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VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as Blu-ray, DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. VLC can also convert, capture/record and be used as a server to stream video.

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Software License

Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)

Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux

More information and other downloads

Download VLC Blu-ray plugin here, it allows to you watch encrypted blu-rays directly with VLC 2.0+.

Download VLC media player nightly builds here ( )

Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New

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Service Discovery:
* Fix UPnP regression on Windows

Changes between and

* Fix a regression causing a lack of audio in adaptive streaming

Changes between and

* Fix a regression causing a lack of audio in adaptive streaming

Changes between 3.0.17 and

* Qt: Fix right click support on video

* Update YouTube script
Changes between 3.0.16 and 3.0.17:

* Fix a regression in parsing secondary source MRLs
* Allow brackets in path part of URLs

* Fix support for screen capture on macOS with avcapture
* Fix closing of HTTP 1.x connections
* Improve HTTP2 memory usage
* Improve AVCapture module
* Improve AudioCD support (audio/data mixed mode, musicbrainz)
* Improve SMB compatibility by changing the read size
* Several improvements on the SRT modules (including streamID)

* Add support for DTS LBR
* Fix some HEVC hardware decoding on Windows and crashes when aspect ratio changes
* Fix hardware decoding for some AMD GPU drivers
* Add support for new Fourcc for E-AC3, AV1, GeoVision
* Fix crashes with VP9 streams
* Fix styling issues with subs tx3g (mp4) tracks
* Fix playback of live AV1 streams

Audio Output:
* iOS/tvOS: add support for spatial audio
* macOS: fix some channels ordering for > 5.1 channels
* Android: rework audio volume management

Video Output:
* Fix a D3D11 crash when the stream changes aspect ratio

* Major overhaul of the adaptive streaming stack
* Support for DAV video files
* Add WebP image mapping
* Fix missing audio start of Opus audio in MKV/WebM
* Fix an infinite loop in MP4
* Fix attachments extractions in ogg files
* Support Uncompressed audio in mp4 (ISO/IEC 23003-5)
* Fix some lip sync issue in rare MPEG-TS streams

* Qt/macOS: Fixup user provided URLs
* Add safe area handling on macOS
* Qt: improve preferences search
* Qt: fix --no-mouse-events option

* Update YouTube script
* Fix Icecast directory parsing which could lead to missing entries
* Improve UPnP compatibility with some servers

3rd party libraries (contrib):
* Update FFmpeg to 4.4
* Update libflac to 1.3.4 to fix CVE-2020-0499 and CVE-2021-0561
* Update libsmb2 to fix invalid UTF-8 encoding of some filenames
* Update taglib to fix corruptions when editing some OGG metadata
* Update dav1d to 0.9.2
* Update fribidi to 1.0.11
* Update freetype to 2.11.1
* Update libass to 0.15.2
* Drop pthreadGC2 in favor of winpthreads
* Enable Java support for blurays on Apple M1
* Update libsrt to 1.4.4
* Update twolame to 0.4.0
* Update mpg123 to 1.29.3
* Update libnfs to 5.0.1
* Update libarchive to 3.6.0
* Update AOM encoder to 3.1.1

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Rewritten video output core and modules, allowing subpicture blending in GPU.
Shader support in the OpenGL output, for colorspace conversion, including 10bits.
New video outputs for Windows 7, Android, iOS and OS/2.
New debanding, grain, denoising and anti-flickering filters.
New deinterlacing filter, including an Inverse Telecine algorithm.

New resamplers for higher quality audio.
New dynamic range compressor and karaoke filters.
Simplification of the audio core for faster processing.
New audio outputs for iOS, Android and OS/2.

Multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid and WebM.
Support for 10bits codecs, WMV image and some other codecs.
Rewritten support for images, including jpeg, png, xcf, bmp...
Important changes in RealVideo and Real Format support.
CrystalHD cards and Android OpenMAX support for hardware decoding.

Experimental support for BluRay discs:
- Menus are deactivated in this release (will come soon).
- AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys are not shipped, for legal reasons.
Support for SDI capture cards and QTKit devices.
Support for new adaptive streaming protocols, like HLS and DASH.

Completely new, single window interface:
- Available in 2 colors: Lion grey and QTX black.
- Extensions support and better Lion integration.
Support for all QTKit devices through qtcapture and qtsound modules.
Continued support for X 10.5 and PPC users (1080p and ProRes on Dual-G5!).

Vastly improved MKV demuxer.
Rewritten linked segments and ordered chapter files support.
Correct support for FLAC, RV and Hi10p in MKV.
Rewritten seeking support in cue files.
Various ASS subtitles improvements.

Support for ProRes 422 and 4444, AVC/Intra.
Support for Jpeg-2000 and DNxHD/VC-3 in 10bits.
Support for EBU subtitles (stl) and EIA-608.
SDI and HD-SDI card support for input on Linux.
New Dirac/VC-2 encoder, faster than the previous one.

libVLC, libVLCcore and libcompat have switched from GPL to LGPLv2.1+.
New libVLC examples are available: media player, photobooth and mediainfo clones.
New JSON requests on the web interface to control running VLC instances.
Implementation of the MPRIS2 interface to control media players.
VLC's web plugins have been rewritten for better integration and stability in all browsers.

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Guides and How to's

How to record streaming WMV/ASF/MMS-links using VLC Media Player

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How to stream live tv or video with VLC/videolan

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Streaming Digital TV/DVB Over A Network

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VLC media player video tutorials

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Acronyms / Also Known As

VLC, videolan, VLC Blu-ray plugin

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The current version still is not capable of *properly* playing x264 10bit HDR content. The program still doesn't have the needed decoder to play the HDR encoded video file to produce the proper colour & contrast. Still waiting for a program update that looks after this.

Review by Tony on Sep 22, 2021 Version: 3.0.16 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

Works great on all types of files that are video related. I have been using VLC for a few years now and it works like a champ. The only time it was in question was once and they fixed it pdq. You can not beat "free" to the open public. Quality solely depends on the encoding of the file it is playing. Never under estimate a program that is free. Great job

Review by Backpain on Aug 16, 2021 Version: 3.0.16 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Sad day for VLC, a once fine and useful bit of software. Several versions ago it became fairly well unusable.

Had to switch to PotPlayer, which has superb playing performance, even if setup is a bit quirky and oddly lacking.

Good luck to you all!

Review by Sad Day on Aug 16, 2021 Version: 3.0.16 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 2/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 2/10

Videolan pulled 3.0.15 from their website without any details or even noting the fact that they pulled it. That's not great form, but hey, what do you want for free?

For those of us who have 3.0.15 installed (and have a compatible OS for which its not broken), will there be any issues with upgrading to the next version or uninstalling now or after the next upgrade? It would be nice to know, as there is at least one report in their forum about uninstall failures.

I totally understand that testing is a big challenge and a lot of work, but the lack of info coming from Videolan about the problems with the current release and what to do next for everyone with it installed is disappointing. Testing is a lot of work, but good communication is just editing a text file.

Review by Todd on Jun 12, 2021 Version: 3.0.15 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10

Let's hope an update will come soon :)

Review by Brazil on Jun 11, 2021 Version: 3.0.15 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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