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VLC Media Player

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework. Owned by the non-profit organization VideoLAN.

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Avg rating of 4.4 (206)| 259 comments

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VLC Media Player Features

  1.  LightweightVLC Media Player consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  2.  Ad-freeVLC Media Player doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
  3.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of VLC Media Player.
  4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVLC Media Player can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  5.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with VLC Media Player.
  6.  Support for 4KVLC Media Player supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
  7.  PortableVLC Media Player can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  8.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in VLC Media Player without registration.
  9.  DecentralizedVLC Media Player is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
  10.  Works OfflineVLC Media Player can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
  11.  Dark ModeVLC Media Player supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.

VLC Media Player information

  • Developed byVideoLAN
  • LicensingOpen Source (GPL-2.0) and Free product.
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.4 (206 ratings)
  • Alternatives279 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic
  • Belarusian
  • Bosnian
  • Breton
  • Khmer
  • Catalan; Valencian
  • Corsican
  • Czech
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  • Dutch
  • Faroese
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Galician
  • German
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  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latvian
  • Malay
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  • Norwegian Bokmål
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Sardinian
  • Chinese
  • Sinhala, Sinhalese
  • Slovak
  • Slovene
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

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  •   3.54 avg rating
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  •  9,940 Stars
  •  3,225 Forks
  •  2 Open Issues
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Our users have written 259 comments and reviews about VLC Media Player, and it has gotten 7077 likes

VLC Media Player was added to AlternativeTo by Mogelfar on and this page was last updated . VLC Media Player is sometimes referred to as VLC, VideoLAN Media Player.

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JohnFastman
  
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VLC media is a standard-setter for cross-platform, open-source, reliable, dependable, configurable media players. No doubt. Except one tiny thing: Recently... VLC has gotten slow. Slow on Mac, slow on Linux, and... a little (not much) on Windows. (At least Windows 10.) VLC deserves respect of a kind very few apps do. It's free, open source AND... at the time of writing (5th March 2017) it's beating Dropbox (nasty sh*t that that is - and it is, trust me!) as the most popular app for Windows on this site. That takes some doing. It really does. But... here's the thing...: If ultimate customizability isn't so important to you, try MPV. Like VLC, MPV is open source, free and all the rest. But it's likely to load faster and play your thing with fewer glitches and hitches. Until you need the subtitles to be 5 pixels from the left edge of the screen and 8 ms offset from the audio. Then it's back to VLC.

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mundonet
  
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I like this player, it would be convenient to have chromecast support

tv player

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maxbramble
  
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Probably the heavyweight of Media Players, but on my old laptop I get "choppy" audio. Have made many changes but still no good. Rather than waste more time with VLC I've returned to using what works for me, and that's Media Player Classic - Home Cinema and sometimes MPC-BE (Black Edition). Both work "out of the box" without giving me a headache.

[Edited by maxbramble, February 12]

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simon_fletcher
  
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The best media player that I have ever used.

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simon_fletcher
  
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The best media player that I have ever used.

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softph
  
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cross platform, useful in many instances.

Media library update is extremely slow on android, making it unusable.

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BaronVonButthole
  
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VLC is one of those things that is very popular, and you're "supposed" to like it. Well, I don't.

Yeah, it opens damned near every format you throw at it, but the UX sucks. When casting with VLC completely stopped working after an update, I ditched it.

Good riddance.

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