What are the best alternatives to VLC Media Player?

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    #1Elmedia Player

    Elmedia Player
    Elmedia Player is a free media player that supports a wide range of common and not so common audio & video formats, including FLV, SWF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, M4V, MPG, MKV and more. 
    Software

    Mac

    $9.99

    Rachel Bowman
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "If you want to view media from obscure sources, this player is a suitable option. Its functionality seems slightly limited, as I've had issues with a couple of formats. Compared to the standard media players, though, you can do more with Elmedia. I'd recommend simply because it seems like one of the best options for the time being, but I will probably be looking for something a bit more developed down the road."
  2. 18

    #2Windows Media Player

    Windows Media Player

    Windows Media Player is a media player developed by Microsoft for playing videos, movies, images or audio. Also, it has a lot of other functionalities like copying music to compact discs, synchronizing content with a digital audio player, etc. It's the most popular and recognizable media player by Windows, but it's also available for other operative systems like MacOS. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Sophia Yi
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "Very simple to use. Doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but does its job."
  3. 14

    #3iTunes

    iTunes

    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

    Websites

    Free

    Judy Little
    Written on January 31, 2017
    "There are valid reasons to dislike iTunes though. The rise of Spotify and other similar services have made iTunes less useful or event obsolete. Another big issue is the lack of ownership in digital media. But perhaps most pressing of all is the fact that iTunes is bloated and slow."
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    #4MPC-HC

    MPC-HC

    MPC-HC is an open source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats available. It's one of the most famous media players but it's not available for any other operating system than Windows.

    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    Kathryn Rice
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "I have been using VLC media player for year but I recently felt like I needed to find a lighter alternative. I tried MPC-HC and I was not disappointed. It handles all of the video formats that I use and it has a simple intuitive interface."
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    #5DivX

    DivX
    DivX is a free video software offered by DivX, LLC. that can be used as a video player and which can be used to convert, create, and stream various types of media such as DivX, MKV, and HEVC up to 4K resolution. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $19.99

    Carl Ortega
    Written on February 13, 2017
    "I can never get VLC Player to work on my computer. Now I just use DivX instead, it's much better and more convenient. Plus, it actually works on my computer!"
  3. 10

    #6MPlayer

    MPlayer

    MPlayer is an open media player software developed by Árpád Gereöffy, who was unable to find satisfactory video player for Linux and decided to create his own. Nowadays, this program is available for all major operating systems.

    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    Brandon Carr
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "MPlayer is a fantastic player and I found it to be a bit more reliable than VLC. Some issues with videos simply can't be solved through VLC, but trying those videos in MPlayer seemed to work. It has a great user interface and is simple to use."
  4. 9

    #7Movavi Media Player

    Movavi Media Player
    Movavi is a free media player for Mac OSX that allows you to play formats like like MP4 or MOV and also many less common ones. This files includes  Windows Media Video (WMV) and dozens of other file types, like HTML5 video (WebM, OGV), RM, MTS, H.264 video, and more. You can also make it your player for audio files

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Paula Esparza
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "VLC Media Player is my go-to medial player, hands down. Movavi Media Player comes in at a close second. I like the interface and it plays videos and music well. I would definitely use this as an alternative to VLC Media Player. "
  5. 6

    #85KPlayer

    5KPlayer

    5KPlayer is a free (MKV) HD video player that can be used not only for playing video files, but it can also be used as a music player, AirPlay media streamer, and online video downloader.  It is available on different platforms as well.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Kathy Newman
    Written on February 28, 2017
    "This acts very much like malware by changing the default application for the handling of all media files to use 5kplayer without asking. Setting 5kplayer to launch upon login but not visible in the user list to remove. Intentionally making it very difficult to uninstall. "
  6. 4

    #9Kodi

    Kodi
    Kodi is a free and open-source media player that allows users to easily access digital media all through a user-friendly package. This is an open source and free-to-use player that is customizable and it runs on a wide variety of devices.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux

    Free

    Harold Olson
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "Kodi has been a fantastic resource for me to centralize all of my media for easy access. It provides a customizable interface that can be tailored to any user and runs on many different devices so your media can be played anywhere!"
  7. 3

    #10PotPlayer

    PotPlayer

    In a sector dominated by software projects that are 20 years old (Windows Media Player, WinAmp, VLC), PotPlayer goes toe-to-toe with them on features and versatility while providing a fresh, modern design sense and responsive controls.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Brian Marshall
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "this will work for the topic. Now is it the best of everything? I don't think so, but still a good place to go if you are looking."
  8. 1

    #11Nexus Player

    Nexus Player

    The Nexus Player is a home media player exclusively created for Android operative system. It allows you to watch movies, play Android games on the big screen, listen to the radio and enjoy your Android apps. It counts with an optional gamepad, but only for playing Android games.

    Household Items

    $89

    Kevin Gilbert
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "I gave this a try as an alternate option It is no Roku but there were many positives. The controls and layout are easy to understand. As of now, there are not enough channels without add ons. Hopefully as time changes, they can bridge the gap, but until then, I could not switch from Roku to this. "
  9. 0

    #12Flip4Mac

    Flip4Mac

    Flip4Mac is a media player for Mac which can play Windows Media files using QuickTime or web browsers. The software can also import .wma and .wmv files in QuickTime applications for editing and conversion.

    Software

    Mac

    Varies by plan

    Laura Montgomery
    Written on April 5, 2019
    "VLC isnt working on my Macbook Air for some reason, so this is a pretty good replacement especially for Macbook users like me."
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    #13Switch

    Switch

    Switch is a software for Windows and Mac which allows users to play and inspect media files, as well as export new files. The software is designed for media professionals and is easy-to-use and affordable.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Gary Daniels
    Written on April 5, 2019
    "If there's anything that can beat VLC, it's Switch. It isn't well known in some areas, but it's the best media player out there. It's intuitive and is easy to use. Plus, it's easier on the eyes than VLC LOOOOL"

Summary

Best What are the best alternatives to VLC Media Player
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Elmedia PlayerSoftware 20 Paid
2Windows Media PlayerSoftware 18 Free
3iTunesWebsites 14 Free
4MPC-HCSoftware 13 Free
5DivXSoftware 11 Paid
6MPlayerSoftware 10 Free
7Movavi Media PlayerSoftware 9 Free
85KPlayerSoftware 6 Free
9KodiSoftware 4 Free
10PotPlayerSoftware 3 Free
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