How to Play a Video with VLC media player Using Command Prompt

VLC is a popular software for playing various media files and streaming protocols. Apart from just streaming, the open-source program allows to convert videos to different formats, install plugins, add subtitles and do much more. If you are using a VLC media player in Windows computer, it is possible to play media files with VLC using command prompt.  

Running VLC with command prompt has many advantages. The command line reveals additional functions which you cant use in VLC graphical user interface. In this article, we explain in detail how to play a video with VLC using command prompt in Windows 10.

How to play a video with VLC media player using Command Prompt

VLC is a popular media player. Using command prompt it is possible to play video in VLC. Here is how to do it. 

  • First, make sure you have a VLC media player on your computer. You can download and install VLC media player here.
  • Now on your Windows start menu, search Command Prompt.
  • Right-click on Command prompt from the search results.
  • Click Run as administrator.
  • Now in order to make VLC work from your Windows computer, you need to know the extract location of VLC’s installation folder. By default, the Vlc folder will be in Program Files.
  • Go to VLC installation folder, right-click on it.
  • Click Properties and go to General tab.
  • Now copy the path next to the option Location.
  • Switch to your command prompt, and paste the exact location next to the cd command to change the directory. For example, if your path is C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC, type the following command in the command prompt. If you have installed VLC in another drive, replace the path in the following command Cd C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC
  • Now locate the media file that you want to play in VLC. 
  • Right-click on it and select Properties.
  • Go to the General tab and copy the location. 
  • Now switch to your command prompt and type Vlc followed by the file location Vlc file-path
  • Say if you want to play a media file on your Desktop named media.mp4, Enter the following command in the command prompt, Vlc C:\Users\user-name\Desktop\media.mp4
  • Now the VLC media player will open the media file and starts playing the video. 
  • Using the command prompt, you can manage hotkeys, add a plugin, save video wallpaper etc. To know the complete list of VLC commands to use on your Windows computer, type the following commands in the command prompt and press enter Vlc --help
  • The command prompt displays the command list which you can use in windows 10  and will be saved in a separate notepad file called vlc-help.txt on the VLC folder.

How to play YouTube video with VLC media player using Command Prompt 

Similarly, you can also play Youtube video with VLC using command prompt. Here is how to do it.

  • Go to VLC installation folder, right-click on it.
  • Click Properties and go to General tab.
  • Now copy the path next to the option Location.
  • Switch to your command prompt, and paste the exact location next to the cd command to change the directory. 
  • For example, if your path is C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC. Type the following command in the command prompt. If you have installed VLC in another drive, replace the path in the following command Cd C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC   
  • Now locate the youtube video that you want to play with VLC media player and copy the YouTube URL. 
  • Now switch to your command prompt and type vlc followed by the YouTube URL. i.e  Vlc YouTube video-url 
  • Now press enter and the vlc media player will start playing the YouTube video.
  • You can watch the video on full screen without distraction. To do that type the following command in your command prompt. Vlc youtube video-URL fullscreen 
  • Press enter. You will now be able to watch a video without the VLC widget and other interruptions.

That’s all there is to it. Did this article help? Write to us in the comments below.

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