VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming.

It supports many new devices inputs, formats, metadata and improves most of the current ones, preparing for the next-gen codecs. For subtitles you can download VLSub.

Why is VLC so popular?

VLC Media Player has grown its user base over the years thanks to its simplicity, wide support for a variety of formats, and features which allow all sorts of video manipulation and enhancements.

Is VLC compatible with Windows 11?

VLC media player is compatible with all versions of Windows, including Windows 11. VLC player is a cross-platform media player, so it's also available for macOS, Linux and Android.

What does VLC stand for?

VLC stands for VideoLAN Client. VLC media player, as it's now called, began to exist around 1996 as a project from the École Centrale Paris consisting of a client and server designed to stream videos.

What video formats does VLC support?

VLC offers support for the following 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).

What audio formats does VLC support?

VLC player offers support for the following 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.

Can VLC play DVDs?

VLC can play all kinds of DVDs, including discs with protection. However, the legality of using VLC to play protected DVDs depends on where you are located.

What's New

macOS:

  • Versions 3.0.12 to 3.0.13 are not able to update automatically anymore, and will require user action
  • Versions 3.0.11 and earlier should update automatically to 3.0.14

Access:

  • 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)

Demux:

  • Fixed adaptive's handling of resolution settings
  • Improve Bluray tracks support
  • Improve WMV seeking and DASH support
  • Fix crashes in AVI, MKV modules

Audio output:

  • Fix audio distortion on macOS during start of playback

Video Output:

  • Direct3D11: Fix some potential crashes when using video filters

Misc:

  • Several fixes in the web interface, including privacy and security improvements
  • Update YouTube and Vocaroo scripts
  • Fix rotation filter mouse handling
  • Update translations