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VLC Media Player for Mac

By VideoLAN Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of VLC Media Player

  • Play nearly any audio or video file without additional codecs
  • Last updated on 08/14/20
  • There have been 4 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on iOS and Windows
The VLC Media Player source code is also available.

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 1, 2015

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.11.1

Version 3.0.11.1 solves an audio rendering regression introduced in the last update specific to that platform.

General

Release August 14, 2020
Date Added August 14, 2020
Version 3.0.11.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion

Popularity

Total Downloads 6,965,289
Downloads Last Week 1,450
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Developer's Description

VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, and OGG, as well as for DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It also can be used as a server for unicast or multicast streams in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.