VLC 2.2.3 fixes Resume feature

Martin Brinkmann
May 3, 2016
Music and Video

VideoLAN, makers of the popular media player VLC, have just released VLC 2.2.3 which can be best described as a bug fix release as it does not introduce new features to the client.

When it comes to features that I like in video players, resume may not be at the top of my list but it is a nice to have feature that I expect media clients to support.

While VLC Media Player did support resume for some time, the feature never worked properly whenever I tried it.

That's one of the reasons why I use other media players, SMPlayer to be precise. I was not the only VLC user who could not get resume to work and I even tried to install add-ons for the program that supposedly got the resume feature working but they too did not work properly or reliable.

VLC Media Player 2.2.3

vlc 223 media player resume

All of this changes with the release of VLC 2.2.3. If you check out the changelog, you find "Fix resume where you left off" listed as a change.

A quick test with video and audio files revealed that VideoLAN has fixed the issue indeed. VLC Media Player 2.2.3 displays "do you want to restart playback where left off" option as a small prompt in the player interface if the media file was played before in the player.

A click on continue jumps to the last recorded position and starts playback from there. The prompt disappears after a couple of seconds automatically, but you can also click on the close icon to close it right away.

vlc continue playback

If you have no use for the resume feature, you can disable it in the following way:

  1. Open VLC Media Player.
  2. Select Tools > Preferences or use the shortcut Ctrl-P.
  3. Under Interface, locate Continue Playback and uncheck the option.
  4. Click on Save.

VLC won't offer to start playback where it was stopped the last time the media file was played in the program.

As far as other changes in VLC Media Player 2.2.3 are concerned, they fix issues as well but most of them under the hood.

VLC 2.2.3 is not yet picked up by the program's update check feature. You can download the latest version from this page currently as the main frontpage of the project does not list the new release yet as well.

It is only a matter of time until the release is pushed to the frontpage and picked up by the update checker.

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  1. Elto D said on March 21, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I have VLC 3.0.8 and “resume” is not working.

  2. Rick Martin said on August 26, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    An update to my last comment: I have updated my vlc player to the latest version for linux 3.0.8 Vetinari and tried all previous suggestions to no use. Still the resume button remains for less than a second.

  3. Rick Martin said on August 26, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Same issue here running VLC 2.2.3 under Fedora 30 and the resume play button stays for less than a second. Tried all proposed workarounds:
    1. change interface to Qt
    2. Stop the video before closing
    3. Reset preferences
    4. Tried feature with multiple video formats
    I hope they find a fix for this

  4. Adam L said on September 14, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    I can confirm that VLC is still resuming playback after a Skype for Business call is ended, even if playback was paused before the call was received. from the perspective of this being a bug, this can be bothersome, when considering the issue still occurs when the playback has been paused for an extended period of time.

    VLC Version 3.0.3 Vetinari
    Windows 10 Enterprise 10.0.14393 Build 14393
    Skype for Business 2016 MSO (16.0.4639.1000) 32-bit

  5. Nunya said on September 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    How Do I keep the button to “resume playback” longer? … it disappears sometimes faster than I can notice it and click it!

    let it remain for 30 seconds. or even 10 but 2? really?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      I have the same issue; there is no option to change the time the resume option is displayed though.

  6. willy said on January 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

    They broke it again in 2.2.4.

  7. RobbyBobby said on May 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I must say I am disappointed in this latest release. Win7-64
    1. Green line present on bottom where it had been removed prior.
    2. Constant “oops- VLCP has crashed, do you…?”
    3. Got me quite flummoxed in a 100% usage scenario yesterday which showed 2 instances of VLC loaded in task bar (where “open only one instance” is specified in interface) and yet Task Manager/processes showed no VLC running.
    It only stopped maxing out cpu after I did a restart. Doing Malware bites scan and Panda AV deep scan had no results.
    4. Did a reinstall just now with 2.2.3 and same green line on screen.
    5. Will use player until it becomes annoying then use back up MP_HC. Please fix.

  8. Sam said on May 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

    The new version 2.2.3 has a bug whenever you run a rtsp stream you get an error and you have to restart vlc. not sure if the same bug happens with other streaming types

  9. S2016 said on May 5, 2016 at 12:21 am

    dude, I am trying to be forgiving and understand your broken English, but all you have written is mixed up, first of MPC (Media Player Classic) and MPC-HC (Media Player Classic – Home Cinema) are NOT the same player!
    MPC is a program written by Microsoft, so you can check the file properties for a digital certificate or signature by Microsoft.
    In one of the pictures and virustotal links there is verison media-player-classic- mentioned, this version is over 8 years old…-.- you must have downloaded a repacked/infected version, the real and official MPC-HC is found here: https://mpc-hc.org/
    Good Luck

  10. S2015 said on May 4, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    1. MPC-HC is also known as Media Player Classic. Personally, the site is offering an affiliate program. Yet, I could not find info about that. Meantime, you guys could learn sth from the following imgs I saved:
    * MPC-HC x64 vs. Media Player Classic
    * http://imgur.com/mLloE11
    (Info: Detected custom installer, named MediaPlayerClassicInstaller.exe; MD5, d633adc1f96a0b63962787dcc6d84eb7; https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/d1aa4b87aebcf2b3ad96bb8bd5e5b17a944cf5889689d1ba536a6092e73aeecb/analysis/1405890843/ )
    * its another product DirectVobSub was found during an adware infection.
    2. Be always aware search engine providers’ sponsored results and some downware/CPI powered download site such as this one@ phpnuke org, or your computer would be infected with junkware.
    ( https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/549d6625ef5de76c008b2164b7699259de295997d0b351359d55a9af7b0d5461/analysis/1462375547/ )
    3. One had also better learn how to perform a clean & custom install even you download an official setup file – this too helps avoid potentially undesired offers, foistware and such. For example, U can learn something from this Skype removal guide@ https://removeunwantedprograms.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/cant-uninstall-skype-windows-or-mac/

    1. S2015 said on May 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      I’m an idiot. do’nt mind my comments

  11. Lorissa said on May 4, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I could care less about the “resume” feature. What does bother me with VLC is that it doesn’t play many of the new mkv files being uploaded these days. I either have to use rebox (‘cuz it’s very fast) to convert them to mp4 or use MPC-hc64 to play them without issue.

  12. Steve C said on May 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    FYI I got VLC through Ninite a long time ago. As soon as I saw this I reran the installer and it updated to 2.2.3.

    I also use VLC on my android devices as the default player with no problems.

  13. Mike J. said on May 4, 2016 at 12:13 am

    My problem (other than ”Resume”, which I rarely need) is i can’t get VLC to stop repeating when a video ends.

  14. All Things Firefox said on May 3, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    It can be difficult to find the 64-bit version of VLC for Windows so here are instructions.
    Go to https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html
    Instead of clicking on the large “Download VLC” button, click on the dropdown next to it and select “Installer for 64bit version”.

    1. chesscanoe said on May 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      I’ve been playing with MPC-HC x64, SMPlayer, and thanks to you, VLC x64 version 2.2.3 . For my purposes, VLC wins in spite of being slightly more CPU intensive.

  15. John Krazinski said on May 3, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I think VLC got popular because it is “the best” player for Linux. But not for Windows. Like mostly everything for Linux, VLC has too many bugs and awfully slow steps releases. Over-complicated configuration.
    VLC is overhyped.

    The best player at present day: https://mpc-hc.org
    Steady, compact, plays everything, portable, comprehensive configuration.

  16. Paul said on May 3, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Still not working for me (64 bit version).

    1. rfcdvc said on May 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Also does not work in my updated 64-bit VLC

      1. chesscanoe said on May 8, 2016 at 11:11 pm

        The new 64 bit VLC Pause – Resume works well for me listening to a radio stream, or watching a YouTube video for example. It is the last installed player I installed, and the only player used since that install (on latest Windows 10 Home x64). Maybe you have a problem because you’ve used another player since your VLC install, and that accounts for your VLC failure when you returned to it to test Pause – Resume. Just a guess to account for your problem.

    2. Gene said on May 3, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      not working on windows 10 64 bit version

      1. All Things Firefox said on May 3, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        Works for me with 64-bit Windows 10, 64-bit VLC.

  17. Richard said on May 3, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    It would be nice if it just continured playback without asking if you want to do that. Until it does that I will prefer SMPlayer.

    1. Shane said on February 13, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      It would also be more useful if there was some way to bring it up again after it disappears, ever tried to get your cursor to it fast enough. I frantically try to click at the bloody thing and miss most of the time. Once it’s gone I can’t find another way to resume from where I left off. Bookmarking is only useful if you have the presence of mind and the time to do it.

    2. Karl said on May 18, 2016 at 5:40 am

      I just downloaded the SMPlayer…seems to function smoothly enough….but there is no automatic replay setting…like for example, when watching a repeating loop. At least the Windows Media player has that, as does VLC.

      Am I missing something here?

    3. Richard said on May 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Found the setting in –

      Tools > Preferences > “All” View (not Simple) > Interface > Main Interface > QT interface > Continue Playback? set to Always.

      If they worked a little harder they could really bury this setting :-)

  18. qwerty said on May 3, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I never personally had an issue with the “Resume” feature as it always worked for me (using Windows 8.1). All I’m hoping for is a resolve for those ugly green lines on the bottom and right hand side of the video.

  19. yoav said on May 3, 2016 at 11:09 am

    About time. This was a major reason for not using vlc.

  20. ilev said on May 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

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