a cross-platform, open source media player & streaming media server. Use this tag when having issues with playing, streaming, transcoding or otherwise using VLC's features. Consider pairing it with an OS or platorm tag (windows, linux, osx etc) if the problem is platform-specific

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VLC Media Player is media player/streaming media server by the VideoLAN project. It is a portable, free and open-source, and supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats. It is able to stream media and to transcode multimedia files between formats.

This tag should be used when using VLC command-line options, errors/crashes, enabling/disabling features, updating or issues with any of it's features, including but not limited to:

  • Playing Audio/Video
  • Streaming media
  • Transcoding media
  • UPnP Media Server hosting

and more...

Questions should also consider tagging with the appropriate platform or OS tag. VLC is cross-platform, and issues may be specific to a particular platform.


VLC was originally the client portion of the the VideoLAN project. The project, started in 1996, was intended to stream multimedia over a university network and consisted of a server and client.

In 1998 the application was completely re-written, the functionality of the server was rolled into the client and the project was renamed VLC.

VLC's development is coordinated by the non-profit organisation, VideoLAN.


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