Send to VLC (VideoLAN) media player

Send to VLC (VideoLAN) media player

Send media stream links from current tab to VLC (VideoLAN) media player

What is Send to VLC (VideoLAN) media player?
Send to VLC (VideoLAN) media player is a lightweight Chrome extension that allows users to send streamable media detected on a browser directly to their VLC media player for better viewing and listening experiences. The extension is designed to optimally utilize resources by running in the nonpersistent background mode, making it significantly lighter than similar extensions. Additionally, it offers customizable features like badge coloring for detected music tracks, and error message disabling for a smoother user experience.
By: unixeco
Users: 9,000+
Rating: 3.76 (33)
Version: 0.2.1 (Last updated: 2018-10-03)
Creation date: 2018-10-03
Risk impact: Very high risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
  • storage
  • tabs
  • nativeMessaging
  • notifications
  • contextMenus
  • downloads
  • <all_urls>
  • clipboardWrite
  • history
Size: 74.41K
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This extension observes network activity and offers "send-to-VLC" functionality when a streamable media is detected. This way you can watch media streams in your VLC media player instead of the built-in media player and use the power of VLC for watching or listening to media sources.

There are many optimizations performed on this extension to make it as lightweight as possible. For instance, the background page of the extension is in nonpersistent mode and hence the extension does not use any resource when it is inactive. Also, media detection algorithm does not demand usual observation and hence it is much lighter compared to other similar extensions.

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For more info on how the extension work or to browser some useful FAQs check:


  1. For the extension to be able to send media resources to an external executable such as VLC, a small native client needs to be installed. For more info please check the FAQs page of the extension
  2. Badge number that is shown on some pages refers to the total number of the detected music tracks (either audio or video requests). If you don't need this, go to the options page and disable the feature. Also you can change the badge color to increase or decrease its visibility
  3. As of version 0.1.9, it is possible to disable the "One Last Step" page. This will prevent the extension from opening this page in case an error occurs. Use this if you are 100% sure your setup is okay and you just want to ignore the errors.
User reviews
User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Chrome Web Store does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
  • Easy to forward streams to a media player
  • Quite beneficial for some users
  • Good quality
  • Requires many permissions
  • Does not support Windows version below 7
  • May not stream on VLC for some sites without loading
  • Could slow down browser
  • May consume high system resources
Most mentioned
  • Permissions required
  • Impact on browser speed and system resources
  • Challenges with streaming on VLC from some websites
Recent reviews
for sites which i usually watch movies is not streaming on vlc however to stream it on vlc you need to watch and load it first to the main stream sites please update thanks
by mavis lica mavis lica, 2022-06-29

by Forgio Wood (Forgio) Forgio Wood (Forgio), 2021-07-23

Ralentit énormément chrome qui devient soudainement un gouffre pour mon mac. J'espère que c'était un souci temporaire bientôt résolu. Par ailleurs, l'application n'a pas besoin de toutes ces autorisations (consulter toutes les pages, l'historique, les favoris,...) pour fonctionner. J'ai désinstallé et retrouvé des performances normales et une autonomie décente.
by Théo Simonet Théo Simonet, 2021-02-27
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Risk impact

Send to VLC (VideoLAN) media player is very risky to use and it requires a lot of sensitive permissions. Avoid installing this extension unless you absolutely trust this publisher.

Risk likelihood

Send to VLC (VideoLAN) media player has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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