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VLC media player
VLC Icon.svg
VLC 3.0.10 running on Linux and GNOME Shell.png
VLC 3 running on Linux and GNOME Shell, playing Spring, a short film by the Blender Foundation
Developer(s) VideoLAN
Initial release February 1, 2001; 23 years ago (2001-02-01)
Written in Core: C
GUI: C++ (with Qt), Objective-C (with Cocoa), Swift, Java
Bundled Extensions: Lua
Operating system Windows, Windows Phone, macOS, Linux, Android, Chrome OS, iOS, iPadOS, Apple TV, Tizen, watchOS, Xbox One
Platform IA-32, x86-64, ARM, ARM64, MIPS, PowerPC
Available in 48 languages
Type Media player
License GPL-2.0 with some libraries under LGPL-2.1
Vlc mediaplayer 0.9.8a runing on KDE 4.2.1 with fedora 10
A screenshot of VLC media player playing Big Buck Bunny

VLC media player (also known as VLC or VideoLAN Client) is a free software media player by the VideoLAN project.

It is a highly portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer that supports many kinds of audio and video. VLC can repair and play corrupt files, damaged or unfinished.

It is one of the most platform-independent players, available for BeOS, BSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Solaris and Windows CE, and has over 50 million downloads for version 0.8.6.

VLC uses a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries. Many of its codecs are provided by the libavcodec codec library from the FFmpeg project, but it uses mainly its own muxer and demuxers. VLC gained honor as the first player to support playback of encrypted DVDs on Linux by using the libdvdcss DVD library.


VLC was initially the client for the VideoLAN project, and it was originally made by students at the École Centrale de Paris, and was released under the GPL license on the 1 February 2001. It now has supporters and contributors worldwide.

The icon of VLC is a traffic cones collected by Ecole Centrale's Networking Students' Association.

Design principles

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VLC with the wxWidgets interface, running on KDE

VLC has a very flexible design, which makes it easier to include modules for new file formats, codecs or streaming methods. There are more than 300 modules in VLC. VLC also supports highly personalizable skins through the skins2 interface, Winamp 2 and XMMS skins and can play high definition recordings of D-VHS tapes duplicated to a computer using CapDVHS.exe

Related pages

  • List of media players
  • Comparison of media players
  • List of multimedia (audio/video) codecs

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