VLC media player

VLC media player 3.0.0

Simply the best multi-format media player

If you want to play video or music files in just about any format, VLC media player is probably your answer. View full description


  • Supports a wide range of formats
  • Good hotkey support
  • Easy to use
  • Very flexible and lightweight
  • Integration with web channel streaming services
  • Improved interface in version 3
  • More format support in version 3
  • Plays BluRay and HD


  • User interface is quite basic
  • User interface slicker in Mac version


If you want to play video or music files in just about any format, VLC media player is probably your answer.

Media player and more

VLC media player is the most stable, flexible and lightweight audio and video player around today, especially when compared to others that will play unusual formats after downloading a codec, or simply refuse to play things.

The program handles tons of formats, from MPEG to FLV and RMBV files. V10 bit codes plus multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid and WebM, as well as the ability to play HD and BluRay.

Also useful is the fact that you can use VLC media player to preview files you are downloading since it plays incomplete parts of video files. VLC media player is not just for video playback however. It also offers superb integration with video channel streaming services such as Channels.com giving you access to channels such as ESPN, Reuters and National Geographic. Just right-click or CMD-click on the playlist, select Services Discovery and Channels.com.

Channels.com will then appear in your VLC media player playlist. Click on it to reveal the the different categories of channels available. Click on the category you want and a drop down list of all available channels appears in VLC media player. Just click on the channel you want to watch and streaming should begin almost immediately.

How does it work?

VLC media player also has great hotkey support and if you take the time to learn the shortcuts so it can be controlled without touching your mouse. If you're watching DVDs or video files through it, this is not an issue. For music, it plays more or less any file and features an equalizer and playlist creation. VLC media player isn't as intuitive as iTunes as a media manager, but it's a much more flexible player in terms of file formats. You can even use VLC to convert your files, and on top of all the formats and physical media it will play, many streaming protocols and TV capture cards are supported.

VLC media player makes it easy to add subtitles to your video files too - just add the SRT file to the folder where your video is kept, and it will automatically play with subtitles.

Finally, the interface in VLC media player has been somewhat improved although it remains strictly functional. However, you can download skins to completely change VLC media player's appearance. The preferences menu is comprehensive without being overwhelming, and there is extensive documentation online.

Complete and free

VLC Media Player is quite simply the best multimedia application for Windows and Mac. It plays just about anything, hassle free - what more could you need?

VLC media player


VLC media player 3.0.0

User reviews about VLC media player

  • jock jack

    by jock jack

    "angry and mad"

    i use to love it but then it just crashed out of nowhere and i cant do my school work as it is in VLC media player th...   More.

  • oscar kc

    by oscar kc

    "i want english version of vlc not chinese version"

    it says english version but when i download it finish is all in chinese i dont understand.   More.

  • Aidan Carter1316763464

    by Aidan Carter1316763464


    it touched my ding dong for like 12 seconds but then it gave me a free $50 giftcard for chilis so that was okay so 2/10.   More.

  • rdkater .

    by rdkater .

    "it sucks"

    have a windows computer en have a Android tablet en wants to download the android version on the computer en put the ...   More.

  • Mogamat Simon

    by Mogamat Simon

    "its the most awesome app i've ever used"

    ive been using vlc all the years and I actualy find it to be the best in playing my music and video file both my sons...   More.

  • Chhotu Hatti

    by Chhotu Hatti