In my particular case on a Mac, I would like to dump several parallel Flash video streams. So the question is, how can I run several instances of VLC?
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On Windows, there is a setting under:
Tools - Preferences - (Show settings: All) - Advanced
Compared to the other solutions mentioned here (which might work for you as well, depending on your needs), I explain below a more "complete" solution to this problem. This will:
a) Open the desired media files/file types in a new VLC instance by default. (i.e. when you double click a file in Finder, or play it using a launcher app like Spotlight/Alfred)
b) Still show the VLC icon on these file types, like you are used to seeing.
c) Allow the drag-n-drop to open the selected file in a new VLC instance. (This might be useful if don't want to change the default "open with" action).
These are the the steps:
1) First, follow the steps given here: http://wiki.videolan.org/How_to_play_multiple_instances_of_VLC
-> As mentioned in the steps, make sure to save the file as ".app" or application.
-> I would suggest calling the file
2) Browse to
Now browse to
3) Now repeat this step for all file types (e.g: .avi, .mgp, .mkv, etc) you wish to be opened in a new VLC instance by default:
Select a file of the desired file type, say
4) Save a shortcut to the newly created
That's it! Hopefully, now you'll never lose a currently playing/paused video, when you want to open a new one without quitting the current one. :)
From the Terminal window you can open multiple instances of any application by doing:
In this command
For VLC do the following:
On OS X, the
By using the
Regarding PeterJCLaw response:
This didn't work for me perhaps as my factory settings (which are hidden here) were different. You can view these options and change them so that you CAN VIEW MULTIPLE INSTANCES by following these steps;
Tools > Preferences > Show Settings > All > Advanced > Performance options > UN-TICK ALL OPTIONS!
On the Mac, running multiple instances of VLC is not supported out of the box. You can follow the workaround given here,
If it's just a few instances you need, you can use the rather inelegant solution of duplicating the app a few times and launching all the copies.
(Though I'm sure there's a better way to do this.)
Assuming that you have a pretty recent version, and that VLC media player on Mac is similar enough to the Linux version (this is most likely) then you should be able to enable this via an option in the preferences:
Save preferences, close VLC media player and re-open it so that this change takes effect.