VLC Media Player for Mac - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

VLC Media Player for Mac

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

CNET Editors' review

VLC Media Player for Mac is the all-around reliable, works-out-of-the-box media player that you might never have heard of, though that's no reflection on the app, itself.

We installed the latest update for VLC Media Player for Mac on our test machine without problems. We quickly downloaded the DMG, and then copied VLC to Applications, overwriting our previous installed version. As longtime users of this software, we were happy to see that not much has changed. The interface remained the same, with standard buttons for playback, forward, and back. Advanced controls are available for more options, as well. The player supports a wide variety of audio and video formats, natively, meaning no forced installation of third-party codecs to make it work is needed. We tested VLC Media Player for Mac out on a variety of video files such as MOV, MP4, MKV, and AVI, and had no problems viewing any of them. In addition to playing just about every type of media you can feed it, this player also features some tools for editing and recording media. We boosted saturation, hue, and contrast during playback of a video until the color was more to our liking. We were also able to record a video stream, as it came in live, from over the Internet. There are many more features, but for the majority ease of playback is reason enough to use this player.

VLC Media Player for Mac has been the media player of choice for many for a long time, even if it doesn't have the name recognition of other media players. It's versatile, powerful, and easy to use, eliminating video compatibility issues that often plague one player or another.

VLC Media Player:

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • Apple iTunes
    Manage your music and movie libraries on your Mac, iPod, iPhone...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • RealPlayer SP
    Download videos and transfer to mobile devices.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • HandBrake
    Universal, highly tweakable DVD/video ripper and converter.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • MacTubes
    YouTube video player and downloader.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • VirtualDJ Home
    Mix, scratch and remix MP3s or music videos live.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • MediaHuman YouTube ...
    Save YouTube and Vimeo videos in MP3 format.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Apple GarageBand
    Learn to play an instrument, write music, record a song.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Apple iMovie
    Digital video editing system.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • All2MP3
    Convert MPC, APE, WV, FLAC, OGG, WMA, AIFF, WAV and Video to MP...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • DivX
    Convert video between popular formats and enjoy an enhanced pla...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Flip Player
    Play, import, convert and export Windows Media video and audio ...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Flv Crunch
    Convert files between flv, mpeg 1/2/4, 3gp, mp3, m4a, wmv, wma,...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Sothink FLV Player
    Play FLV videos, including screen video, sorenson H.263, H.264.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • NoteAbilityPro
    Music notation with MIDI input & part extraction.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Perian
    QuickTime plugin that plays many video formats.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Apple Logic Pro X
    Music creation and audio production.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Radiologik Schedule...
    Scheduling component for Radiologik DJ.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Radiologik DJ
    Automated radio DJ assistant.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Apple Safari
    Browse the web comfortably.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • Switch Audio File C...
    Switch Mac audio file format converter. Convert between over 40...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Dicompla
    Create multilayer audio loops with adjustments and effects.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Apple AirPort Utili...
    Setup & manage airport base stations.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Senuti
    Transfer songs from your iPod back to your computer.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Disco XT DJ
    Mix the music.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
All User Reviews

Results 1-10 of 319

  • 5.0 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

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5.0 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'.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5.0 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

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

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

    October 5, 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

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 4.0 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.

    Reply to this review Read reply (1)

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't Work at all since upgrade."

    August 28, 2013  |   By Beezus16

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    Nothing. It won't open.

    Cons

    Since the upgrade the VLC media player won't open.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 2.0 stars

    "Latest version unstable. Rating for this version only."

    August 23, 2013  |   By jbjb2

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    Normally this is a fantastic video tool. Been using it for years.

    Cons

    Latest version (v2.0.8) simply will not run on my mid-2009 MacBook, OS 10.8.4.

    Summary

    VLC has always worked very well for me for years, playing virtually all video formats I asked it to. Updates have always been painless. However, after installing the update to v2.0.8, this version will not run. It 'unexpectedly quits' every time I try to launch it. Had to revert back to my last previous version (v2.0.3) which still works just fine. Even with this hickup, I still support VLC, and I'm confident it will be fixed in a new update soon.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than it says on the tin"

    August 18, 2013  |   By kashi63

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    One thing that I wanted, and isn't mentioned here, is the ability to change playback speed (having lost that in Quicktime now that my 'pro' is no longer).
    VLC can change playback speed.

    Excellent!

    Cons

    none found yet

    Summary

    Looks good, works great ... nice!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 3.0 stars

    "Version 2.08 "quits unexpectedly" Don't upgrade!"

    July 31, 2013  |   By PaulKB

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    This has been a very good "Swiss Army Knife" for playing almost any video, using almost any codec. I had to revert to 2.04. I don't want to bad mouth VLC, but read my comments below.

    Cons

    VLC version 2.08 will not run on my late 2006 iMac running 10.7.5 Lion. VLC will appear to launch properly, opening the "drop video here" window. Within 10 seconds the program will quit with the message that the program quit unexpectedly.

    Summary

    VLC is a very good video program. I have used it for years with few problems. Something must have slipped by the developer. I am not giving up on VLC. My comment is that for my Mac setup version 2.08 is unstable and unusable.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

    "It Plays Every Video Which I want. Very Nice Freeware"

    July 30, 2013  |   By Irsh4

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    Easy To Use

    Cons

    Not Having Facility for VIA Graphic Card

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Results 1-10 of 319

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for VLC Media Player 2.1.4
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

See more CNET content tagged:

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for VLC Media Player

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

Installed

Smart Install
VLC Media Player for Mac