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Get Started with Media Player Classic for Windows

Download Media Player Classic (MPC-HC), one of the best free offline video and music players for Windows, and see our top media players for every platform.

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Media Player Classic is a program for Windows that plays a wide variety of video and audio files. It began as an official off-shoot of Windowsmore

Media Player Classic is a program for Windows that plays a wide variety of video and audio files. It began as an official off-shoot of Windows Media Player. The current version is called Media Player Classic - Home Cinema, or MPC-HC for short.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Media Player Classic free?
Like VLC, MPC-HC is a free open-source program, although you can optionally donate to the development team at any time with PayPal or a credit card.
What's the best media player for iOS, Android, and Mac devices?
We have a handy guide full of download links for all the best media players. The best choice depends on what type of media you want to play.
Is Media Player Classic - Home Cinema the best app of its kind, or should I try something else?
MPC-HC used to have a reputation for instability, but these days it's just as reliable as VLC Media Player. See below for links to VLC. In fact, MPC-HC tends to play 4K more smoothly. However, MPC-HC does not handle streaming content. For that, VLC is still the way to go. For everything else, MPC-HC is at least worth checking out. It's available only for Microsoft Windows.

Alternatives to Media Player Classic

iTunes

iTunes