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Does VLC media player store the played files hidden somewhere? I share my computer with a fellow student and do not want him to see what I have been watching.

Is the history or files of what's played in VLC stored or logged anywhere on the computer?

I want to know if there is a hidden file somewhere that shows what I have been watching through the media player, and vice versa, show what my roommate may have been watching.

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Why aren't you using multiple accounts on the computer so you don't have to worry about information being shared? That's kind of the purpose behind having accounts. –  Bart Silverstrim May 22 '11 at 20:45
    
Use a portable VNC/browser from your flash drive? –  Zoredache May 24 '11 at 16:51

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There is a "recently used" list that is saved by VLC. And there are two answers for your question.

The "easy" way you are probably expecting: You can disable the behavior by opening the Tools -> Settings dialog, selecting the "Interface" section (would usually be preselected) and deactivating the "Save recently played items" option.

The "hard" way you should consider for your own good: simply set up a different non-admin account for your roommate on this computer, set up a complex password and never, under any circumstances, give it away to anyone else. Better yet, use EFS to encrypt all data in your profile directory - just in case somebody manages to get an administrative account on this machine.

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On Windows (7) the Recent Media list is stored in the %appdata%\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini file. Open it and look for a line that says [RecentsMRL]. You should see the list below it

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But, strangely enough this file is written everytime you open vlc. Effectively, the recent media is written somewhere else and is loaded when vlc is opened. –  Codera Purpa Dec 1 '12 at 20:30

In VLC 2.1.4 you will have to access the advanced settings.

  1. VLC menu
  2. Preferences...
  3. Show all (button, bottom left corner)
  4. ► Interface
  5. ► Main interfaces
  6.      macosx
  7. ☐ Keep recent items

How to hide VLC recent items

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