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. 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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