I just tried to play a Blu-ray disc and VLC says Your input can't be opened: VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd://E:\'. Check the log for details.

I have a disc in the drive!

  • Will it not play because my monitor is in 4:3 view or something?
  • What can can I use to play it?
  • Any simple programs?
  • Any quality software I can use now? Or is everything paidware?

I have an LG drive on an HP computer using Windows 7.

  • Have you tried BS Player? It does have a neat feature that when enabled it remembers last position of a video file.
    – Darius
    Commented Jul 14, 2012 at 22:42
  • Is it free without ads etc.?
    – verve
    Commented Jul 29, 2012 at 3:11
  • You can get free version and this comparison shows what you get for free.
    – Darius
    Commented Jul 29, 2012 at 6:03
  • If VLC can't play it there is something wrong. VLC can play almost everything.
    – Brandon
    Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 2:41

3 Answers 3


Yes VLC can play Blu-ray discs.

You will need to update the keys database and AACS dynamic library, both of which can be downloaded from http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/.

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    Will just updating to the latest VLC version work?
    – verve
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 8:18
  • That could work too, since they have just release some new updates for version 2
    – Jared
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 13:15
  • @Salmonerd I couldn't find the %APPDATA%/aacs/ folder?
    – RogUE
    Commented May 2, 2015 at 6:24
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    @RogUE You need to make it yourself
    – Tek
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 4:11
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    @D.Tate In which country? Personally I'm more concerned about right and wrong than legal technicalities, especially when it comes to copyright laws (they're a bit ludicrous in many places thanks to corruption). Do you think it's fair that you should be allowed to play blu-rays you have legitimately bought and paid for? I certainly do.
    – MGOwen
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 2:35

For legal reasons, AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys are not shipped in VLC. However, by doing some tricks, VLC can play Blu-Ray movies.

How to Play Blu-Ray with VLC in Windows 8/Windows 7 64-bit/32-bit: http://www.techisky.com/how-to/play-blu-ray-with-vlc-media-player-in-windows8.html

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    A summary of the link, please? It might break at any time...
    – vonbrand
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 7:11

I also met this problem before and find the answer later, which is because VLC can only support part of Blu-ray discs(non-commercial). It can do nothing to the AACS and BD+ protected BDs. So you need install a professional Blu-ray player on your PC. I have a small tool here http://www.macblurayplayer.com/how-to-use-blu-ray-player-on-win7.htm

Hope it helps.

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