What are the best video players for Windows?

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    #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

    Timothy Stevens
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "I'm pretty sure that everyone knows about the VLC media player and how absolutely great it is to use. Practically everyone I know uses this player when it comes to media playback and for good reason too. It's free and it works great, and it is just an absolutely fantastic player! There's no surprise that this is #1!"
  2. 12

    #2Media 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

    Ethan Ruiz
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "It has "classic" in the name and I think it's a perfect name for it. This media player is truly a classic for me. While it may have a simple and a bit of a vintagey Windows 98 kind of vibe going on, I really dig this player since it can really do everything that it claims to be able to do. "
  3. 9

    #3DivX

    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

    Sarah Howard
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "This is a really hardcore media player and converter that has a lot of functions. It is sleek-looking and it really is as powerful as the developers claim it is. I love using it for all my video and media playing needs. However, the downside is that you actually have to buy it if you want to use it to its full potential. A suggestion of mine would be to lower the price a bit so it's more accessible to users, but other than that, this software is pretty much perfect."
  1. 8

    #4PotPlayer

    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

    Kevin Johnson
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "PotPlayer is a pretty good video player that really delivers in terms of quality and appearance. It is easy to use and it is also free to which is just marvelous for those of us who don't want to spend a lot of money for a decent player. This one I think rivals other popular media players for sure. "
  2. 6

    #5KMPlayer

    KMPlayer
    KMPlayer is a free media player that works for all kind of video files. It supports HD videos and 30 languages. It offers subtitle control, multitasking, playback supports and more basic and advanced features.
    Apps

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Jason Simmons
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "The KMPlayer is a really cool and functional player. I use it all the time and one of the main things that I like about it is that it can play a whole lot of different file and media types without any need to download extra files or programs. It's a great all-in-one kind of a player and that's really handy for the stuff I use it for like editing and watching. "
  3. 5

    #6Kodi

    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

    Melissa McDonald
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "The Kodi player is a really good all-around kind of video and media player that has all the basic functions you would expect, plus a bit extra. It has a really nice interface that I love as it looks polished and well-made. The thing I enjoy most about it though is that it is available on many different platforms like on mobile devices. Big plus for me!"
  4. 3

    #7Plex

    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

    Joe Bryant
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "Plex is a pretty good media and video player that is pretty good. I learned about this player from my son (who is much more tech-savvy than I am), and I was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked. It has a very smooth interface that is pretty intuitive to use and it is also great in terms of availability since it can be downloaded on many different devices. If you are looking for a player that is more than the basic ones, this is good option to check out. "
  5. 1

    #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

    Diane Morales
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "This is a video player that is simple and effective, and it is free as well so no complaints ffrom me there. I found it pretty basic, though, and I have to admit that although it has a lot of features, it is not my preferred software of choice. That's just personal preference, though, and I still think this player is a good one. "

Summary

Best What are the best video players for Windows
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VLC Media PlayerSoftware 15 Free
2Media Player ClassicSoftware 12 Free
3DivXSoftware 9 Paid
4PotPlayerSoftware 8 Free
5KMPlayerApps 6 Free
6KodiSoftware 5 Free
7PlexApps 3 Free
85KPlayerSoftware 1 Free
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