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VLC media player

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VLC media player (previously the VideoLAN Client and commonly known as simply VLC) is a free and open-source, portable, cross-platform media player software and streaming media server developed by the VideoLAN project. VLC is available for desktop operating systems and mobile platforms, such as Android, iOS and iPadOS. VLC is also available on digital distribution platforms such as Apple's App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store.

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VLC media player
Initial releaseFebruary 1, 2001; 22 years ago (2001-02-01)[1]
Stable release(s) [±]
Windows, Linux, & macOS3.0.18[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 29 November 2022; 10 months ago (29 November 2022)
Android3.5.3[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 3 November 2022; 10 months ago (3 November 2022)
ChromeOS1.7.3[4] Edit this on Wikidata / 23 December 2015; 7 years ago (23 December 2015)
iOS, Apple TV3.4.6[5] Edit this on Wikidata / 26 June 2023; 3 months ago (26 June 2023)
Windows (UWP)3.1.2 / 20 July 2018; 5 years ago (2018-07-20)[6][7]
Windows Phone3.1.2 / 20 July 2018; 5 years ago (2018-07-20)[8]
Written inCore: C
GUI: C++ (with Qt), Objective-C (with Cocoa), Swift, Java
Bundled Extensions: Lua[9]
Operating systemWindows, ReactOS, macOS, Linux, Android, ChromeOS, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, Xbox system software
PlatformIA-32, x86-64, ARM, ARM64, MIPS, PowerPC
Available in48 languages[10]
TypeMedia player
LicenseGPL-2.0-or-later with some libraries under LGPL-2.1-or-later[11][12] VLC for iOS (MPLv2.0)

VLC supports many audio- and video-compression-methods and file-formats, including DVD-Video, Video CD, and streaming-protocols. It is able to stream media over computer networks and can transcode multimedia files.[13]

The default distribution of VLC includes many free decoding and encoding libraries, avoiding the need for finding/calibrating proprietary plugins. The libavcodec library from the FFmpeg project provides many of VLC's codecs, but the player mainly[14] uses its own muxers and demuxers. It also has its own protocol implementations. It also gained distinction as the first player to support playback of encrypted DVDs on Linux and macOS by using the libdvdcss DVD decryption library; however, this library is legally controversial and is not included in many software repositories of Linux distributions as a result.[15][16] It is available on iOS under the MPLv2.[17]