VLC Media Player

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

Best VLC Media Player Alternatives

Popular Alternatives to VLC Media Player for Windows. Explore 106 Windows apps like VLC Media Player, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.
List updated: 10/3/2017 12:26:00 PM

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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
  • PotPlayer icon

    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, DVD, Audio CD, and countless other media formats. It can be configured to work with various devices such as TV or HDTV, and supports Direct3D9 Ex Flip Mode and Overlay. Other features: - You can take snapshots of the media you are viewing and save as a JPEG file.

    Free Windows

    • Works with most formats out of the box. Mostly configure for skins, key shortcuts etc. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees 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
    • Feature rich and highly customizable, this wonderful piece of software has everything I need when I need it. Guest • Jul 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • MPV icon

    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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    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, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components. Gapless playback. Easily customizable user interface layout. Advanced tagging capabilities. Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

    Free Windows Android iPhone Windows Phone

    • VLC is a multimedia (audio and video) player, foobar is only an audio player MiauFritoJun 2017 • 11 agrees and 1 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 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • VLC is a multimedia (audio and video) player, foobar is only an audio player R3DJOK3R1Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • SMPlayer icon

    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
  • Winamp icon

    Winamp

    Winamp is a media player for Windows and OS X developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they later sold to AOL, who sold to Radionomy in January 2014. Since version 2 it has been sold as freemium and supports extensibility with plug-ins and skins, and features music visualization, playlist and a media library, supported by a large online community.

    Freemium Mac Windows

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed and there are no news after October 2016: http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?p=3072003#post3072003 Last version, 5.666 Build 3516 patched, can be still downloaded from the official website forums.
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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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    KMPlayer

    The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format such as TS (also from Technisat Digicorder), VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg Theora, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime among others. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways. For playing TS-movies from the Technisat Digicorder you need the KMPlayer.

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    • Bundleware Be careful during installation. https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-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 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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    Windows Media Player

    The media player provided pre-installed with all modern Windows versions (7 and higher): Windows Media Player 12 plays more music and video than ever, including Flip Video and unprotected songs from your iTunes library! Organize your digital media collection, sync digital media files to a portable device, shop online for digital media content, and more.

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    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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    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 codec, and the ability to play some broken media files, both advantages over traditional players, like Windows Media Player. GOM Player supports file formats such as AVI, DAT, MPEG, DivX, XviD, WMV, ASF.

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

    • 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/
    • 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
    • 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 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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  • DivX icon

    DivX

    DivX Software is a video software that lets anyone play, create and stream their favorite videos, including DivX, MKV and HEVC up to 4K. It includes: * DivX Player: Play your video library in high-quality up to 4K * DivX Web Player: Watch high-quality online videos up to 4K * DivX Converter: Convert videos to DivX, MKV, HEVC and MP4 * DivX Media Server: Stream to TV, Chromecast, tablets and more

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone

  • Splash icon

    Splash

    Splash 2.0 lets you watch and convert your videos like never before - superb performance, smooth motion, crisp details and vivid colors. Designed and optimized for HD! Play and convert all your High Definition movies and camcorder clips, incredibly fast, smooth and without problems. You don't need any additional codecs. Download, install, watch, convert and share.

    Freemium Windows

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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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    jetAudio

    JetAudio is integrated, multimedia software made of a single compact rack. Not only does it play various music and video files, it also has features such as CD burning, recording, and conversion to other file formats. You can create your own Internet broadcast by using JetCast, provided with JetAudio, and you can play all major file formats, including WAV, MP3, MP3Pro, OGG, WMA, MPEG, AVI, WMV, MIDI, RM, and video and audio CD tracks.

    Freemium Windows Android

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    • is the best of the best, i've been using it for years and reads all formats, and plays audio and video with quality, best sound availble. Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
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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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