VLC Media Player 2.2 gets Addons Manager

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 23, 2014
Music and Video

Videolan, the company behind the popular program VLC Media Player are currently working on version 2.2 of the player.

While information are sparse at this point as to what the company will change, improve or introduce in the media player, one feature has been integrated already in the latest development builds of VLC: an Addons Manager.

As you may now if you are using VLC Media Player, it supports addons and plugins that you can install to improve the player's capabilities.

Add-ons can be installed from the official add-ons repository which you can find here on the Videolan website.

Installation requires you to download the addon, extract it, and move it to the VLC extensions directory where it is then picked up by the client.

The Addons Manager will be integrated into VLC Media Player 2.2 as it stands. The main advantage that it provides you with is that you can browse and install extensions for the media player directly from within its interface.

Here is how that works:

  1. Open VLC Media Player 2.2 on your system.
  2. Select Tools > Plugins and Extensions.
  3. Switch to the Addons Manager tab here. It is a new tab that is not available in earlier versions of the media player.
  4. Uncheck the "only installed" box.

You can use the search to find addons of interest, or select one of the available categories instead from the menu. The categories appear identical to the ones offered on the official VLC-Addons website.

Available right now are skins (themes), playlist parsers, service discovery and extensions.

While you find lots of themes currently listed here once you uncheck the only installed box, other types of extensions are listed sparsely only here.

When you click on an addon, you get options to install it right away or display more information about it. Installation works right away and you do not have to do anything other than hitting the install button in the Addons Manager.

This is more comfortable than the previous option, as it removes the need to manually move extensions into the right directory on your system.

It is not clear yet if the Addons Manager will display all available add-ons for the player, or if it limits the selection somehow. It can be that it only displays extensions that are compatible with the version of the player that you are running, which explains why there are not many listed right now by it.


The Addons Manager makes the management and installation of VLC Media Player extensions comfortable. It is likely that its integration will introduce more users to extensions which in turn may fuel more development as well.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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