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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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Latest version

3.0.18 / 3.0.19 RTX Beta (April 12, 2023)



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Download VLC media player 3.0.18 Windows 64-bit  42MB  Win64

Download VLC media player 3.0.18 Windows  41MB  Win

Download VLC media player 3.0.18 Mac 64-bit  52MB  Mac64

Download VLC media player 3.0.18 Mac ARM 64-bit  46MB  MacARM64

Download VLC media player 3.0.18 Linux  Linux




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Download VLC media player 3.0.18 Portable Windows 64-bit  73MB  Win64  Portable

Download VLC media player 3.0.18 Portable Windows  70MB  Win  Portable

Download VLC media player 3.0.19 RTX Beta Portable Windows  40MB  Win  Portable




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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 ( http://nightlies.videolan.org/ )



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


3.0.19 RTX Highlights

VLC 3.0.19 RTX is a custom version of "Vetinari"
It activates Super Resolution upscaling by default on nVidia RTX GPU

See https://download.videolan.org/testing/vlc-rtx-upscaler/

Changes between 3.0.18 and 3.0.19:
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Demux:
* Fix some FLAC VBR files playback regression
* Fix black screen on poorly edited MP4 files on Android Mediacodec
* Fix AVI files with flipped RAW video planes
* Fix duration on short and small Ogg/Opus files
* Fix some HLS/TS streams with ID3 prefix
* Fix for GoPro MAX spatial metadata

Contribs:
* Update of fluidlite, fixing some MIDI rendering on Windows
* Update of zlib to 1.2.13 (CVE-2022-37434)

Misc:
* Fix some rendering issues on Linux with the fullscreen controller
* Fix some MPRIS inconsistencies that broke some OS widgets on Linux
* Fixes for Youtube playback
* Fix some crashes on macOS when switching application
* Fix password search using the Kwallet backend
* Fix 5.1/7.1 output on macOS and tvOS
* Multiple fixes on AAC handling

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All features


VIDEO
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.

AUDIO
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.

FORMATS
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.

INPUT AND DEVICES
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.

FOR MAC USERS
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!).

FOR ANIME FANS
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.

FOR PROFESSIONAL USERS
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.

FOR DEVELOPERS
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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Acronyms / Also Known As

VLC, videolan, VLC Blu-ray plugin



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139 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


Yes BeeGee, you are useless. Indeed.

Review by AC/DC on Oct 20, 2022 Version: 3.0.17.4 OS: Windows 10 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Absolutely Useless

Review by BeeGee on Oct 18, 2022 Version: Most Recent OS: Linux Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10




I've been using the average VLC player for around 10 years. I think it's the best open source player there is, it even has a series of tools that other players lack, such as subtitle and audio track synchronization. However, one thing that I believe can be better is playing HEVC videos for older computers (in my case I have a computer with an Intel Celeron E3400 @ 2.60GHz processor and 8 gb of ddr3 ram memory), and the 720p and 1080p videos encoded in HEVEC, whether mkv or mp4, simply freeze when we move forward or backward (for example, from MPC BE, it has settings, where I can play a video in hevec, without crashes, as well as a video in H264), I've already tried a series of settings so that I could optimize VLC for HEVC playback cases but without success. In addition, it still (like most players"), does not play xHE-AAC audio, which I believe is not a negative point, since the codec is new. efforts, because for me, VLC is one of the top 3 free media players.

Review by Diego Souza on Jul 15, 2022 Version: 3.0.17.4 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10




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


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