In VLC, is it possible to know the total duration of the Playing of a Playlist?

Playlist in VLC Media Player

I have looked around, in the settings, but didn't find anything.

  • No need to script or anything just a simple settings can show your total length of the playlist. See this post it have explained well and I found my solution here. Tutorial to show playlist total time
    – Darshpreet
    Nov 14, 2017 at 6:28

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In case you still can't locate it:

As of VLC version 2.1 for Windows and Linux, you can see the total playlist duration next to the playlist menu item on the left side-bar in the playlist view.

(I just spent a few minutes trying to find it!)

VLC version 2.1.2 on Win 8.1

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    Yes, upgrading works. On Ubuntu etc, need to do something like ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2014/02/…
    – Owen_AR
    Mar 8, 2014 at 13:10
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    As of VLC v2.1.5, the Mac version doesn't have this (running MacOS X 10.8).
    – Mei
    Feb 26, 2015 at 16:07
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    Mac OS: ibb.co/miofEG Jan 23, 2018 at 9:52
  • Fedora 36 doesn't have it.
    – Eray Erdin
    Aug 12, 2022 at 13:22
  • if left hand bar is missing, put the mouse on the far left and you should be able to drag it back out to the right. Just ran into this. Apr 6 at 2:39

Here is another VLC Player extension to display the total playlist duration: github: bentrevor/vlc-extension.

Once installed, on OS X, it works/looks like this:

extension for vlc player to see total playlist duration

  • Works on VLC 2.1.5 on OS X 10.7 Thanks!
    – Keyslinger
    Jun 19, 2019 at 21:18
  • Works with VLC 3 on ubuntu. Thanks ! Nov 28, 2020 at 8:12

This script may be of interest to you. It is supposed to enable total playlist time in VLC. Also worth a look is this forum post.

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