Download of the day: VLC media player

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The VLC media player is an open source and my favorite media player is out with a new version.


It is a highly portable multimedia player, encoder and streamer that supports many audio and video codecs and file formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various different formats.

It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

Supported oses:
=> Linux
=> Microsoft Windows
=> Mac OS X
=> BeOS
=> *BSD
=> Windows CE
=> Sun Solaris

Highly recommend even if you are using Windows XP.

Download VLC

=> VLC 0.8.6 download Link


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

7 comment

  1. this is the best media player that plays just about everything, the best is you can preview a download, before its all the way downloaded. way to go, get rid of windows media player, once and for all

  2. Hi,
    i am having difficulty in using the vlc player. my linux distribution redhat el5, and the vlc version that i used is vlc-0.8.6c-1el5.rf.i386.rpm. i used rpmforge-release- and yum to install the vlc. everything seems going fine during the installation. however when i try to play back some mpg or avi, it complained saying
    ** (.:4353): CRITICAL **: clearlooks_style_draw_focus: assertion `height >= -1′ failed
    [00000306] access_file access error: file /home/redhat/Desktop/1.avi is empty, aborting
    [00000313] access_file access error: file /home/redhat/Desktop/1.avi is empty, aborting
    [00000301] main input error: no suitable access module for `/home/redhat/Desktop/1.avi’
    [00000292] main playlist: nothing to play

    can anyone provide suggestion on solving this? something wrong with my installation or my vlc player configuration? sorry i am a linux newbie. Thanks in advance. 🙂


  3. guys it is not easy at all to download any of your stuff, i’m even thinkin of leaving linux kubuntu back to the xp. i worked better even with viruses. i cant play videos, audio. i mean come on whats with linux for humanity if im struggling just to download codecs.

  4. Dear Sir,
    Please let me know how can i use the VLC on CE 5.0. I downloaded the VLC installer.
    If i copy the VLC mediaplayer from program filesvlc and put it under the windows directory of my windows CE device, will it work?

    Your help is much appreicated.


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