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VLC media player – Stable

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VLC media player – Stable

VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform media player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as Blu-Ray, DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

VLC media player is Simple, Powerful and Fast. Plays everything, Files, Discs, Devices, WebCams and Streams. It also is Media Converter and Streamer, plays most codecs with no codec packs needed.

VLC is a highly portable multi-platform multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3, WMA…).

VLC media player has hardware decoding on most platforms. It supports 0-copy on the GPU and can fallback on software when required.

VLC media player project targets multimedia streaming of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestial television channels and live videos on a high-bandwidth IPv4 or IPv6 network in unicast or multicast under many OSes.

VLC also features a cross-platform player, which can be used to read the stream from the network or display video read locally on the computer under all GNU/Linux flavours, all BSD flavours, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, Solaris, QNX, Familiar Linux…

VLC media player Features:

  • Rewrite of the playlist (tree structure, input preparsing …)
  • Preferences improvements
  • XML parsers
  • Client-side SSL/TLS support
  • Massive Matroska improvements
  • Support for SOCKS proxy
  • Support for Shoutcast Meta-data
  • Support for (HE-) AAC raw-audio streams
  • TiVo demuxer
  • Samba (Windows shares) access module
  • Dirac decoder and encoder
  • PNG decoder/encoder
  • Support for Apple Lossless Audio Codec
  • Services discovery modules (SAP module, HAL discovery, DAAP (iTunes shares), shoutcast)
  • Support for 20/24 bits LPCM
  • Video snapshot support (png or jpg)
  • Image file video output (png)
  • Mosaic (picture-in-picture system)
  • Pocket PC port
  • Brand new Internet Explorer ActiveX plugin

Plays Video Formats:

MPEG-1/2, DivX (1/2/3/4/5/6), MPEG-4 ASP, XviD, 3ivX D4, H.261, H.263 / H.263i, H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC, Cinepak, Theora, Dirac / VC-2, MJPEG (A/B), WMV 1/2, WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1, Sorenson 1/3, DV, On2 VP3/VP5/VP6, Indeo Video v3 (IV32), Real Video (1/2/3/4).

Plays Audio Formats:

MPEG Layer 1/2, MP3 – MPEG Layer 3, AAC – MPEG-4 part3, Vorbis, AC3 – A/52, E-AC-3, MLP / TrueHD>3, DTS, WMA 1/2, WMA 3, FLAC, ALAC, Speex, Musepack / MPC, ATRAC 3, Wavpack, Mod, TrueAudio, APE, Real Audio, Alaw/µlaw, AMR (3GPP), MIDI, LPCM, ADPCM, QCELP, DV Audio, QDM2/QDMC, MACE.

Plays Subtitles:

DVD, Text files (MicroDVD, SubRIP, SubViewer, SSA1-5, SAMI, VPlayer), Closed captions, Vobsub, Universal Subtitle Format (USF), SVCD / CVD, DVB, OGM, CMML, Kate. ID3 tags, APEv2, Vorbis comment.

Changes in VLC media player 3.0.12:


  • Add new RIST access module compliant with simple profile (VSF_TR-06-1)

Access Output:

  • Add new RIST access output module compliant with simple profile (VSF_TR-06-1)


  • Fixed adaptive’s handling of resolution settings

Audio output:

  • Fix audio distortion on macOS during start of playback

Video Output:

  • Direct3D11: Fix some potential crashes when using video filters


  • Add native support for Apple Silicon / ARM-64
  • Visual UI adaptations for macOS Big Sur
  • Fix displaying EQ bands in the UI depending on which frequency presets are set for the EQ in advanced preferences
  • Fix UI issues in bookmarks window


  • Several fixes in the web interface, including privacy and security improvements
  • Update YouTube and Vocaroo scripts

Changes in VLC media player 3.0.10:

  • Update Twitch & VLSub scripts

Changes in VLC media player 3.0.9:


  • Work around busy looping when playing an invalid item through VLM


  • Fix TTML entities not passed to decoder
  • Misc raw H264/HEVC frame rate fixes
  • Fix adaptive regression on TS format change (mostly HLS)


  • Fixes H264/HEVC incomplete draining in some cases
  • packetizer_helper: Fix potential trailing junk on last packet
  • Improved check to prevent fLAC synchronization drops


  • avcodec: revector video decoder to fix incomplete drain

Text renderer:

  • Fix crashes on macOS with SSA/ASS subtitles containing emoji


  • Remove qtsound module and add avaudiocapture module as replacement
  • Fix audio capture on macOS Catalina by using avaudiocapture
  • Inform the user in case OS permissions are missing for certain actions
  • Fix Apple Remote support on macOS Catalina
  • Add support for pausing Apple Music on macOS Catalina
  • Fix UPnP discovery crash without an active network interface
  • Fix rare placement issues with fullscreen panel
  • Fix problem in audio output remembering the last device configuration in digital mode


  • Add missing .wpl & .zpl file associations on Windows

Changes in VLC media player 3.0.8:


  • Fix stuttering for low framerate videos


  • Fix channel ordering in some MP4 files
  • Fix glitches in TS over HLS
  • Add real probing of HLS streams
  • Fix HLS MIME type fallback


  • Fix WebVTT subtitles rendering

Stream filter:

  • Improve network buffering


  • Update Youtube script

Audio Output:

  • macOS/iOS: Fix stuttering or blank audio when starting or seeking when using external audio devices (bluetooth for example)
  • macOS: Fix AV synchronization when using external audio devices

Video Output:

  • Direct3D11: Fix hardware acceleration for some AMD drivers

Stream output:

  • Fix transcoding when the decoder does not set the chroma


  • Fix a buffer overflow in the MKV demuxer (CVE-2019-14970)
  • Fix a read buffer overflow in the avcodec decoder (CVE-2019-13962)
  • Fix a read buffer overflow in the FAAD decoder
  • Fix a read buffer overflow in the OGG demuxer (CVE-2019-14437, CVE-2019-14438)
  • Fix a read buffer overflow in the ASF demuxer (CVE-2019-14776)
  • Fix a use after free in the MKV demuxer (CVE-2019-14777, CVE-2019-14778)
  • Fix a use after free in the ASF demuxer (CVE-2019-14533)
  • Fix a couple of integer underflows in the MP4 demuxer (CVE-2019-13602)
  • Fix a null dereference in the dvdnav demuxer
  • Fix a null dereference in the ASF demuxer (CVE-2019-14534)
  • Fix a null dereference in the AVI demuxer
  • Fix a division by zero in the CAF demuxer (CVE-2019-14498)
  • Fix a division by zero in the ASF demuxer (CVE-2019-14535)


  • Update to a newer libmodplug version (

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Supported Operating Systems:

  • From Windows XP SP3 to the last version of Windows 10.
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • Android 2.2 (platform-8) or later.
  • iOS 9.0 or later

Input Media

UDP/RTP Unicast, UDP/RTP Multicast, HTTP / FTP, MMS, TCP/RTP Unicast, DCCP/RTP Unicast, File, DVD Video, Video CD / VCD, SVCD, Audio CD (no DTS-CD), DVB (Satellite, Digital TV, Cable TV), MPEG encoder, Video acquisition.

Input Formats

MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3), AVI, ASF / WMV / WMA, MP4 / MOV / 3GP, OGG / OGM / Annodex, Matroska (MKV), Real, WAV (including DTS), Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52, Raw DV, FLAC, FLV (Flash), MXF, Nut, Standard MIDI / SMF, Creative™ Voice.


SAP/SDP announces, Bonjour protocol, Mozilla/Firefox plugin, ActiveX plugin, SVCD Menus, Localization, CD-Text, CDDB CD info, IGMPv3, IPv6, MLDv2, CPU acceleration.

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12 Comments on VLC media player – Stable

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    VLC has nightly builds. These builds will have the latest security fixes and git updates.

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    PotPlayer N.1 now

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    PotPlayer is way better than this one. I could not make it play subtitles no matter I did: codecs, updates, etc.

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    ie fullscreen 16x9 from a 4x3 video

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    VLC can fix audio synch and also can set to fullscreen where wmp wont.

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    I really Like this player Very Light, Nice Quality, and make sense user friendly. Actually KM player is great but the new one from the Same Developer "POT PLaye"r is the ultimate. Killer Quality

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    Very good and very light player

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    KMPlayer is the best. Freeware with more than shareware quality!!!!!!

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    Does it now remember custom equilizer settings?
    It's really irritating to set equilizer every time you open it...
    Otherwise a great player!

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    vlc is good but once check bsplayer alsso,,,it may be shareware but video quality is superior than vlc even u expand da picture size

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    poor, can`t load additional audio file watching the movies, even MPC does that

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    Tks..Top of line player