Open in VLC™ media player

Open in VLC™ media player

Send audio and video streams directly to the well-known VLC™ media player

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What is Open in VLC™ media player?

Open in VLC™ media player is a specialized Chrome extension that facilitates a direct connection between browser-based video or audio links and VLC media player. With just a click, users can enjoy online streams through VLC, offering an alternative viewing method. The extension adds a context menu item, triggering the media player when media files are detected. For effective usage, a native client application installation is mandatory. New features also allow joining media files into a single output in WAV format, convertible in VLC.

Stats date:
Version: 0.3.5 (Last updated: 2023-07-30)
Creation date: 2019-10-19
Manifest version: 3
  • storage
  • contextMenus
  • nativeMessaging
  • webRequest
  • scripting
Host permissions:
  • <all_urls>
Size: 92.34K
Email: Click to see
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood

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Open in VLC™ media player extension, sends video and audio links to the well-known VLC media player. This way you can directly watch online streams in the VLC media player with just one click. To send these links to the VLC media player, right-click over the video or audio link and use the context menu item or use the browser action button. If the extension only grabs a single link, the link is opened in the player. If multiple links are detected, you will get a prompt box to select media links to be sent to the player.

Note: For this extension to work, you will need to install a minimal native-client application. Instruction on how to install the native client will be displayed once the extension is used. You can also watch installation instruction on the FAQs page

How to use this extension:

  1. The extension appends a context menu item to the browser context menu when the media element is the target.
  2. The toolbar icon becomes active (colorful) when a page is supported

As of version 0.2.0, there is a tool to join media files in a single media file. You can find this tool on the right-click context menu over the page action button. The output format of this tool is WAV. You can use VLC to convert this WAV file to any other audio format.

--- Legal VLC is a trademark of the VideoLAN organization. This extension is an independent project and has no relationship to the VLC team or VideoLAN organization.

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  • Useful for streaming files
  • Works well with Youtube videos
  • Can work with multiple media players including VLC
  • Doesn't work on Linux
  • Some issues with streaming multiple videos simultaneously
  • MKV file support removed
Most mentioned
  • Compatibility issues
  • Problems with newer updates
  • Context menu problems
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Risk impact

Open in VLC™ media player is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Open in VLC™ media player if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Open in VLC™ media player has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

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