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VLC Media Player Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to VLC Media Player for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is MPC-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 PotPlayer, MPV, SMPlayer and MPC-BE.

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. MPC-HC icon

    MPC-HC

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    128 alternatives to MPC-HC 

    MPC-HC's biggest advantage is arguably just how lightweight it is. Not only is it small in terms of hard drive space, but its CPU and overall system resource use is incredibly small compared to other video players, VLC included.

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    1.  LightweightMPC-HC consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Almost everyone thinks MPC-HC is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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    RootBoot

    Overall it just a better video player. Include basic feature such as click to pause/play, play the next file in folder, after playback task. MPC-HC also render (.ass) subtitle substantially better than any open source alternatives out there and can read .mkv better. Not to mention how light weight MPC is.

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    BIr4

    Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect).

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    Performance is superior to VLC.

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    Guest

    mpc is best media player

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    Guest

    Extremely Light weight and better in performance than vlc

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    Guest

    this softwere play any file in best output

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  2. PotPlayer icon

    PotPlayer

    • Windows
    112 alternatives to PotPlayer 

    PotPlayer is a modular video player that also works with most video file formats by default. Many of our users also find that it starts up faster and performs better than VLC, while also including small quality of life features that can be useful in specific contexts (such as support for two subtitle tracks on the same video file in order to help learn a new language).

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    1.  Dark ModePotPlayer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  LightweightPotPlayer consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Ad-freePotPlayer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Support for 4KPotPlayer supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    5.  PortablePotPlayer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Several antivirus detect a potentially unwanted application (adware) PUA.FusionCore in the file F.dll dropped by the installer of PotPlayer in the Temp folder. Once that file is blocked by the antivirus, the program is installed with no problems and ads.

    Main Window. Desktop UI, playing YouTube video.
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    Almost everyone thinks PotPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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    Guest

    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)

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    Guest

    Works with most formats out of the box. Mostly configure for skins, key shortcuts etc.

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    Apollo07

    It starts up faster than VLC and just works smoother for me overall

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    Guest

    exactly what i was looking for.

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    humphreyhumphries

    It has a lot of customaization and don't forget it is the first player to have Dark mood builtin default.

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    Guest

    For Windows users, PotPlayer is the best alternative to VLC. It has so many features and works so much more smoothly than VLC ever could. The UI on it is also top-notch.

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    luissalaslastra

    i love the touch capabilities of this specific software, the big button, the smooth scrolling with finger left and right, double tap to pause and play, all of that in windows media player is hard to find.

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    MPV

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    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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  4. SMPlayer icon

    SMPlayer

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    113 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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    armyn

    It has beautiful skins and is suitable for weak systems.

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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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    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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    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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    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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  5. MPC-BE icon

    MPC-BE

    • Windows
    104 alternatives to MPC-BE 

    MPC-BE is another fork of Media Player Classic (specifically of the Home Cinema fork) with a focus on bug fixes and for automatically mounting ISO images. It is actively updated and performs really well for video playback. Users do not recommend it for music playback, as it lacks support for playlist looping and includes odd behaviors for shuffling media playback.

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    1.  Dark ModeMPC-BE supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  LightweightMPC-BE consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  PortableMPC-BE can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Works OfflineMPC-BE can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    5.  Ad-freeMPC-BE doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Almost everyone thinks MPC-BE is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
    Guest

    thumbnail view, available on MS store

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    rapheal21

    I haven't tried it until now but will try it soon and will update the reviews too.

    thanks!

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  6. Kodi icon

    Kodi

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    70 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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    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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  7. Media Player Classic icon

    Media Player Classic

    124 alternatives to Media Player Classic 

    Though it's been discontinued and almost entirely superseded by successors like Media Player Classic Home Cinema, some users still swear by it as a sort of "old reliable" video player that can play most files people throw at it with no issue. However, it's been 10 years since its last release, so it's highly recommended to look at MPC-HC and other forks actively in development.

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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. The currently active fork is MPC-HC icon MPC-HC . Latest version, 6.4.9.1, released in April 2011, can be still downloaded from FreeCodec.com

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    Most users think Media Player Classic is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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    It doesn't feature an online streamer...

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    KMPlayer

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    149 alternatives to KMPlayer 

    KMPlayer is often praised for its interface, which has been described as more functional and user-friendly than VLC or Media Player Classic Home Cinema. Its playlist manager is more akin to WinAmp's than it is to VLC or other video players, which makes it desirable for those with vast multimedia catalogs. It also includes very granular customization options.

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    1.  Support for 4KKMPlayer supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    2.  Hardware AcceleratedKMPlayer can use the GPU and CPU to speed up rendering, conversion, and overall performance.
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    KMPlayer vs VLC Media Player opinions
    Most users think KMPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
    james_hunt

    Better interface and more features. For instance, KMP can skip one frame backwards, which VLC can't

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    MPlayer

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    120 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.
    MPlayer on Ubuntu (Linux)
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    Most users think MPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
    Guest

    It read and play most media without any constraints.

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    GOM Player

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    132 alternatives to GOM Player 

    GOM Player is a freeware media player. Key strengths are the ability to play the majority of media files without the need to obtain a codec, and the ability to play some broken media files, both advantages over traditional players, like Windows Media Player.

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    1.  LightweightGOM Player consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Bundleware

    The installer contains additional bloatware that can hijack your browser's settings. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/

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    Most users think GOM Player is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
    Guest

    VLC Player looks like it belongs on a Windows 95 computer. GOM Player has a much more professional interface with lots of options.

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    clydelyman

    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.

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    Guest

    Support almost all types of video formats.

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