VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3637 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.9
  • Total Downloads:
    60,990,028
  • Date Added:
    April 12, 2011
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    97,141
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista

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

Editors' Review

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What's the top media player? Opinions differ, but if you mean one that's open-source freeware, plays more files than the others, can be totally customized and configured to suit, and is not only updated frequently but also regularly offers new features and options created by a huge community of programmers and users, the answer is VLC Media Player.

Our default media player for years, VLC has managed to stay ahead of the competition in features and performance, if not always looks, though that's easy enough to fix if you want to. VLC and its source code are maintained by the all-volunteer VideoLAN Organization.

VLC is quick and easy to install. You can make VLC your default media player for various (or all) file types, but if you just want to try VLC without giving up your current player, you can skip the file associations. We clicked the familiar orange-and-white traffic cone icon to open VLC's famously plain interface, which is also a model of efficient layout design (and completely customizable, in any case: clicking the skinned player option in VideoLAN's Start Menu folder opens VLC in a sleek new view).

Effects? VLC has 'em: Audio, Video, and Synchronization effects, including a graphic equalizer with many presets; totally customizable dynamic range compression; an audio spatializer tool; AtmoLight video effects; interactive zoom; logos and overlays; and even special effects like blur, wave, water, and mirror effects. VLC's minimized interface hides the player's controls until you need them, and a raft of hot keys make it easy to toggle between views and to quickly access any of VLC's features. Playback quality is as good as it gets. We've used VLC to play MP3s, WAVs, CDs, DVDs, Flash video, and other formats. As for support, few programs of any sort can match VLC's Help files and wikis, and its dedicated community of users, forums and other online resources.

From myriad file types to playlists to codecs and video capture, if it's useful to have in a media player, VLC has probably got it or soon will. VLC plays everything: if there's a media file it can't play but should, just ask!

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 75 votes

    • 5 star 41
    • 4 star 23
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 3637 votes

    • 5 star 1974
    • 4 star 1113
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 117
    • 1 star 191
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  • 5 stars

    "Plays almost any files"

    October 18, 2014   |   By zxzx4zxzx

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    It's great, plays any files that you need it to play.

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great free media player!"

    October 16, 2014   |   By alanmichael46

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    At first I tried other player but it crashed, but this one is very quality

    Cons

    none found so far..

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  • 5 stars

    "A must have"

    October 08, 2014   |   By gaaaaaary

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    PLAYS DAMN NEAR ANYTHING EVEN MY OLD PRIMARY SCHOOL RECORDER, 1 of the first programs i put on any pc and now android, no more converting videos this thing plays em all

    Cons

    None none none

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  • 5 stars

    "Best all round media player"

    October 04, 2014   |   By Kris_DeWeever

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    - Plays all media files without any problem
    - Small system footprint
    - It is free

    Cons

    None that I know

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  • 5 stars

    "Great product, fast and easy"

    September 25, 2014   |   By LanzaMany

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    The program works very well. Easy to use for you!

    Cons

    None I can think of.

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  • 5 stars

    "Helpful and easy to use!!"

    September 25, 2014   |   By PortillaCrooked

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    Really happy with this program.

    Cons

    Nothing. just download and use it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent program, i recommed it!"

    September 23, 2014   |   By SoberHorrocks

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    Very suitable for me to use, really

    Cons

    No cons from what I can see.

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  • 5 stars

    "A Basic Tool for any computer"

    September 22, 2014   |   By MikkolaAslam

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    Appearance is very beautiful, I love it

    Cons

    None, does what i want

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  • 5 stars

    "A Basic Tool for any computer"

    September 21, 2014   |   By CalameMahmood

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    A Basic Tool for any computer

    Cons

    None, does what i want

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  • 5 stars

    "its fast and updated regularly,"

    September 17, 2014   |   By FromSivils

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    This software helps me as much as I want.

    Cons

    None found so far

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    What's new in version 1.1.9
    Version 1.1.9 includes security update regarding a heap-based buffer overflow in mp4 demuxer and update of libmodplug for security reasons in Windows and Mac versions.
    General
    Publisher VideoLAN Project
    Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
    Release Date April 12, 2011
    Date Added April 12, 2011
    Version 1.1.9
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Players
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 23.6MB
    File Name vlc-2.1.5-win32.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 60,990,028
    Downloads Last Week 97,141
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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