As a Mac user, you may have experienced the frustration of not being able to play certain video and audio files. Fortunately, the VLC media player is here to help. This free, open-source media player is available for all major operating systems, including Mac, and is capable of playing almost any kind of media file.
Here is a detailed guide on; how to download and install a VLC media player for Mac. If you have iPhone or iPad, then also you can install it. For that, follow the linked guide. You can also check out our guide on; how to install VLC Media on Windows 11.
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Features of VLC
Here is the list of some of the essential features of the VLC Media Player
Plays everything – Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices, and Streams.
Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed – MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3…
Completely Free – no spyware, no ads, and no user tracking.
Fully Customisable – Add skins, create them with the VLC skin editor, and install extensions.
How to Download the Latest Version of VLC for Mac
The first step in installing the VLC Media Player for Mac is to download the latest version of the software. For that, open any browser on your Mac and visit videolan.org.
It is the official website to download the VLC Media Player. To download, click on the “Download VLC” button, and it will download the latest version of VLC Media Player for your Mac.
If you want to download a different version of VLC for your Mac, then click the little arrow next to the button will show more options like –
VLC for Macs with Intel processors
VLC for Macs with Apple Silicon Chips
VLC for Mac (Universal Binary).
How to Install VLC Media Player for Mac
Once the download is complete, it’s time to install VLC on your Mac. For that, you can follow the steps mentioned below:
Step 1: Double-click the downloaded file, which should be named “vlc-x.x.x.dmg” (with x.x.x representing the version number).
Step 2: Drag the “VLC Media Player” icon into the “Applications” folder to install it.
Note:- You may be prompted to enter your Mac’s administrator password to complete the installation. Enter the password to begin the installation process.
Step 3: It will start installing VLC Media Player on your Mac device. The installation process may take some time to complete. Once the installation is complete, you’ll see a confirmation message.
Step 4: Once VLC is installed on your Mac. You can launch it from the launchpad and start using it. To play a file, simply drag it into the VLC window or select it from the “File” menu.
These are the basic steps for installing the VLC Media Player for Mac. With this powerful media player installed on your Mac, you’ll never have to worry about not being able to play certain media files again. You can also check our guide on; how to make VLC the default media player on a Mac.
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