VLC Media Player for Mac

VLC Media Player for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 346 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    5,731,454
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 16, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    33.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,403
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: The VLC Media Player source code is also available.

Editors' Review

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VLC Media Player for Mac is a powerful and efficient app for playing all kinds of media in multiple formats right on your Mac. With this app in place, you can just download and watch what you want, without having to worry about formats, compatibility, and conversions.

Pros

Versatile and free: VLC Media Player is completely free, and it allows you to play media in a wide variety of formats, many of which would not otherwise be immediately compatible with Mac. In this way, it eliminates the need to convert files before you can play them back and lets you get right down to the fun part.

Advanced features: While most users will probably only use this app to watch media, it does offer a few nice advanced features that more experienced users will enjoy. For instance, there are several basic editing tools that allow you to adjust various file properties to enhance your viewing experience.

Cons

Unwelcoming interface: VLC Media Player's interface may be a bit intimidating to inexperienced users, as it's quite bare bones and utilitarian. And while it's easy enough to figure out how to access basic features, finding the more advanced tools can take some determined poking around.

Bottom Line

VLC Media Player is a great free way to access a variety of media files directly on your Mac, with no conversions required. It could stand a bit of a facelift, but overall, it's a convenient app to have at your disposal. And since it's free, there's no reason not to try it out to see if it will work for you.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Great option for playing FLAC audio files"

November 07, 2014  |  By patshrews

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Works well, rarely crashes

Cons

Can't seem to get songs to contentiously. I have to manually select next song when one finishs

Summary

The best free option I'm aware of

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4 stars

"best media player ever"

September 15, 2014

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

easy to use

Cons

nothing to change

Summary

nice app
http://fullfreeversionsoftware.blogspot.com/2014/08/download-vlc-media-player-full-free.html

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5 stars

"Great product"

September 08, 2014  |  By vpeou

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Plays all format.

Cons

Better UI.

Summary

This is the Video player everyone needs installed on their system. Very reliable.

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4 stars

"Great software that operates smoothly"

July 21, 2014  |  By Annaatson

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.4

Pros

Can play everything without any codecs, plays files that no other player can manage.

Cons

Would not show the FLV video, which is what I downloaded it for.

Summary

Plays every other video format without any problem playing the video with sound. But downloaded freeware AVS(http://www.avs-video-editor.org/avs-media-player/) after VLC couldn't play my MKV File with sound. AVS did perfectly.

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5 stars

"Huge Improvemen new interface, stable, plays everything"

June 04, 2014  |  By dru4980167

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.4

Pros

stable and play almost everything

Cons

none that I can find

Summary

Well at least all the video formats I have. wmv, divx, mp4, mov, mpg, avi and even flv Total wow

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5 stars

"The best player for a MAC"

February 16, 2014  |  By icwmms

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.3

Pros

Easy to download
Easy to use
Never fails to play whatever is selected

Cons

None that comes to mind

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5 stars

"Outstanding product"

November 29, 2013  |  By Brunel2

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.1

Pros

Easy to use
Simple
Works every time

Cons

None that I can find !

Summary

What more could you want. An absolute 'must have'.

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5 stars

"A Perfect Video Player for the Mac"

November 15, 2013  |  By PaulKB

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.1

Pros

Works well. VLC has never failed to open any video file I have encountered.
VLC IMHO should be one everyone's Mac. VLC is all any Mac user needs to play the majority (if not all) video files a user will ever encounter.

Cons

I cannot think of any.

Summary

I am using a 24" late 2006 iMac running 10.7.5

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5 stars

"does what is says it will do, and does it well"

October 05, 2013  |  By A R Chernoff--2008

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.0

Pros

great works update after update

Cons

none that I can think of. I had to enter 10 characters, so again... no cons

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4 stars

"TechTracker is downloading wrong version for mac."

August 29, 2013  |  By ChuckOG

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

Seems to be able to do anything.

Cons

Automatic updates weren't working for me. I had to find the dmg file using a google search. I got lucky.

Summary

I found vlc-2.0.8-intel64.dmg on my hard drive after I got a message that said "Ambiguous " something from the TechTracker. I had been getting this message since VLC 2.0.6. Anyway, if you're having problems with VLC shutting down every time try this:
http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/2.0.8/macosx/vlc-2.0.8.dmg

Double click on the file and drag the app to applications folder as usual. I just got it working so I can't really review it yet.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.2.1
It fixes numerous crashes (FLAC, SPC), codec issues (VP9, Atrac3, AAC), regressions and several issues (Resume, MP4 chapters, MKV over network) and security issues.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date April 16, 2015
Date Added April 16, 2015
Version 2.2.1
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 33.69MB
File Name vlc-2.2.1.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,731,454
Downloads Last Week 7,403
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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