I always used to open a new VLC window; go to "open file"...etcetera when I wanted to watch something because when I click on a file in Windows Explorer and chose "open with" or just clicked on the file or right-clicked to choose "play with VLC" it always opened in an old already used VLC window. Is there any way to get VLC to use a new one without always resorting to: Open VLC, "open file", find file etcetera?

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  1. Go to Tools > Preferences.
  2. Make sure that Allow only one instance under Instances is unchecked.
  3. Choose All at the bottom-left corner, under "Show Settings".
  4. Make sure that Allow only one running instance under "Performance options" is unchecked.
  5. Make sure that One instance when started from file under "Performance options" is unchecked.

Instruction 2 Instructions 4 and 5

  • This answer shows how to allow multiple instances, but it doesn't show how to open a second instance... can someone advise how to open a second instance of VLC? Jun 8, 2016 at 8:56
  • @L.D.James once you unchecked those checkboxes, just open two video files. By double-clicking on them, for example.
    – ocramot
    May 11, 2017 at 12:58


vlc.exe --no-one-instance

Reference: VLC command-line help


There either have been an update or my answer is Linux-specific:

You get to Preferences: "ToolPreferences"

Then you uncheck:

  • Allow only one instance
  • Use only one instance when started from file manager.

The next video you open will be in its own new instance.

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