VLC Media Player

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework.

Best VLC Media Player Alternatives

Popular open source Alternatives to VLC Media Player for Linux, Windows, Mac, BSD, Xfce and more. Explore 86 apps like VLC Media Player, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.
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  • MPC-HC icon

    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% spyware free, there are no advertisements or toolbars. Lightweight Watch movies on any SSE CPU, even on older computers systems. Customizable With its wide array of options, MPC-HC can be customized to fit almost any needs. Among other things we added custom toolbars.

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

    • Discontinued As announced in their official news, the project is officially dead for lack of active developers. Last version, v1.7.13, released together with the announcement on July 16, 2017, can be still downloaded from the website. https://mpc-hc.org/2017/07/16/1.7.13-released-and-farewell/
    • Run everything (with "K-lite mega codec pack" is perfect). BIr4Nov 2016 • 8 agrees and 3 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 • 7 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Better streaming buffering, runs custom enhanced codecs like LAV filters and madVR, borderless mode is perfect. bumbaMar 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 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
    • 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
    • The best FOSS media player for Windows. Much better than VLC. moitulok10Aug 2017 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 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
    • 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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    MPV

    MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. It supports a wide variety of video file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types. It shares some features with the former projects while introducing many more.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • Reliably supports more newer encodes + minimal InsaneFromEarthJul 2016 • 5 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 • 4 agrees and 1 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 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its simple, plays everything and its maintained by a big community . Guest • Jul 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Best on Linux, couldn't see a 99% movie's ending, this worked like butter. munteanzenoAug 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't have hiccups VLC have during playbacks InsaneFromEarthJun 2016 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees 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 filters and more. SMPlayer remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... dont worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume...

    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. Guest • Jun 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • After i tried vlc and mpc, then i look 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Clementine

    Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.4 to the Qt 4 framework and the GStreamer multimedia framework, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music. It is available for Unix-like, Windows and Mac OS X. Features: Search and play your local music library Listen to internet radio from Last.fm, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo and Icecast.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Clementine is audio player, and does not have video capabilities. Guest • Jul 2015 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's only music player, not media in general (videos specifically). orestesgaolinAug 2015 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Clementine is audio player, and does not have video capabilities. R3DJOK3R1Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 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, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD AmigaOS Xfce MorphOS

    • It read and play most media without any constraints. Guest • Mar 2017 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. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support and built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec. What is the difference Media Player Classic and Media Player Classic Home Cinema? Media Player Classic was developed by Gabest while the http://alternativeto .

    Free Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The currently active fork is Media Player Classic Home Cinema, but MPC is still downloadable from FreeCodec.com
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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 before - and it looks good doing it! Features - Scripts Enhance your Amarok experience with community developed scripts. - Dynamic Playlists Create playlists that automatically update based on complex, but easy to use, constraints. e.g.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued Application has not been updated since 2015. Last public release was 2.9 beta. Application may not be discontinued, but development activity seems to have stalled.
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    MPC-BE

    MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows. MPC-BE is based on the original Guliverkli project and "Media Player Classic Home Cinema" project, contains additional features and bug fixes.

    Free Open Source Windows

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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 Last.fm radio. Sync your G1 phone, iPod, and other devices.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • 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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    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. For the full list of features, please check the official website.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux Android BSD Xfce

  • Miro icon

    Miro

    Miro (formerly Democracy Player) is a free and open source internet TV application, media library, and video player. Through Miro, you can subscribe to any RSS feed, podcast, or video blog and explore hundreds of free channels with the built-in Channel Guide. It is fully BitTorrent capable, and also allows you to subscribe to video-sharing site such as Youtube. The program furthermore makes it easy to browse your collection, make playlists and stay organized.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued No updates since 2013. Youtube intergration broken because of no updates since youtube API changed. See changelog: http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/pculture.org/Miro/
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    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). It lets you display and edit any tags you want in the file. And it lets you do this for all the file formats it supports - Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, Musepack, and MOD. Quod Libet easily scales to libraries of thousands of songs.

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    MPlayerX

    MPlayerX is an open source project which aims to be the most powerful, beautiful, easy to use multimedia player on Mac OS X. MPlayerX is armed by FFmpeg and MPlayer, which means it could handle any media format in the world without extra plug-ins or codec packages. Additionally, MPlayerX is inspired by QuickTime Player, with a black interface and in-frame minimal controls. All of this helps users to focus on the contents, rather than software itself.

    Free Open Source Mac MPlayer

    • Discontinued Installer contains possible malware: https://www.symantec.com/security_response/attacksignatures/detail.jsp?asid=29897
    • Warning MPlayerX has been bundled with malwares, including adware. See the VirusTotal scan results at https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/6f1e9d7dc6b52af887b5e1bee6e0d0366345fb53c752ca23b98a9cf9b647fd49/analysis/1441451188/
    • It's the best media player for Mac, it behaves like a native mac app, the same beautiful design of QuickTime but reads a lot of video formats, I highly recommend MPlayerX! Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Vanilla Music

    Vanilla Music, fork of Vanilla Music Player that has been abandoned, is an opensource music player for Android, designed to be simple, clean and minimal. Music is played from a continuous sequence, your chosen songs coming first, then random songs from your library as needed. No more silence after that album you selected finishes.

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    bomi

    bomi is a multimedia player aiming for easy usage but also providing various powerful features and convenience functions - User-friendly interface -- bomi provides a easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI). You can find all features in the context menu. All configurations can be done in a preferences dialog. - Unlimited playback history -- bomi records all playback history by default and provdes the way to resume playback later.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Stagnant on v0.9.11 since 2015. Latest commit 90f18ff on Aug 12, 2016. See https://github.com/xylosper/bomi
  • Nightingale icon

    Nightingale

    Nightingale is a free and powerfull music player for Linux, Windows and Mac based on the Songbird media player source code. A beautiful interface with a wide range of supported audio formats, all with multi-platform support! Notable features Plugins compatible with Songbird (with one modification to the addon) Multi-platform compatibility with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS X v10.5 (x86, x86-64).

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Last update was on January 12, 2014 for version 1.12.1 - https://blog.getnightingale.com/2014/01/12/announcing-nightingale-1-12-1/
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    UMPlayer

    UMPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems. 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. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies. Another great feature of UMPlayer is the wide range of supported output drivers.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued No more updates, latest downloads from 2011: https://sourceforge.net/projects/umplayer/files/
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    SPlayer

    SPlayer is a player that supports all popular formats, including DVDRip, HDTV, RMVB, QuickTime, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AC3/DTS, VP3/6/7, Indeo, XVD, OGG / OGM, APE, FLAC, TTA, AAC, MPC, 3GP/AMR, and subtitles. SPlayer well equipped with codecs and has very low resource consumption, the best player for laptops and flash drives.

    Free Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Latest version, 3.7 Build 2437, released in August 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    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, Last.fm submission support, and optional iPod support via a plugin.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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    aTunes

    aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems. A skinnable java alternative to iTunes (similar interface). Currently plays mp3, ogg, wma, wav, flac, mp4 and radio streaming, allowing users to easily edit tags, organize music and rip Audio CDs.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued last update: 22. June 2014
    • aTunes is targeted to audio while VLC is all round solution. Guest • Jan 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Qmmp

    Qmmp is an audio-player, written with help of Qt library. The user interface is similar to Winamp or xmms. Extra features XMMS and Winamp 2.x skins support 10-band equalizer MP3, Vorbis, AAC, AAC+ streams support MMS support (experimental) MPRIS (1.0 and 2.0) removable device detection (via HAL or UDisks) video playback via Mplayer lyrics (using lyrics.wikia.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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    Mochi-Player

    Mochi-Player (formerly Baka Mplayer) is a free and open source, cross-platform, libmpv based multimedia player. Its simple design reflects the idea for an uncluttered, simple, and enjoyable environment for watching tv shows. Features - Gesture seeking. - Smart playlist. - Dim Desktop. - Hardware accelerated playback (vdpau, vaapi, vda). - Youtube playback support (and others). - Multilingual support. - And more...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux mpv

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    Movist

    A Mac media player based on QuickTime and FFMpeg, Open source under the GPLv3 and hosted on Google Code. A Simple and clean interface and high codec compatibility make this a real challenger to VLC.

    Free Open Source Mac

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    Foobnix

    Foobnix audio player for Linux, Windows and Android. Main features player Support for CUE (also wv, iso.wv) is the best under Linux (zavlab); Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND ...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux Xfce

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