VLC 3.0 Chromecast support

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 10, 2016
Music and Video

VideoLAN, the company behind the powerful cross-platform VLC Media Player, revealed on Wednesday that VLC Media Player 3.0 will ship with Chromecast support.

Chromecast is a device created by Google that allows you to stream media from a device to another.

While it is certainly not the only device for the job, Chromecast makes it relatively easy. Back when Chromecast was released, it was kinda complicated to get the device to stream local media to the TV though.

VideoLAN's announced is just a side note in a weekly "this week in VideoLAN" series that highlights what the company has been working on or doing in the past seven days.

You find the following information about Chromecast support under modules:

The Qt interface received the first renderers selection dialog. You should be able to detect your ChromeCast from this interface, and stream to it.

So, VLC Media Player 3.0 will detect Chromecast devices connected to the network so that it can be selected as the destination for the media stream.

The most likely scenario for support is that VLC will transcode formats on the fly so that any supported media file can be streamed to the Chromecast device.

VideoLAN did not mention any particular operating system which suggests that desktop versions of VLC Media Player will get support for Google's Chromecast device. It is unclear right now whether VLC for Android will get support as well, or if the feature is reserved for desktop systems for the time being.

VLC Media Player 3.0 is only available on the Nightly channel currently. Downloads are usually provided on this page on the VideoLAN website, but there are not any right now listed when you click on one of the supported operating systems.

It is probably only a matter of time before builds are pushed to the page.

It is unclear when VLC Media Player 3.0 final will be released. VideoLAN released an update for the current stable branch VLC 2.2.4 just this week that fixed two security issues in the player.

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  1. alex said on June 13, 2016 at 2:52 am

    And any idea how to cast to a ezcast dongle from linux?

  2. Bob said on June 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Martin,
    my cousin and want watch our church services on the T.V. via live stream.
    How is this done? What kind of hardware do we need?

    Thank You

    1. Andy said on June 11, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      I’m guessing you won’t need VLC for this. If it’s a live stream it should be played in the browser, which means you can play it in Chrome and then cast to the TV.

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on June 11, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Depends on the stream, how do you watch it normally?

      1. Bob said on June 11, 2016 at 5:53 pm

        Live Stream on-line.

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on June 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm

        Well if you can get it to play in VLC Media Player, then it should also work to stream it to the TV using the Chromecast device. Still, a bit early to tell as VLC 3.0 is not out yet.

  3. Raymond said on June 11, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Been promised this for over 2 years now. I appreciate VLC for what it is now and all the hard work that went into it but I would not expect this feature anytime soon

    1. Patrick said on June 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Right, there’s no real surprises with open source software, but its still really cool, another mark for VLC as the gold standard. Hopefully it’ll show up in nightlies before too long.

  4. Andy said on June 10, 2016 at 10:53 pm


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