What are the best replacements for QuickTime?

asked by Dawn Bailey
309 contributors
18 solutions
  1. 31

    #1VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Jorge Luis Carrera
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "VLC media player has been the best media player out there for literally every format for years now, but somehow still flies under the radar. Literally if it's video or audio of anytime, it will gather the codec and be able to play it. I've yet to encounter anything it cannot play. Not only will it replace quicktime, it will replace every media player you have, it's simply the best."
  2. 30

    #2Plex

    Plex

    Plex is a free media server add-on developed by Plex, Inc. that is compatible with many devices, including Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Apple, Roku, Fire TV, and more. It is used for media streaming and organization.

    Apps

    Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

    Free

    Johnny Tran
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I bought a first generation Roku many years ago, but always just dealt with the selections available on the device itself. Little did I know! I finally got around to installing Plex and was almost immediately impressed by how easily it allowed me to enhance what my (now third generation) Roku could do. Highly recommended!"
  3. 28

    #3MediaMonkey

    MediaMonkey

    MediaMonkey is a music player that can sync your audio files to your device. It's a good choice if you got a large and rich music library. It has free and gold versions.

    Software

    Windows, Android

    Free

    Stephanie Stone
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "QuickTime doesn't play all types of files, and that was starting to get on my nerves. So I googled better alternatives to QuickTime, and the first suggestion I saw was for MediaMonkey. I read a lot of good reviews, so I decided to give it a try. It's free to use, so I had nothing to lose. After adjusting to the new interface, I can say with confidence I'm never going back to QuickTime again. MediaMonkey plays ALL types of files, so there's no more switching between media players anymore. I also like the skins feature, which enables you to change the interface and make it your own. Overall, I highly recommend MediaMonkey."
  1. 25

    #4mpv

    mpv

    mpv is an open source, cross-platform media player for Mac computers. This software features GPU video decoding and on-screen controller triggered by mouse movement. mpv can also be embedded into other applications.

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Billy Gray
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I needed a replacement software for Quicktime as I didn't want to pay for the full edition. MPV does everything QT does and it's free. Win, win for me."
  2. 25

    #5MplayerX

    MplayerX
    MPlayer is a free and open-source media player software. It is available for Linux, OS X, and Microsoft Windows. It's armed by FFmpeg and MPlayer, which means it could handle any media format in the world without extra plug-ins or codec packages.
    Software

    Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Aaron Patterson
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I must say that this is idea given how many times I have had issues with playing files! This solves many of my issues. Don't have to go fumbling around other inferior programs."
  3. 23

    #6Media Player Classic

    Media Player Classic
    Media Player Classic is a free and open source media player for Microsoft Windows developed by Gabest that allows users to play all common video and audio file formats. It is simple to use and has a small size as well.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Benjamin Phillips
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Great player and it never fails me like the old players would."
  4. 20

    #7PotPlayer

    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

    David Sanchez
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "A solid, feature rich media player. More robust and versatile than QuickTime. There's a ton of fiddly bits, though, which will make those who like to tweak happy, but might confuse everyone else. I like it. A lot. Highly recommended. "
  5. 19

    #8Elmedia 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

    Catherine Medina
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "If looking for an alternative to QuickTime, Elmedia is a great option. It can be used for many files that QuickTime doesn't support. I wouldn't say it's got all the fancy bells and whistles that other media players have, but it's very easy to use. I've been using it for over a year, and I haven't run into any glaring issues. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone."
  6. 19

    #9Windows 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

    Christian Hunter
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "It is recommended by me that you use this player. It is a default player but is probably one of the most up to date players and has a high comparability to work with all windows devices. I have this and been using it. The performance works well and I have no problems at all with it."
  7. 15

    #10MPC-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

    Ricardo Andrade
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I found some old videos on my previously corrupted hard drive. They could only play in quicktime but I don't have a Mac. Luckily, the video player MPC-HC can play quicktime videos."
  8. 14

    #11MPlayer

    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

    Janet Bailey
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "While I freely admit that the website looks a little sketch, the player itself is actually really useful and an excellent option if you're looking for something to replace QuickTime. It's free and intuitive to use, and works on pretty much any system."
  9. 13

    #12Clementine

    Clementine
    Clementine is a modern music player and library organiser. Clementine is a port of Amarok 1.4, with some features rewritten to take advantage of Qt4.
    Software

    Windows, Android, Mac

    Free

    Ralph Chapman
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I have not found anything that compares to Clementine. I can listen to many different music services and create my own playlists. I am eager to master the features this software has to offer and build my music library. "
  10. 12

    #13AIMP

    AIMP
    AIMP is an audio player only, created by Russian main programmer Artem Izmaylov and a staff of collaborators from Russia. It's freeware and it's available for Windows XP SP3 and newer. There is also a build for Android 4.x and newer.
    Software

    Windows, Android

    Free

    Andrea Gutierrez
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I like using AIMP. I like that it's free and works pretty well. I don't think it's a replacement for QuickTime as QuickTime has more functions. "
  11. 8

    #14Movavi 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

    Sarah Howard
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I was looking for a replacement for QuickTime and I found Movavi Media Player. I liked that it plays many different types of files, even lesser known formats. It is a great player, especially considering it is free."
  12. 4

    #15KodiTV

    KodiTV

    Kodi is a free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Nicole Payne
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Open source programs are always worth looking at. Kodi is obviously a better media player than Quicktime, but what isn't? Kodi is solid on its own, though."
  13. 4

    #16BSPlayer

    BSPlayer

    BSPlayer is a multimedia player for Android devices and Windows. Other than for music and videos, its subtitle search will find the subtitle for that film. Users can also open .SRT files for subtitles. 

    Apps

    Android, Other Platform

    $5.99

    Joyce Willis
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "This is a great option for Android users who need something that replaces Qucktime on their phone or other Android device. It covers the basics of other multimedia apps and supports multiple file types--but it has the added bonus of being able to decode video and even subtitles. I think that this is what places it over the edge when compared to similar Quicktime replacements. The price is a little high which may deter some people, but if you need a player that can decode videos and subtitles the price is a little more justified."
  14. 1

    #17Video Player for Android

    Video Player for Android
    Video Player for Android is a free multimedia player for Android devices that supports almost all types of video and audio formats, including HD videos. It also supports subtitles.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Terry Hunter
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "As I have not had good experience with QuickTime, I have been looking for a good alternative and this was a good one. This player supports all of the major video and audio files that you might need and the playback quality is great. "
  15. 0

    #18VX Player

    VX Player

    VX Player is a 4K Video Player application for Android devices. The high definition video player app supports almost all video formats, 4K videos, has a bass boost equalizer, auto screen rotation, video locker, and more.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Adeline Bullze
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "Video Player is a free HD video player with powerful functions. It is one of the best video players for Android devices to play videos in almost all formats. I love its video locker so much!"

Summary

Best What are the best replacements for QuickTime
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VLC Media PlayerSoftware 31 Free
2PlexApps 30 Free
3MediaMonkeySoftware 28 Free
4mpvSoftware 25 Free
5MplayerXSoftware 25 Free
6Media Player ClassicSoftware 23 Free
7PotPlayerSoftware 20 Free
8Elmedia PlayerSoftware 19 Paid
9Windows Media PlayerSoftware 19 Free
10MPC-HCSoftware 15 Free
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