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I love VLC but would love it even more if I could get the media library to watch a folder so it updates when new movies download. Is there a way to do this?

I'm on a mac.

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    May I recommend taking to the VLC forums for this, the answer may much quicker than here. – user88311 Jan 2 '13 at 16:39
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    I would, but the VLC forum is such a hideously designed mess that it is impossible to find any information there. – user909410 Jan 2 '13 at 21:25
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    You should just code the feature yourself – Jeremy Thompson Apr 28 '15 at 6:25
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At least in the Windows version of VLC you can play a folder. And it will automatically detect new files on file change.

To open a directory use either the menu Media -> open folder or the Shortcut. On windows it's Ctrl+F

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  • I just tried "Open Folder" with VLC 2.2.6 for Windows, and it didn't detect when files were added to the folder. Is there a trick to making it work? – Chad von Nau Aug 29 '17 at 21:29
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I've created a tiny open-source app for macOS and Windows called VLC Scheduler which does exactly that. It watches the folders specified in its configuration file (vlcscheduler.yaml) for new media files and adds them to VLC. Minimal configuration for macOS:

sources:
    - path: /Users/<username>/Movies/VLC/
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