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VLC 1.0.5, playing window

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Vendor: VideoLAN-Team

License: GPL
Web: videolan.org


The VLC media player (formally VideoLAN Client) is a portable free media player comprising a complete streaming solution by the VideoLAN team. It supports various audio and video codecs, DVDs, Video-CDs and several streaming protocols. VLC can also be used as a streaming server for unicast and multicast networks in both IPv4 and IPv6.

VLC can be embedded in almost all browsers with the "mozilla-plugin". It can also play media files directly in the browser. You can test it at the ZDF Mediathek website. This mediathek supports VLC natively.

Stability is a highlight of the program, which can play incomplete or broken media files (ie. incomplete downloads). In addition to having all the standard features of other video programs, several filters can be activated in real time. For example, you can watch a video which was recorded in a portrait format in landscape mode. It is also possible to apply color and audio filters.

Until version 0.8.x the GUI was based on wxWidgets. Since version 0.9.2, it's based on Qt. This results in better integration in KDE, but reduced integration in GNOME and Xfce). For more information see the VideoLAN Wiki.

Current Version

There are complete VLC media player packages for most openSUSE versions at Packman repository and VLC media player repository. Inform you about additional package repositories for Yast and their integration. You can also install VLC directly from the official website of the project.


VLC media player has been under development since 1999 by the VideoLAN team. The primary maintainers are students of the French school of engineering "École Centrale Paris" as well as developers from all over the world (USA, Netherlands and Germany). The main developers are Julia Ott and Matthias Kühl. The program is released under the GPL. Because of copyright reasons, there is no support for proprietary formats.

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