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VLC Media Player for Mac3.0.16

29 June 2021

Popular multimedia player.

What is VLC Media Player for Mac

VLC Media Player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, OGG, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in VLC Media Player

Version 3.0.16:
  • Adds support for the TouchBar on modern MacBooks,
  • Fixes opening DVD folders with non-ASCII character names,
  • HTTPS support on Windows XP,
  • Addresses audio drop-outs on seek with specific MP4 content and improves subtitles renderering.
  • Adds support for OPUS and ALAC in the WAVE file format.
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VLC Media Player qualities

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5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0
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Aargl
Aargl
Jun 28 2021
3.0.16
2.0
Jun 28 2021
2.0
Version: 3.0.16
What do we complain about? It only took 3 years and nearly 4 months for v3 to be on a par with v2.2.8... ;-) v3.0.16 seems to have finally ironed out all the brand new bugs of v3.0.0. Well, I've already had a very strange bug where VLC seemed to suddenly try opening every system file it could find! :-o But except for that, after a few days trial, I can say all works ok! — not that I've found anything better in v3 compared to v2.2.8, but at least it works. :-)
Saneman1
Saneman1
Jun 12 2021
3.0.15
5.0
Jun 12 2021
5.0
Version: 3.0.15
This version isn't on the Developer site.
dbona475
dbona475
Jun 2 2021
3.0.14
3.0
Jun 2 2021
3.0
Version: 3.0.14
It's the best what I've found. I can watch everything I want. It's wonderful.
Septic Monkey
Septic Monkey
May 15 2021
3.0.14
0.0
May 15 2021
0.0
Version: 3.0.14
This is the only video player that doesn't turn the whole screen into green pixels. And, it's free !!!
chestmeto
chestmeto
May 12 2021
3.0.14
5.0
May 12 2021
5.0
Version: 3.0.14
It is one of the best audio-video players. Besides, it is very easy to use and so user-friendly.
ivryernest
ivryernest
May 11 2021
3.0.13
5.0
May 11 2021
5.0
Version: 3.0.13
I don't understand the "new feature" of MacUpdate
Tobias_m
Tobias_m
Mar 22 2021
3.0.12
5.0
Mar 22 2021
5.0
Version: 3.0.12
The best
Mcr
Mcr
Mar 19 2021
3.0.12
3.0
Mar 19 2021
3.0
Version: 3.0.12
MACUPDATE - the link you posted for the ARM version above has a typo it has a letter 'l' at the end after the 'dmg' https://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/3.0.12.1/macosx/vlc-3.0.12.1-arm64.dmgl AND it used to be possible to not leave a star rating if I just wanted to leave a comment, but now it looks like users are required to give a star rating?
Mcr
Mcr
Mar 19 2021
3.0.12
3.0
Mar 19 2021
3.0
Version: 3.0.12
version 3.0.12 Intel crashes on Quit on Mojave and Catalina, after playing any video, consistently (~50% of the time). posted a bug report #25403 on Jan 20....https://trac.videolan.org/vlc/ticket/25403 continuing to use 3.0.11
Rex
Rex
Jan 22 2021
3.0.12
3.0
Jan 22 2021
3.0
Version: 3.0.12
It seems to have updated to the Big Sur version but before I've updated the system and it doesn't run on Catalina. I haven't stopped using it. I've merely thrown away the old version before realising that the new version doesn't work
Mcr
Mcr
Jan 19 2021
3.0.12.1
3.0
Jan 19 2021
3.0
Version: 3.0.12.1
MACUPDATE please read. VLC is now available in separate Intel and ARM (Apple Silicon) versions, with DIFFERENT versioning schemes. The download you are hosting currently as of this date is the ARM version. As I"ve been telling MU for several months you need to come up with a system/policy for how to document and catalog Universal and/or ARM only apps. There a many Universal apps now, but if you look at the MAc Update page for them, there is no indication that they are Universal and requirements still say Intel-64. VLC is the first app I've seen that comes as separate installers, but logical to think more will come, for whatever reason a Universal app is not available (technical reasons, licensing, size of the executable, who knows). So come up with a system to handle this new world we live in, every day that goes by it only will get more confusing. Maybe that means separate MU pages for each platform in the case of VLC, or you need to host both versions and offer the user a choice which file when downloading. For apps that are now Universal, you need to indicate under requirements that they are universal, because there are users that may want to run native-ARM apps, if available (and if you own an ARM mac, why wouldn't you want to run native apps if available?). What would be great is a search filter to search for Universal apps
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jan 19 2021
3.0.12.1
5.0
Jan 19 2021
5.0
Version: 3.0.12.1
NOTE: v3.0.12.1 is specifically for ARM 64 ONLY. Don't bother downloading this version for Intel x86.
Aargl
Aargl
Jan 19 2021
3.0.12.1
2.0
Jan 19 2021
2.0
Version: 3.0.12.1
Intel version crashed on first quit... Back to 2.2.8 once again. :-(
Scion777
Scion777
Jan 19 2021
3.0.12.1
0.0
Jan 19 2021
0.0
Version: 3.0.12.1
MacUpdate ADMIN: system requirements changed - this won't run on Mac OS 10.13 !!!
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
Jan 19 2021
3.0.12.1
5.0
Jan 19 2021
5.0
Version: 3.0.12.1
@MacUpdate: this isn't your fault, because it's a stupid versioning scheme by the VLC developer team. Version 3.0.12.1 is the latest arm64 version, and v3.0.12 is the latest Intel version. If VLC have chosen not to synchronize their version numbers, then MacUpdate have to create two entries (pages) for VLC, one "VLC Media Player (ARM)", and one "VLC Media Player (Intel)". Thank you.
Mcr
Mcr
Jan 19 2021
3.0.12.1
3.0
Jan 19 2021
3.0
Version: 3.0.12.1
Be aware, if downloading your own installer, there are SEPARATE installers for Mac Intel and Mac-ARM (Apple Silicon, M1), rather than one Universal app that runs on both. If you have a mixed environment, you will want both installers. The Intel version will still run Apple Silicon, albeit in emulation Rosetta 2 mode, still fast, but not optimal
ivryernest
ivryernest
Jan 18 2021
3.0.12
5.0
Jan 18 2021
5.0
Version: 3.0.12
Le plus complet des logiciels pour video et audio. Et aussi, le plus professionnel. Merci beaucoup !
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jun 16 2020
3.0.11
5.0
Jun 16 2020
5.0
Version: 3.0.11
A Mac Essential. Occasional clunks and bugs show up. But for free, open source software, this thing is amazing. Just a few years ago, the Mac version of the VLC project was literally dead. Thanks and BRAVO to the brave coders who took up the torch and keep it burning!
Unblocktheplanet
Unblocktheplanet
May 28 2020
3.0.10
0.0
May 28 2020
0.0
Version: 3.0.10
I've been using VLC since its first release for all media playback. Unfortunately, VLC started to hang my Mac. This is the fault of Apple 'security' updates not VLC But until the problem is fixed by VLC, I can't use VLC or recommend it to others.
tumnuch86
tumnuch86
May 26 2020
3.0.10
5.0
May 26 2020
5.0
Version: 3.0.10
Masturbation Video
facthai
facthai
May 25 2020
3.0.10
5.0
May 25 2020
5.0
Version: 3.0.10
I've used VLC as my go-to for ALL my music & video files. This new version, 3.0.10, is the only one which ever gave me trouble. Probably a software conflict. But VLC hangs my MacOS 10.13.6 every single time, requiring a hard restart. Of course, tried all the usual tricks. No cigar! Still gets five stars, IMO!
Ahmicdf
Ahmicdf
May 19 2020
3.0.10
5.0
May 19 2020
5.0
Version: 3.0.10
It has been my "go-to" video app for a long time!
Aargl
Aargl
May 18 2020
3.0.10
2.0
May 18 2020
2.0
Version: 3.0.10
Being objective: for anyone discovering VLC, it's a great multi-purpose player. But for old users: v3 is not still on a par with v2.2.8! :-o I'm essentially having issues with my TV provider streams: - subtitles: way too big even with "Smaller" selected in the menu (ok, this was not much better in 2.2.8 as the menu options weren't working at all, but at least the subtitles had the right size ;-) ) - faulty streams or faulty recordings: it happens that some image is pixelated, v3 accentuates them and even stops playing audio while v2 plays them quite ok - v3 is very touchy when you're doing something else while watching TV, quirks might appear or audio might get interrupted — but Activity Monitor doesn't show anything particular. Considering I'm on MacOS 10.11 on a Sandy Bridge i3, my guess is VLC3 is hopefully behaving better on recent computers/OSes... Unfortunately, this time again, I've come back to old 2.2.8.
dan-16
dan-16
May 17 2020
3.0.10
0.0
May 17 2020
0.0
Version: 3.0.10
I've always used it for years on a PC. works well on the Mac too.
Aargl
Aargl
May 15 2020
3.0.10
2.0
May 15 2020
2.0
Version: 3.0.10
I'm going to be very very careful talking about this release: the bug that was present since version 3.0 (see my earlier comments) SEEMS to have finally disappeared, two years after the first release! :-o TV streams subtitles are usable but are very big, even selecting the smallest size. So, I will try to stick to this version, hoping I won't discover something bad later on, but I keep my 2.2.8 at hand... ;-)
DistrictDawg
DistrictDawg
Apr 5 2020
3.0.8
4.0
Apr 5 2020
4.0
Version: 3.0.8
One of the few apps I always download with a new device. It plays anything and doesnt use too much of my RAM.
rafabass05
rafabass05
Jan 18 2020
3.0.8
5.0
Jan 18 2020
5.0
Version: 3.0.8
muy buena esta aplicacion, es el mejor reproductor de videos para macbook pro...
johnnylemmer
johnnylemmer
Jan 4 2020
3.0.8
5.0
Jan 4 2020
5.0
Version: 3.0.8
Love it very much, can't miss it anymore
ocean442
ocean442
Nov 6 2019
3.0.8
3.0
Nov 6 2019
3.0
Version: 3.0.8
Used to be my nr 1 choice for video playing, but now I've chose Iina instead. Has a more Mac-like UI.
blancaberger
blancaberger
Oct 14 2019
3.0.8
5.0
Oct 14 2019
5.0
Version: 3.0.8
My old but loyal player)
DragonMaster
DragonMaster
Sep 8 2019
3.0.8
5.0
Sep 8 2019
5.0
Version: 3.0.8
Hell of a fine tool!
Aeschylus
Aeschylus
Aug 20 2019
3.0.8
0.0
Aug 20 2019
0.0
Version: 3.0.8
On their website: VLC 3.0.8 is the eight update of "Vetinari": Fix stuttering for low framerate videos Improve adaptive streaming support Fix WebVTT subtitles rendering Improve audio output on macOS &iOS It also fixes security issues: 13 issues, including 5 buffer overflows we fixed. 11 CVEs were assigned and addressed.
Spudfry
Spudfry
Jul 31 2019
3.0.7.1
0.0
Jul 31 2019
0.0
Version: 3.0.7.1
Broken in Mojave 10.14.6 - menu distortion & bad colour artefacting make it impossible to use menus while any kind of video is on.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jul 23 2019
3.0.7.1
5.0
Jul 23 2019
5.0
Version: 3.0.7.1
Just so you know: There is a pending security patch for VLC being developed. Theoretically, the security hole (CVE-2019-13615) can lead to a buffer overflow (the usual...). “'A remote, anonymous attacker can exploit a vulnerability in VLC to execute arbitrary code, create a denial of service state, disclose information, or manipulate files,' according to a release by German security agency CERT-Bund posted over the weekend."

So far, there are no exploits in-the-wild. But keep an eye out for a VLC update past v3.0.7.1.

ARTICLE:
VLC Media Player Plagued By Unpatched Critical RCE Flaw
https://threatpost.com/vlc-media-player-plagued-by-unpatched-critical-rce-flaw/146611/
poeaaron24
poeaaron24
Jun 24 2019
3.0.7.1
5.0
Jun 24 2019
5.0
Version: 3.0.7.1
My fav player!
Aargl
Aargl
Jun 12 2019
3.0.7.1
2.0
Jun 12 2019
2.0
Version: 3.0.7.1
If anyone is interested, I've found the Changelog page: https://www.videolan.org/developers/vlc-branch/NEWS
Dellsuxx
Dellsuxx
Jun 10 2019
3.0.7
5.0
Jun 10 2019
5.0
Version: 3.0.7
MacUpdate Is downloading wrong version 3.0.3! should be 3.0.7.
Aargl
Aargl
Mar 31 2019
3.0.6
2.0
Mar 31 2019
2.0
Version: 3.0.6
Well, let's face the truth: one year has passed since v3.0 and the bugs are still there... :-( Nothing has moved since I filed my bug 3 months ago, the least we can say is that the pace of development is quite slow. So sad, but I tend to use more and more VLC's rivals.
diamondrogue
diamondrogue
Feb 15 2019
3.0.6
5.0
Feb 15 2019
5.0
Version: 3.0.6
VLC has proven over and over to be the most versatile player I have ever used with the video and audio adjustment capability I have been able to use clips that would have otherwise been unusable. Thank you
Mcr
Mcr
Jan 15 2019
3.0.6
3.0
Jan 15 2019
3.0
Version: 3.0.6
Went back to version 2.2.8. I use a feature whereby if you place the cursor on the timeline bar, using the scroll button on mouse up and down will advance time forward and backward. In 2.2.8 the motion is smooth, and the increments predictable. In 3.0.6 it will work sometimes, then other times the time marker will jump randomly to a spot far ahead (or behind) what you would expect based on the degree of motion on the scroll, sometimes as much as 30+ minutes ahead or back, when at most it should have incremented a minute give or take (compared to 2.2.8).

This is a deal breaker for me, as I use this feature constantly to review short, specific clips over and over. I'm a little hard of hearing, so when I'm watching a video, often I miss something or can't make it out unless I hear it repeated a few times, so this feature to be able to quickly scroll back in very short increments is useful. Yes, I know you can click on the timeline bar, but the granularity is not as fine as using the scroll feature. For a 2 hour movie, clicking even the slightest amount on either side of the current time marker still results in a jump of several minutes or more, instead of seconds. This is on a Mac mini 2018 with the i7 upgrade, so I know it is not due (or shouldn't be) to CPU or video lag. it has been reported (actually had already reported it when 3.0.0 came out)
Aargl
Aargl
Jan 11 2019
3.0.6
2.0
Jan 11 2019
2.0
Version: 3.0.6
I encourage every VLC users here to report any issue at https://forum.videolan.org/
As VLC3 is getting better, I've filed my issue about .ts audio being out of sync: https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=147595
We can't expect using great freeware such as VLC without spending some of our time reporting bugs. ;-)
I suppose that when they have enough reports about a specific issue they focus on it...
This is the only issue I've found, but it's a fundamental one for my use case, so I keep relying on v2.2.8 until it's fixed.
Aargl
Aargl
Dec 27 2018
3.0.5
2.0
Dec 27 2018
2.0
Version: 3.0.5
Looks like 3.0.5 finally fixed every issue! If you were a v2 user, you HAVE TO reset the prefs to start anew, otherwise you'll have issues (mainly with subtitles). If you want your settings to be permanent, you MUST set them with no video loaded, otherwise they won't stick. There's only one issue left with subtitles: you can't set a colored background as permanent setting, only through the menu — which apply only to the current video. I bet you could manually edit the pref file to get it back, but I think I can live without that... ;-) Resuming playback position works with every format I've tested, so I don't see any reason to stick to v2, this time. Hopefully we won't discover new bugs...
Brooklyn-Al
Brooklyn-Al
Dec 27 2018
3.0.5
0.0
Dec 27 2018
0.0
Version: 3.0.5
Still showing version 3.04 upon download not 3.05.
showduke
showduke
Dec 6 2018
3.0.4
5.0
Dec 6 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.4
Logiciel indispensable pour lectures vidéos. Prend en charges tous les formats. En plus, il est gratui
Lumac
Lumac
Sep 22 2018
3.0.4
5.0
Sep 22 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.4
Plays allmost ALL videos without glitches and bugs and with ALL audio! I use this app since first release!
kolkataroy
kolkataroy
Sep 22 2018
3.0.3
5.0
Sep 22 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.3
excelent
L0xby
L0xby
Jun 10 2018
3.0.3
0.5
Jun 10 2018
0.5
Version: 3.0.3
3.0 is a total garbage fire of an update. Will most likely take another year before it reaches stable parity to 2.2.8.
Aargl
Aargl
May 31 2018
3.0.3
2.0
May 31 2018
2.0
Version: 3.0.3
VLC 3.0.3 is globally usable but the biggest issue I've found is with the colors for .srt subtitles: the settings for Mac rendering in the advanced prefs seem gone, while the subtitles menu finally works — which is a good thing — but it's not saved and you have to set it again on next launch... :-/ Enough for me to revert once again to good old v2.2.8.
George6
George6
May 31 2018
3.0.3
2.5
May 31 2018
2.5
Version: 3.0.3
how about the weird bug, that with some videos the fast forward step keyboard shortcut skips the whole video, while with some videos it steps just a second? to me v3 is a bit of a mess. it seems the vlc team is just concerned with techie nuts and bolts while terrible usability/ui bugs stay unnoticed. vlc always was the best player out there but now i'm looking out for alternatives.
davidvh
davidvh
May 30 2018
3.0.3
5.0
May 30 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.3
Great app. A must have for Mac owners. How does one get rid of the second play window in version 3? I've had to revert back to 2.2.8.
LeroyMorrison
LeroyMorrison
May 15 2018
3.0.2
5.0
May 15 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.2
A must have and the first install for me whenever I get a new Mac. I haven't been able to find a video format that it wasn't able to play.
Mcr
Mcr
May 14 2018
3.0.2
3.0
May 14 2018
3.0
Version: 3.0.2
Version 3.0.2 is still too buggy for me, IMO. Tried, reverted back to 2.2.8. At the rate this is going, it might be another 6 months before 3.x reaches the stability and usability level of version 2.
Aargl
Aargl
May 14 2018
3.0.2
2.0
May 14 2018
2.0
Version: 3.0.2
As I mentioned earlier, VLC 3.0.2 fixes a lot of bugs from v3.0, but some still remain like one I've spotted in the Video Effects window: cropping is behaving weirdly.
As it is a function I'm using a lot while playing movies on my 16:10 display, I've reverted once again to v2.2.8, hoping for the best in the next 3.0.3 update. ;-)
George6
George6
May 9 2018
3.0.1
2.5
May 9 2018
2.5
Version: 3.0.1
I must say since version 3 VLC is very buggy. A lot of small things are not working. Keystrokes get lost or mixed up, The same for Video Effects...
Aargl
Aargl
May 8 2018
3.0.1
2.0
May 8 2018
2.0
Version: 3.0.1
MU> VLC 3.0.2 has been out since 2018-04-23... http://www.videolan.org/news.html#news-2018-04-23 Says "More than 150 bugs were fixed since the 3.0.0 release"! I think I'll give it a (careful) try soon. ;-)
Scrivens
Scrivens
Apr 9 2018
3.0.1
0.0
Apr 9 2018
0.0
Version: 3.0.1
Getting a black screen during replay of some mpg and other files, but which work as normal under 2.2.8. Have totally deleted VLC 3.0 a couple of times and reinstalled in case it is a preferences or plist problem, but has made no difference. back to 2.2.8 for the time being. I've also had numerous crashes and hangs with 3.0x, which were almost unknown for me in any of the 2.x versions, so it looks like 3.x still has a way to go.
George6
George6
Mar 26 2018
3.0.1
2.5
Mar 26 2018
2.5
Version: 3.0.1
another bug is that if you move or delete a file which is on the playlist, vlc hangs forever and you have to force quit it. i reported that multiple times, but in vain...
OhEssex
OhEssex
Mar 25 2018
3.0.1
3.0
Mar 25 2018
3.0
Version: 3.0.1
I do like VLC, but it has a *really* annoying bug, and it's been there about a decade now. Many movies that contains a few foreign language scenes (but not all of them) do not display English subtitles during those scenes when viewed using VLC. DVDPlayer just works in that regard, and always has. The topic keeps coming up in the VLC forums and the developers (admittedly doing all of their fine work for free) haven't found the right motivation to fix it. Even very recent movies that contain such foreign language segments such as "Call Me By Your Name" simply cannot be viewed in VLC. So annoying...
Rikyman
Rikyman
Mar 4 2018
3.0.0
5.0
Mar 4 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.0
The new VLC Look is a welcome one, this is the best free multi-format app I know.
Macinman
Macinman
Mar 1 2018
3.0.0
0.0
Mar 1 2018
0.0
Version: 3.0.0
According to VideLan's site, version 3.0.1 is out. Has anyone tried it to see if any of the initial bugs are fixed? Since I haven't had a lot of problems here, I haven't noticed any big differences.
Mcr
Mcr
Feb 14 2018
3.0.0
3.0
Feb 14 2018
3.0
Version: 3.0.0
Hmm..a flurry of 'new' users to MacUpdate, all signing up on the same day Feb 12, giving 5 star reviews of VLC 3.0 but no other posts, only VLC. Resulting as of today, a 4 star overall rating for the current 3.0 version, which has OBVIOUS and glaring bugs and issues. Hmm..just say'in.

Head over to VideoLAN and review the bug list for 3.0 so far, you read some of them, and you say 'Really?..How did that not get caught in testing?" Don't get me wrong, I'm a VLC supporter (I have donated) and advocate, but boy, this 3.0 release has been / is really sloppy.
philip-kindred
philip-kindred
Feb 14 2018
3.0.0
5.0
Feb 14 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.0
Fantastic player! I have been using it for years. It works stable, supports almost all formats. 5 stars
robzein
robzein
Feb 14 2018
3.0.0
5.0
Feb 14 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.0
It is simply the best for all platforms!!!
mariemorton
mariemorton
Feb 12 2018
3.0.0
5.0
Feb 12 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.0
Perfect player, usually it is one of first apps I install.
shellyroddy758
shellyroddy758
Feb 12 2018
3.0.0
5.0
Feb 12 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.0
Super
allanowlin
allanowlin
Feb 12 2018
3.0.0
5.0
Feb 12 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.0
Great media player. Works on all the platforms! I have had this app for 5+ years already.
Aargl
Aargl
Feb 12 2018
3.0.0
2.0
Feb 12 2018
2.0
Version: 3.0.0
From the Changes list, there are a lot of under the hood improvements. In my regular use, I can only see one: a better support for stream subtitles customization (still has to be improved, but at least it's manageable). One great improvement I dream about would be to be able to navigate through the paused stream like what exists in EyeTV — currently, when you pause, you're only allowed to play back from where you paused or reload the stream to come back to present.
Stevencee
Stevencee
Feb 11 2018
3.0.0
0.0
Feb 11 2018
0.0
Version: 3.0.0
If it's updated to 3.0, then why when I just ran Check for Updates, did it tell me I have the latest version (2.2.8)???
Dr-David
Dr-David
Feb 11 2018
3.0.0
0.0
Feb 11 2018
0.0
Version: 3.0.0
Have reverted to VLC 2.2.8. Version 3 seems to have broken Universal Plug'n'Play on my local network. In 2.2.8 I can see the disc catalogue on my Panasonic DMR-BS880 (albeit taking rather longer than it should). VLC 3.0 eventually sees the BS880 but not the catalogue. If I double-click on the BS880 in the list, it sometimes accesses part of the catalogue. Maybe it is a time-out issue
Mcr
Mcr
Feb 11 2018
3.0.0
3.0
Feb 11 2018
3.0
Version: 3.0.0
Couple issues I ran into with Version 3.0
First, loses its file association to play MKV files, at least for me. Previously with 2.2.8, MKV files were set to open with VLC by default. After installing 3.0, that association broke, In Finder, double clicking on an MKV will not launch VLC. Right click on MKV file in Finder and select Open and Open With.. no longer show VLC as an app that can open MKV. Tried to reset file association using the two usual methods 1) In Finder, Open With then 'Other..', but in the Finder dialog window, VLC is greyed out as an app that can handle MKV, so you can't select it. 2) Tried 'Get Info' on a MKV file, select Open With, VLC gone from list of apps, then try Other... same thing, VLC is greyed out in the Finder dialog. Appears VLC is not registering itself with macOS as an app capable of handling MKV. I reported this to VideoLAN.

Second, when set to resume playing at previous time mark of a video when you last stopped viewing it, appears broke. It always jumps to the time mark saved when the video was last play in VLC 2.2.8. For example, let's saly you view a video in 2.2.8, and stop watching at the 20 min mark. If you reopen in 2.2.8 it will resume playback at 20 min mark. Open the video in VLC 3.0, jump to a different time mark in the clip, like the 40 min mark, stop. Reopen, VLC 3. 0 should resume at the 40 min time mark, but instead resumes at the 20 min time mark of when it was last opened in 2.2.8. Apparently when quiting, it is not refreshing the time mark of where you are at the video in the metadata it stores for each clip. So when you restart, it reloads the same time info from metadata that was never updated. Reported this one as well.

You know the old saying, be wary of .0 (dot zero) releases.
StrongTequila
StrongTequila
Feb 11 2018
3.0.0
1.0
Feb 11 2018
1.0
Version: 3.0.0
Yes, a problem with sound. Pause and do something else on the computer, then go back to viewing is not possible. Intermittent and jumping sound, you can only restart the view.
WalterJennings1300
WalterJennings1300
Feb 10 2018
3.0.0
5.0
Feb 10 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.0
I went back to 2.8.8, had issues with the sound when pausing a movie and then restarting it. Still the best player for the Mac.
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
Feb 10 2018
3.0.0
5.0
Feb 10 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.0
This is an awesome upgrade.. Apart from all the new functionality, v3.0.0 has greatly improved playback quality. Bravo.
Kewl
Kewl
Feb 10 2018
3.0.0
5.0
Feb 10 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.0
5 stars for in the new ability to decode Ambisonics audio!
Mac-Freak
Mac-Freak
Feb 9 2018
2.2.8
0.0
Feb 9 2018
0.0
Version: 2.2.8
vlc 3.0.0 out now https://get.videolan.org/vlc/3.0.0/
Macinman
Macinman
Dec 6 2017
2.2.6
0.0
Dec 6 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2.6
To MacUpdate Staff: videolan's site is now showing 2.2.8 as the version to download. I just checked this morning, so they've updated it.
Macinman
Macinman
Dec 2 2017
2.2.6
0.0
Dec 2 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2.6
I installed both 2.2.7, and 2.2.8 from this site, and haven't had any strange behavior like it was tampered with. I was also curious about why the Videolan site wasn't updated, but since I haven't seen anything weird and it's fixed issues i was having with 2.2..6 under High Sierra, I just kept 2.2.8. From what I understand when I checked into the matter from other sources, VideoLan isn't planning on a major VLC release until 3.0 is ready, so all these little updates just appear to be fixes.
siamlotus
siamlotus
Dec 1 2017
2.2.6
0.0
Dec 1 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2.6
According to this site 2.2.8 is a beta version : https://www.videohelp.com/software/VLC-media-player
Starman535
Starman535
Nov 30 2017
2.2.8
0.0
Nov 30 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2.8
I use vlc 2.2.7 It works great for me. I cannot find a vlc 2.2.8 anywhere - not on Sourceforge, not on Videolan's site. In fact, even VideoLan doesn't have 2.2.7, it has only 2.2.6 as its latest rev. This isn't the first app that MacUpdate said had an update, when MacUpdate installed an old version I already had. Something is fishy in all this, but I don't have a workaround.
vendor-1
vendor-1
Nov 30 2017
2.2.8
0.0
Nov 30 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2.8
How is this version newer than what's listed on videolan.org? That seems suspect to me.
patrickmoore85
patrickmoore85
Sep 9 2017
2.2.6
5.0
Sep 9 2017
5.0
Version: 2.2.6
VLC is always one of the first apps I install on a fresh Mac. It's a classic, must-have app for Mac users.
crew-jason
crew-jason
Jul 9 2017
2.2.6
5.0
Jul 9 2017
5.0
Version: 2.2.6
My favorite media player for all video files!
James
James
May 26 2017
2.2.5.1
0.0
May 26 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2.5.1
As of May 26, 2017 This program has been reported by MacLife to be a security risk that exposes devices to hacking. Given the date of the latest version, I am concerned that this issue still exists the the 12-May-17 update as I could not find anything related to this particular issue on the apps website. My plan is to uninstall my current version and put this app on the watchlist, then reinstall it when a new version that addresses this issue is released.
Albabe
Albabe
May 12 2017
2.2.5.1
0.0
May 12 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2.5.1
Newest Version no longer works in Mavericks.
Mcr
Mcr
May 12 2017
2.2.5.1
3.0
May 12 2017
3.0
Version: 2.2.5.1
DISREGARD the post from @jackjames9012 from April 3, 2017 below. The website he points to is a known malicious website that posts malware infected programs.
عالم السوفت
عالم السوفت
Mar 22 2017
2.2.4
0.0
Mar 22 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2.4
Vlc is the best, I support open source projects.
mariabeatty111
mariabeatty111
Jan 25 2017
2.2.4
4.5
Jan 25 2017
4.5
Version: 2.2.4
why would someone need a different player? it's free and works great
neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
Dec 31 2016
2.2.4
5.0
Dec 31 2016
5.0
Version: 2.2.4
Five stars of thankfulness just for the Santa Claus on its Dock icon at this time of the year.

Amazing universal player for pretty much any type of media file there is.
bpelka
bpelka
Dec 7 2016
2.2.4
4.5
Dec 7 2016
4.5
Version: 2.2.4
super
Libertyforall1776
Libertyforall1776
Nov 21 2016
2.2.4
0.0
Nov 21 2016
0.0
Version: 2.2.4
Needs AirPlay and Google Cast support.
Hanssen-P
Hanssen-P
Nov 5 2016
2.2.4
4.0
Nov 5 2016
4.0
Version: 2.2.4
One of the few media players that can playback about anything. I wish it had a good working and nice looking GUI. To be honest, its completely out of date and clunky .
Dellsuxx
Dellsuxx
Oct 25 2016
2.2.4
5.0
Oct 25 2016
5.0
Version: 2.2.4
Only universal player you'll ever need. Puts all others to shame with Its advanced features and continued updates.
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
Oct 9 2016
2.2.4
5.0
Oct 9 2016
5.0
Version: 2.2.4
Latest release version stops crashes when jumping in Windows Media Video (WMV) files and RealMedia (RM).

VLC remains the most useful non-problematic media player on the OS X platform and others — I also use it in Ubuntu — and most of the problems are of a nuisance character rather than show stoppers.

Of the new and old features of late that I REALLY appreciate is

-  Plays back 1080p+ material without skipping also on older hardware
- Supports hardware acceleration
- Can play back from optical drives OS X deems as invalid
- Always connects the proper naming of subtitles to the correct language and puts it in a menu
- simple to choose alternative audio devices
- The Media library function
- Supports X265 very well
- Remembers playback position
- Plays back partial files
- Plays back DVD titles fully without issues
- Supports many odd formats
- Easy to place full screen on secondary display
- Works well on Ubuntu and Windows as well as other platforms.


I'd love if video and audio extraction could work better. I haven't tried the network stream functions yet but it's great they are there.
mpx
mpx
Sep 29 2016
2.2.4
4.0
Sep 29 2016
4.0
Version: 2.2.4
Somewhat good alternative after MPlayerX died (malware, bugs, etc). But low on usability and buggy. It skips parts of sound when I change playback speed, can't play next file (episode) automatically (need to use playlist, which deletes on player close) and many more small things, making it's usage be a pain. Hope to find alternative
teofilakjbeddingfieldqpo7487
Aug 9 2016
4.0
Version: 2.2.4
Great!
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KatrinaKaif5792
KatrinaKaif5792
Jun 17 2016
2.2.4
4.0
Jun 17 2016
4.0
Version: 2.2.4
VlC is the best Free Mac video player I have used. Really love this app.
ybkr
ybkr
Jun 6 2016
2.2.4
5.0
Jun 6 2016
5.0
Version: 2.2.4
Thanks for the continuous development.
greenwayrod
greenwayrod
May 27 2016
2.2.3
5.0
May 27 2016
5.0
Version: 2.2.3
This player is irreplaceable if there is a need to play some special format files that other players just can't do. It has user-friendly interface and is similar to iTunes. Cool feature is to drag the video file into the application window and it's ready to play. VLC Media Player as well offers lots of customization options. It's preferences allow to manage hotkeys. Can't find any disadvantages so far. Good one, try and you won't regret.
NotUsed
NotUsed
May 5 2016
2.2.3
0.0
May 5 2016
0.0
Version: 2.2.3
Great player.. however.. ever since v2.2.0 this fails to display full video properly for me. v2.2.0 will display a full size file on my 65" tv without any issues... any newer version blurs or "streaks" the bottom 3-5" of display... same file... only difference is VLC version. Tried v2.2.1, 2.2.2, and 2.2.3 and all these newer versions are not true to the video.
Annie-Walker
Annie-Walker
May 4 2016
2.2.3
0.0
May 4 2016
0.0
Version: 2.2.3
★★★★★ I haven't said thank you in some time. Thank you for all the work, effort, skill and generosity that goes into each new release –– over ALL THESE YEARS‼️‼️ Your dedication and consistant commitment to the Apple Platform is nothing short of amazing‼️ And, you are soooooooo appreciated‼️ Annie
Free
4.3
0.0
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