Alternatives to VLC Media Player for Windows with any 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. BuddymantraNov 2018 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

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  • PotPlayer

    Potplayer is a minimalist media player that has an extensive range of configurable options to choose from and lots of functionality. The application supports Blu-ray...

    • 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) Guest • Nov 2017 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Works with most formats out of the box. Mostly configure for skins, key shortcuts etc. Guest • Jan 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It plays almost any media files, features rich, customize any thing with hundreds of themes. Best for laptops. Guest • May 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Feature rich and highly customizable, this wonderful piece of software has everything I need when I need it. Guest • Jul 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • PotPlayer is so great. Light, fast, great keyboard shortcuts, easily customizable, default subtitle font and size is great. Couldn't be happier. Works like a charm! And reads all sorts of video formats. Guest • Jan 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Plays about every format, very good compatibility with modern intel integrated chips, although not as much playback quality as VLC by a small margin, it has a lot more settings and better UI by a country mile. Best alternative to the now discontinued MPC. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • This is the best video player available on Windows, but unfortunately, there's no Linux client yet. Guest • Apr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Plays everything out of the box. And is not minimalist, it's feature rich and full of key shortcut. The only con is the messy menus KamelianSep 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • 1. It is easy to use 2. Plays almost all media types 3. Light weight 4. Doesn't install any spam software 5. Good user interface Guest • Nov 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Even more customization, better rendering of video and sound Guest • Aug 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • better audio quality and volume at least in my computer Guest • Sep 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Has better internationalization Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Very light and has lot of shortcuts Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Lovely features!!!!! smooth controls Nagarjuna913Dec 2016 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...

    • 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 2 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

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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

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  • foobar2000

    foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Main features Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus...

    • VLC is a multimedia (audio and video) player, foobar is only an audio player MiauFritoJun 2017 • 41 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Foobar is a wonderfully customizable app for playing music files. It is very configurable and can be skinned and adjusted in many ways. Compared to VLC you can make Foobar look really cool if you want to use it as your main audio player. It has a good number of plugins for playing other audio types and organizing your audio library. kholdstayrJul 2017 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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

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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
    • It doesn't feature an online streamer... Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree

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  • KMPlayer

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

    • Bundleware Be careful during installation.

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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

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  • GOM Media Player

    GOM Media Player (Gretech Online Movie Player) is a freeware media player. Key strengths are the ability to play the majority of media files without the need to obtain a...

    • Bundleware The installer contains additional bloatware that can hijack your browser's settings. Be careful during the installation:
    • Its effects are easier to use and it has an extensive Preferences selection; BE AWARE, they have a separate music player. I have both. the Reverb is solid. you can avoid the crapware by doing the first download from Ninite and just updating or do a custom install. To my knowledge GOM does not recored. clydelymanMar 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Support almost all types of video formats. Guest • Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • VLC Player looks like it belongs on a Windows 95 computer. GOM Player has a much more professional interface with lots of options. Guest • Jul 2015 • 2 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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 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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