cite SMPlayer as having the versatility and stability of MPV with the ease of use of players like VLC. It also supports add-ons such as a YouTube search.

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    1.  LightweightSMPlayer consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeSMPlayer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  PortableSMPlayer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with SMPlayer.
    Playing video - Default Skin
    Main Window - Dark Skin
    Option - Tablet Mode
    SMPlayer vs VLC Media Player opinions
    Almost everyone thinks SMPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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    Guest

    It is the best mpv frontend in my opinion. having such powerful media player engine such as mpv + a user friendly ui. built-in subtitle search engine makes you like a lot easier too.

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    danydube

    Remember the configuration of each file (audio track, subtitles,). Remember position in time Storing a subtitle from a video including support for automatically forced subtitles. Lightness of the program and high reactivity.

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    awvalenti

    Highly configurable, but lacks stability, at least on Windows. Freezes sometimes, even after switching between back-end players.

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    AnisBarghouthi

    All the benefits of MPV plus user-friendly reskinnable GUI ("Black" skin is clean and neat). You can customize everything (Subtitles, audio, video) from the GUI which is fairly easier than editing config files in my opinion.

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    armyn

    It has beautiful skins and is suitable for weak systems.

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    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.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Kodi

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    71 alternatives to Kodi 

    Though Kodi can function as an alternative to VLC, its strengths lie in its robust cataloging of media and robust sorting and organization options for TV shows, movies, and music. Its media server capabilities are front and center, its playback functionality is nothing to sneeze at, and it can be used for that exact purpose.

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    1.  PortableKodi can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  AirPlay SupportKodi can stream or share content to your Mac, Apple TV, or compatible smart TV.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKodi can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Kodi vs VLC Media Player opinions
    Some users think Kodi is a great alternative to VLC Media Player, some don't.
    Guest

    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

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    Guest

    Can also play many formats, and can organize video libraries, playing over UPnP, FTP, and many other protocols

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    Guest

    Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a software media center.

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    LesterCovax

    Kodi is a media server first and foremost. It's like comparing Google Docs to Microsoft Office.

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    Guest

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

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  4. MPlayer icon

    MPlayer

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    • AmigaOS
    • Xfce
    • MorphOS
    122 alternatives to 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, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs.

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    1.  Command line interfaceMPlayer either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    MPlayer vs VLC Media Player opinions
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    Guest

    It read and play most media without any constraints.

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  5. DeaDBeeF icon

    DeaDBeeF

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    • Cinnamon
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    • MATE
    • Xfce
    154 alternatives to DeaDBeeF 

    DeaDBeeF is a lightweight graphical music player created for easy playback of music and management of playlists. It supports major audio codecs and tags, global hotkeys, gapless playback, streaming audio, command line control, and has an 18-band equalizer.

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    1.  LightweightDeaDBeeF consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDeaDBeeF can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  PortableDeaDBeeF can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Most users think DeaDBeeF is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
    rivee03

    The only music player that can loop an audio file perfectly. Not for video though.

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    Guest

    Only plays music, not video.

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    Quod Libet

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    • Debian
    • Xfce
    152 alternatives to Quod Libet 

    Quod Libet is a Gapless GTK+-based audio player written in Python. Its designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (dont worry, regular searches work too).

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsQuod Libet can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  PortableQuod Libet can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    The paned browser, providing a customizable hierarchy of filters for finding your music
    The album browser, giving a visual anchor for a large library
    Quod Libet vs VLC Media Player opinions
    Most users think Quod Libet is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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    Celluloid

    • Linux
    • mpv
    39 alternatives to Celluloid 

    Celluloid (formerly GNOME MPV) is a simple GTK+ frontend for mpv. Celluloid interacts with mpv via the client API exported by libmpv, allowing access to mpv's powerful playback capabilities.

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    Videos

    80 alternatives to Videos 

    Videos (previously Totem) is the official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment based on xine-lib or GStreamer. It features a playlist, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, as well as keyboard navigation.

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    1.  LightweightVideos consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Most users think Videos is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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    Elisa

    • Windows
    • Linux
    45 alternatives to Elisa 

    Elisa is a music player developed by the KDE community that strives to be simple and nice to use. We also recognize that we need a flexible product to account for the different workflows and use-cases of our users.

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    Elisa Albums View
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    Exaile

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    • Xfce
    139 alternatives to Exaile 

    Exaile is a cross-platform music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python and is easily extensible via plugins. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, handling of large libraries, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via Wikipedia, streaming Internet radio...

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