VLC v3.0.3 Updated

billon on 30 May 2018
  • 121MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 May 2018
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

VLC is a skinnable, feature-rich media player that supports a wide variety of multimedia file and streaming formats. It can play files while they download, from inside RAR files, online radio stations, convert video formats and much more. The software can also behave as a streaming server for delivering video in unicast or multicast mode.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates dvdcss folder in %APPDATA% when playing DVD.
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Create portable subfolder. Launch vlc.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary locales.
Similar/alternative apps: MPC-HC, SMPlayer, PotPlayer
What's new? See:

87 comments on VLC  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

knattefnattetjatte 2006-03-14 06:50

Probably the best media player. I have not yet come across a file, that VLC have not been able to play. I have not installed any codecs on my new laptop.
You can create a .bat file to launch VLC in portable mode. Create portable.bat in the program directory. Open portable.bat in Notepad and copy-paste "vlc.exe --no-plugins-cache --config=vlcrc" and save it. Launch VLC by double clicking on portable.bat

ash 2006-04-11 06:05

to close the command window automaticly
"start vlc.exe --no-plugins-cache --config=vlcrc"

technicolordreamcoat 2006-12-11 08:44

causing BSOD (blue screen of death) running from USB
on xp home sp2

ste 2006-12-12 00:19

Perfect ! Works like a charm on XP SP2 (Home and Pro)

Danix 2006-12-12 04:46

You can find another portable edition of VideoLAN here:
(X-VideoLAN 0.8.6) http://www.winpenpack.com/main/index.php?mod=none_Files&dpath=misc/Files/2%20-%20X-Software/3%20-%20Multimedia/

(Please select the english language from the right "Hot news" block to have the web site translated in english)

Brett 2007-01-07 12:14

I like vlc but it puts a folder under c documents and settings owner and application data. It puts a cache folder and a plugins .dat file. You delete the folder but every time you start Vlc it comes back.

fasola 2007-01-08 10:06

use X-VideoLAN - read Danix post.

Andrew Lee 2007-01-09 04:37

You probably didn't enter the command-line parameters correctly: "--no-plugins-cache --config=vlcrc". I just tested with the command-line parameters, and nothing is written to the user profile folder.

GBJ 2007-05-05 06:31

It's a GREAT media player, but to get the truly portable version, download it from: http://portableapps.com/news/2007-05-03_-_vlc_portable_0.8.6b

LH 2007-06-15 11:52

The main problem with VLC is that you cannot bring up the brightness, contrast and gamma controls as there is no support for displaying them in the skins (see the VLC forums for posts about this). The only way to enable the "Extended GUI" feature is to run "VLC Player (alt)" from the Start menu, which just has the following switches enabled: --intf wx --no-wx-embed. Until they fix this, I've stopped using VLC as it's a real pain.

Myself 2007-10-14 01:48

The problem with VLC player is it is really slow at playing DVDs, I wish they work on it in near future. Because it is great at playing anything else other than DVDs

Eldad 2007-12-14 04:18

The official VLC site is no longer showing the portable version. This version can be found on: http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/vlc_portable
In it you can download the portable version and it self exreacting but as PORTALBE to a file of your choice.
Also it is only 9.8MB and not 32MB.

Hawk 2008-01-04 06:04

He it run ".mov" files?

Joel 2008-02-06 14:19

Its a fantastic player!
It even reads ISO!! Play on the desktop! Gets Wallpaper shots!
Simple and easy to use but excellent! GREAT!

Thanks guys!

Ashghost 2008-02-28 16:21

@Eldad: The portable version is still at the Videolan website, in either 7-zip or zip archives. The issue with portableapps.com apps is that Haller generally just adds a launcher and a wrapper on them that allows them to write to the registry, then cleans up when you shut them down. If the app crashes, the registry modifications are still there. Also, I find it slightly disingenuous of him to release portable versions of apps that have their own portable versions: VLC, Pidgin, Notepad++, Filezilla, KeePass, and MPlayer and I think one or two others that I don't use all have official portable releases. Knattefnattetjatte describes how to make your own simple launcher above, and this will make your VLC truly portable.

Also, the description says 32MB _uncompressed_

Portable Paul 2008-03-02 14:31

ASHghost, thanks for that info. I had been rather blindly following the portableapps.com web site. i've seen others do it, advertising thinstalled versions of apps that are already portable.. didn't think to question haller. thanks for the info.

Sture 2008-03-15 15:25

VLC v0.8.6d works well! I'm using Win98SE.
This newer e version terminates with "You must run this on Win2000/XP/Vista". Not so good.

a 2008-05-05 17:30

originally I couldn't find any use out this program, although I'm a media player classic fan, I think the interface sucked, and it doesn't play all media correctly for instance .midi doesn't play at all, flv video skips, and the interface always resets itself to the default view. Although after some playing with I found that I can capture radio streams, the downside is the songs don't play while this is in progress and it's all saved to one file. (so I have no idea what the song is called and I have to cut the file into pieces) it does display what is being played in the status bar, (whats that about anyway!, I would rather save the songs to separate files with the names displayed from the status bar!) ok short rant.

Underpower! 2008-07-17 03:11

VLC (Very.Lacking.Crap) Player!
Try KMPlayer http://www.kmplayer.com/forums
Its more fuctions and more Advanced in features, all free and portable straight out of the box!
No need to hack anything!
+200 more options than VLC
Heres some of the features that you'll be getting for free.
+Realtime Audio Resync (lovely!)
+Support most winamp plugin
+Lots of powerful Video filters!
+Full support for subtitle and editing on the go!
+Can Capture Audio/Video anywhere and save (awesome!)
+A/B Repeat anywhere
+Looks and feels like winamp but can be change/skinned!
+Lots more advance option/features!
Stuff VLC!

Underpower! 2008-07-17 06:52

Best thing about it, is it even plays file without format!
(it scan file headers and detect the file format! smart!)
Even cool, it plays unfinish download AVI and others too :)

dug_down_deep 2008-08-21 08:44

Yeah, this program is great. I've been using it for a while now, and no problems, except that some MP3s don't play. I always assume that's because they've got DRM embedded, since they play in Windows Media Player. It only happens rarely, though.

Milou 2008-09-16 11:09

vlc.exe --no-plugins-cache --config=vlcrc

Doesn't work with 0.92 version

Steu 2008-09-18 05:17

How to make it portable?

The instructions are not working for 0.9.x version!

Diego 2008-09-18 09:44

It worked for me.

VLC starts also with a simple doubleclick without those options (likely non in a portable way).

Tested on 0.9.2

Jake 2008-09-19 15:44

v0.9.2 is regularly crashing on me. I'm going back to v0.8.6i until the new version is stabilized...

Gmacri 2008-09-25 11:55

Yes 0.92 version have some problems...
I'm waiting for the next update.

Rilwis 2008-09-28 13:01

I try to run VLC with parameters "--no-plugins-cache --config=vlcrc" and see it saves its settings in file vlcrc in app's folder, but it also create a folder "vlc" in user's application data. Can you check it please, it's not clean.

Lyndon 2008-09-29 18:58

**0.9.3 available from "http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Players/VideoLAN-Client.shtml"
**Install and copy files from "c:\program files\VideoLAN\vlc"
**Run with parameters "--no-plugins-cache --config=vlcrc --no-media-library"
**One file is left: "c:\documents and settings\user\Application Data\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini"
**Portable apps forum indicates "guys at #videolan say there is no direct option to move or prevent qt interface file formation" (credit paranoidal)

Guest 2008-10-04 02:58

Adding to what Lyndon wrote, there are actually two files left and not just one:

Dave 2008-10-19 10:15

I recently discovered VLC, and love it for its versatility.
However, i find it really frustrating that I cannot find an option anywhere in preferences to stop the screen from disappearing as soon as the playback is stopped. I know it can be done as I managed to do it before (it has a black screen with the cone icon in the centre) but cannot remember how I did it!
Can anyone help? How do I keep the screen open (in smallscreen and fullscreen modes) when the player is stopped? Thanks in advance :-)

MasterBlaster 2008-10-30 01:54

@Lyndon and @Dave

1.) The vlc-qt-interface.ini problem. Change in Edit Preferences under Interface the Modul from Standard to Skinable Interface and VLC is 100 % Stealth. Dont activate a Extra-Module.

2.) Dave - use skinable Interface as standard modul and all your problems are gone. Look at your preferences.


Amy 2008-11-09 19:28

The new VLC has bugs.

I have a file that works fine on VLC 0.9.4, but does not work on 0.9.6. It's an FLV file I downloaded off of youtube. If you use flv files, do not download this new version, because your files might not play.

Geddich Nixan 2008-11-10 02:48

Have the same problem with FLV files and the version 0.9.6. When I try to play an FLV with 0.9.6 it simply closes without further ado. I have the impression that VLC is getting worser. They have problems with the Win version of the software and when there is finally a new release it is buggy. Sad thing. It used to be THE media player but it is not any longer. I hope it will change in the future 'cause I like the software very much.

Amy 2008-11-10 05:41

Yeah, After they hit 0.9 they went down hill. I started using smplayer, and it seems to be good.

a 2008-11-18 12:50

Au contraire, I find 0.9 has much better support for FLV files. I just tested a FLV video from youtube and VLC played it just fine. I think version 0.9 has vastly improved over previous versions, it comes with a better interface and better options. My complaint is that it still doesn't play .midi files, what are the holding back on?

Jeremy 2008-11-21 04:06

Thanks MasterBlaster. I'm running Vlc from .bat now and it leaves nothing in the C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data folder ;)

Jeremy 2008-11-21 04:11

Uh oh, looks like I spoke too soon. I was watching a .flv and "ml.xspf" was left in the application data folder

Andy 2008-11-22 11:25

Hey, Amy, go to the VLC website and re-download and re-install version 0.9.6, it seems they've picked up their little problem that was causing your files not to play (I had the same problem, when I intially downloaded the older 0.9.6 install file from filehippo.com instead of getting it from the videolan website), and they've now fixed the problem. Works fine for me now with the latest version.
Anyway, u should still try to update to 0.9.6, cos there are 2 critical security issues with 0.8.6 that can be exploited by hackers (now fixed in 0.9.6).

Scott 2009-05-10 08:06

To make batch file drag-n-dropable, change batch file to read:

start /D"%~d0%~p0" vlc.exe %* --no-plugins-cache --config=vlcrc

Also works if you make batch file registered app for file extensions (e.g. register as app for .MP4 extension, and any MP4s double clicked in windows explorer will open in VLC with portable settings).
Only tested on XP. Shouldn't work on 98 etc.

Bob Brown 2009-06-06 22:06

I've had nothing but problems with version 9. If you scroll thru a video it takes forever for the video to catch up to the audio. Videos play slugishly, dropping frames. I went back to version 8 and it works great.

cosmin 2009-07-27 08:15

not even the version at portableapps.com is truly portable.
on vista it creates a folder: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\vlc
I hate applications that insist on creating files and folders all over the place.

Hugh_H 2009-07-27 17:13

I've used VLC for a long time and I like it, BUT...
I've noticed that after I install it on a workstation (which I recycle often), I start seeing Explorer.exe "blow-up" with "unable to write memory..." errors, and if VLC is left running without doing anything, it tends to runaway with the processor, up to 50% of one core.
Also, VLC doesn't do H.264 and other HiDEF formats well as it doesn't use more than one core/processor (while Media Player Classic does).

I do like being able to change the play speed, and I use VLC because it plays some files that MPC does not (and vice versa), so in the grotesque miasma that the proliferation of media codecs has generated, you need multiple players to play most media (plus 100+ codecs loaded!).

a 2009-07-27 20:13

It's ridiculous ain't it? that's why and html tags are going to be nightmare for webmasters and users alike. Anyways the portable apps version is no bigger than 30 MB but it comes at a cost as my anti-virus is struggling to scan all these dll files that vlc is loading into memory. I no it's partially because it's been upx compressed, but I don't see why vlc can't just load these plugins as they are needed.

a 2009-07-27 20:16

Looks like some of my comment got scrapped. to clarify I was referring to "video" and "audio" html 5 tags in my first post.

a 2009-07-27 20:32

I can name 10 audio and video codecs that I'll actually ever come in contact with. I know the average user will likely be even less than that. If they ever wanna be a big contender for the average user, they should focus less on supporting every codec in the world and work more on usability and accessibility. but than again it wouldn't be VLC with a ton of codecs. Funny it still can't play midi files, not a big deal and not a big surprise either seeing as they just hit 1.0 version.

Edwin 2009-07-29 11:53

Not working in Windows 98se. Why neglecting it?

9xfan 2009-07-29 19:40

KernelEx 4.0 Final enables VLC 1.0 to run on Win98SE.

chuggo 2009-09-07 13:39

9xfan is incorrect. According to the videolan.org website for
Windows 95/98/Me, VLC 0.8.6 is the latest release with support for these operating systems.

Chris 2009-10-11 14:14

Actual version is now 1.0.2

bhavesh 2009-11-22 07:31

i m using vlc media player for multicasting purpose.
i want to make a batch file of that setting.

Anthony 2010-01-17 09:28

try this :-) .. http://www.allplayer.org

Wayne 2010-06-23 04:17

No, DO NOT try ALLPlayer. I just did (per Anthony's recommendation). The first movie I tried did not have any sound and did not display any subtitles. Maybe there were settings that needed adjustment (for those that have time). But why bother. VLC worked fine "out of the (virtual) box".

Invalid name 2010-08-09 13:30

"According to the videolan.org website for
Windows 95/98/Me, VLC 0.8.6 is the latest release with support for these operating systems."
um, maybe bcos videolan.org don't know about kernelEx? (disclaimer: I no longer have a 9x sys to tryout kernelEx)
google led to:
i wonder what kind of load/usage kernelEx adds to cpu, ram, etc?

freakazoid 2010-08-28 04:56

I hate the fact that VLC is becoming so bloated that it's now at 76MB!

I_am_in_love 2010-11-19 08:09

Does anybody know who the woman in the screenshot is? What a charming beauty!!!

webfork 2010-11-19 19:13

in love: I believe she was an actress on the original Law and Order series.

JohnTHaller 2011-02-03 15:47

Yes, VLC is up to 78MB, but VLC Portable is compressed using the PortableApps.com AppCompactor taking it down to 44MB including the 19MB of locale files. It's only 24.6MB if you install it English only, which is an option right in the PA.c Installer.

TT 2011-02-05 15:44

SMPlayer UPXs to 12MB and does everything VLC does, several things it doesn't, and needs no additional codecs.

webfork 2011-02-05 16:57

TT: SMPlayer does support more formats but VLC tends to be more stable, has broader software and hardware accelleration support, is actively updated, and plays better with some codecs. I use both.

FanSpastic 2011-03-05 23:54

I hate this version! John T. Haller needs to know that UPX compressing all the codecs (.dll files) is a very bad idea, and saves a negligible amount of space!

I was trying to set up VLC Portable for a non techie to watch a dvd and VLC took so god damn long to start up, I just installed the normal version and used that one. The reason: AVG *hates* UPX.

Here's a fix.

1) Install VLC Portable
2) Download Free UPX - http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2048
3) Uncompress all .dll files in VLCPortable\App\vlc
4) Uncompress all .dll files in VLCPortable\App
5) Whatever you do, do NOT uncompress VLCPortable.exe, you'll break it.

After that you're good to go.


FanSpastic 2011-03-06 00:13

PS. This probably affects a small minority of users so whatever.

No UPX = Start time: ~5 seconds, Size > 36 MB
UPX =Start time: ~4 minutes, Size > 26 MB

PS. You'll have to follow the above steps every time theirs an update. ;)


freakazoid 2011-03-06 02:15

@FanSpastic - I understand your problem. On my dual-core computer with 4GB RAM, it takes VLC Portable about 15 seconds to boot up, while other apps take about a second to load.


Paso 2011-04-02 09:59

@FanSpastic - Thanks man, VLC portable startup time on my Intel P4 was between 8-12 minutes, that's totally ridiculous and after unpacking less than 5 seconds...


carbonize 2011-04-05 17:36

Because it's a very powerful, very configurable media player and you do not need to mess with the preferences unless you really want to. Run program, drag file to be played on to player or is that to complicated for you?


nycjv321 2011-04-05 17:50

LOL I am baffled at users who make comments like "i'm baffled how this player still has users.. i guess lots of people are actually masochist." VLC is one of the best media players out there. It wasn't designed with windows setting portability in mind. Maybe you should keep that mind... before making ridicolous comments like that. If the startup is that bad maybe disable font caching as that takes a pretty long time to run or try another decent player such as mplayer.


Maicon 2011-04-09 03:12

I tried many players, and SMPlayer was the best for me.


Emka 2011-04-10 08:36

I, however, often encounter DVD playback und DVD menu problems with SMPlayer (as well as with MPlayer WW), and for me VLC is the only free software that just plays any DVD you throw at it.


Magibon 2011-04-13 06:33

i made myself portable versions of SPlayer, MPlayer WW, and PowerDVD because i dislike VLC's interface and video quality; it feels and looks unpolished.

I also downloaded PortableApp's SMPlayer, but it doesn't work for me; very rare that an app from PortableApp doesn't work. More than likely, it's the player itself that's causing the problem.

I use all of them, but in the end: i use VLC 99% of the time. I just wish the video quality was better and the interface wasn't so rough and rugged. If VLC fixed that, i could get rid of the rest.


Paul 2011-04-13 22:02

VLC Media Player v119 real nice update ..
very stable .. great sound
Runs perfect, so far .. on Win98 with Kernel-X 4.5
(all first impresions)


MnX 2012-07-02 05:47

Not a big fan of VLC, but sometimes you need a dependable portable player. This version (v2.0.1) runs great. I ran music and videos on XP, 7, and 8RP. No problems.


giulia 2013-09-23 15:56

it's not stealth create this folder ->c:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\vlc\


I am Baas 2013-09-23 16:34

VLC Media Player Portable is stealth. Tested on Win 7.64


giulia 2013-12-22 08:22

is there a way to delete unless languages under windows?
i tried the folders inside locale and languages
but when vlc starts ,it has all the language in the list


SYSTEM 2013-12-23 14:46

@giulia: If you want English, the installer of VLC Media Player Portable allows you to not install other languages.


Napiophelios 2014-07-26 16:06

Softpedia has VLC 2.15 for download but its not even on the VLC website...weird


Checker 2014-07-26 21:51


Mike.S.G. 2015-03-01 20:45

For those that use the .7z or .zip, it's @ v220 from VideoLAN
... http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html


Mike.S.G. 2015-03-03 07:43

VLC Media Player v220 is available @ PortableApps
... http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/vlc_portable


CornHolio the Gringo 2015-03-31 20:51

I never upgrade, before I got the faults a listed.

I still Use old VLC Media Player 1.0.5


v2.2.0 Rev 2

CornHolio the Gringo 2015-05-16 19:22

Now using v2.1.2 with no problems on my XP-system and my Win7-system.


MIKLO 2017-12-06 15:41

I wonder why they never made a 64 bit version and if it doesn't matter why do they call this a 32 bit version? I mean after all its been around a very long time. I'm jus sayin :)



lastaltoid 2017-12-07 04:59

They have made 64 bit versions - they're just hard to find!
Pick your flavor from the drop-down menu: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html
Or get it direct: https://get.videolan.org/vlc/2.2.8/win32/vlc-2.2.8-win32.7z.
I have a program that relies on VLC's 64 bit codecs, so I had to search for it.


lastaltoid 2017-12-07 05:06

BTW, these (zip and 7zip) have been described elsewhere as 'portable', they do not require installation (unpack and run), they apparently still some files (including an INI) in user AppData folder. I have not verified that.


gbrao 2018-02-12 07:06

The file vlcrc in the 'portable' folder has this entry :

[skins2] # Skinnable Interface
# Skin to use (string)

VLC seems to accept relative paths (here at least). I have vlc_deepdark.vlt in the same directory as vlc.exe and it works OK.

Also with 3.0.0, no files/dirs left anywhere else. But creates a QT reg key :

I run vlc from a NSIS exe which deletes that key after VLC exits.


zorro 2018-02-12 13:18

..at least with "native skin" there's no QT-Key left behind - I just checked it. When activating alternative skins, the Key appears but can be handled with a batch or portable starter like gbrao mentioned.


zorro 2018-03-01 12:05

"Download the ZIP-Package" in description is a bit misleading: fuzzing around with the scripted download-button, you won't find a ZIP. At least I didn't find it.
Simpler: select "our FTP archive" under "older versions" (lefthand, underneath the small slideshow) - there you also find the newest versions as ZIP.


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