VLC Media Player released

Martin Brinkmann
May 13, 2017
Updated • May 22, 2018

VideoLan released VLC Media Player featuring fixes and security hardening for the most part today to the stable channel.

VLC users may check the version of the media player with a click on Help > About in the user interface. The version is listed directly on the page.

There is also an option to run a manual check for updates under Help > Check for updates.

You may use it to find out if you are running the latest version of VLC Media Player already, or if an update is available.


VLC Media Player is a bug fix and security hardening release for the most part, and replaces all previous versions of the stable channel of the browser.

As far as fixes are concerned, there are quite a few listed in the changelog, especially since VideoLan jumped straight to releasing VLC Media Player and not 2.2.5.

Here are the highlights:

  • Security hardening for DLL hijacking environments.
  • The plugins loading will not load external DLLs by default. Plugins will need to LoadLibrary explicitly.
  • Resume points are deleted now if the user clears the list of recent items.
  • Fix green line on Windows with AMD drivers.
  • Fix crash in screen recording on Windows.
  • Fix screen recording on Windows.
  • Fix mp3 playback regression on macOS and 64bit Windows leading to distortion for some media.
  • Fix vimeo, youtube, dailymotion, cli, appletrailers, http, soundcloud scripts.

You find the full changelogs of VLC Media Player 2.2.5 and on the official website.

The security hardening is particularly important, as it protects VLC Media Player and the operating system from so-called DLL hijack attacks. These attacks try to get software to load (specially prepared) DLLs from a different locations.

The bug fixes are situational, but if you have noticed issues lately while using VLC, they may have been addressed in the new release of the media player.

Note that the new version of VLC erases resume points, those that let you jump to the last position of a media file, when you delete the list of recent items.

Closing Words

Finally a new update for one of the most popular media players out there. If you use it, it is highly suggested to run the update as soon as possible to bring the player version to the latest.

Now You: Which media player do you use right now, and why?

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  1. Karl Peterson said on May 22, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I just upgraded VLC player and am NOT happy with what (they) did to it. Seems now that when a video needs to be “straightened” via the geometry setting……that when the corners are ‘cropped’ to make it look correct, doing so distorts the image terribly…the more the cropping that is needed, the greater the distortion, This is totally unacceptable. I deleted the updated version and reinstalled the 2.2.1 version I had previously. I can live with the “green line” and other minor annoyances.

    With the previous version, the only time that cropping an image caused distortion is when a “snap-shot” was made of the still image, and the image came out distorted…..oftentimes causing the player to crash if the cropping was too severe. I can live with that too.

  2. chesscanoe said on May 19, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    This is just a guess I have not verified: You have to “acquire” the images before you can see them by using a program like IrfanView. Sorry, no way for me to verify this is your solution, but you seem to want a fast answer….

  3. anton said on May 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I’ m asking for the second time, Why can I not view my MRI DVD on the VLC Player?
    I can’t get a straight answer from anyone. OS is Windows 8.1 64 bit. This is harder
    than a first time groom on his wedding night.

  4. Anton said on May 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Why can’t I view my doctors disk of my MRIs on my VLC player ? I’m not a stupid man, but getting a straight

    answer or any answer is harder than a first time groom on his wedding night.

    I also tried Pot Player and MPC-HC and

    neither worked. Windows 8.1 64 bit is my


  5. MPCHC said on May 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm


    MPC-HC is superior player and not a bloatware like VLC.

    Dunno why anyone would even recommend bloatware crap like VLC.

  6. Emil said on May 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve got to drop the Winamp name for audio here. Use the FFSox plugin and do everything through ffmpeg with it. 24-bit mp3 playback sounds great and the Shoutcast radio listings in the library are all I need.

    For video it’s mpc-hc plus ffdshow codec, it does gamma correction which helps the image so much and doesn’t seem to be available elsewhere.

  7. dwarf_tossn said on May 15, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Tried Potplayer, MPV, MPC BE, and SMPlayer. All of them, for some reason, cannot get the sound right when I use streamlink with any of these players. Either stereo setting was erroneously coming through in 3.1, or setting to 5.1 yielded a mono stream. Tried any setting I could change to no avail. Since they all use similar guts (MPlayer, MPV, etc), this isn’t too shocking, but it IS disappointing.

    Far as opening HTTP streams swiftly and correctly VLC wins every time. Sound and video always perfect (intelligently sets stereo or 5.1 mode as needed, when others apparently cannot). Potplayer opened streams nice and fast, but the sound was borked and nothing fixed it. A dealbreaker when ya have surround sound. I’ll hang on to MPV just because I like updating it with a powershell script! And OK SMPlayer too.

    Re: they look better….VLC can emulate that look with the right shader, I’m sure. Do I care for that look? Nah, it looked overly saturated using openGL-HQ setting on MPV, but to each their own on that.

    Summing up: Tried most of the players listed here. I’d like to switch to a lighter media player, but I can’t deal with unfixable, horrible sound. Sticking with VLC for now because it just handles everything I need *including* automatically great sound.

  8. karlen said on May 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    VLC sucks, can’t even play HEVC video.
    I just upgraded to this version but still not working.
    Media Player Classic can play it without problem.
    Not to mention it’s really slow to play video, when opening a video it always show ‘building font’ something.

    The only good thing with VLC is you can screenshot with the subtitles attached.

    1. asdf said on May 15, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      VLC plays HEVC videos w/o any problem.


  9. asdf said on May 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Besides building VLC 2.2.5 from the source tarball you can install it from the unofficial PPA (Ubuntu and its derivatives):

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/vlc

    sudo apt remove vlc vlc-nox

    sudo apt update && sudo apt install vlc

    To restore VLC media player to the stock version in your main repository:

    sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:jonathonf/vlc

    All credit goes to Ji m.

  10. scylla said on May 14, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I use VLC to display and record network streams and didn’t think that VLC had any competitors for that purpose.

  11. dark said on May 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Windows: MPC-BE+LAV Filters.
    Linux: SMPlayer+MPV.

  12. ankit said on May 14, 2017 at 3:50 am

    just use pot player once & u will become fan of it.

    1. Anonymous said on May 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Don’t use that spy.

  13. Nili said on May 13, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I use mpv on Linux. Previously used VLC, But when I discovered mpv, didn’t go back on other player.
    mpv makes things simple.

  14. Clairvaux said on May 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I use Foobar 2000 (audio only), because of the flac format. I’m not satisfied by it, though. It’s not intuitive enough. Too austere and too geeky.

    I also have VLC, but when will they get rid of that ridiculous trafic cone ? It’s ugly, tacky, amateurish, and totally disconnected from the program’s nature.

  15. Jeff said on May 13, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    MPC-HC or MPC-BE the best player ever!

  16. ilev said on May 13, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Index of /pub/videolan/vlc/ : https://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/

  17. didihu said on May 13, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    VLC is too slow….my choice is MPC-BE

  18. chesscanoe said on May 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    VLC sounds great on a high bit quality 320 kbps radio streaming station like https://www.linn.co.uk/radio . However
    http://www.streamlicensing.com/stations/hober/hober-start.html seems to sound and look best using the called player in EDGE.

  19. earthling said on May 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    found it: //download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/last/win64/
    the homepage doesn’t seem to mention it anywhere

  20. earthling said on May 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Damn, where did they hide the x64 version for Windows this time?!

    1. Billy Bob Bobston said on May 14, 2017 at 6:54 am
    2. Clairvaux said on May 13, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Very tricky. Sometimes it shows, sometimes it doesn’t. The download scrolling menu will sometimes show Windows / Mac OS / Linux etc, and at other times 7z, zip, 64-bit etc. I haven’t been able to find the logic to it.

      Also, I first tried to upgrade from within VLC, and that installed v.2.2.4. So I uninstalled completely and reinstalled from scratch to get

  21. iL said on May 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I’m using media player classic home cinema (mpc-hc) !!! The best

  22. Anonymous said on May 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    MPC HC as default for videos. VLC no thanks, my pc is not a building site under construction.

  23. zero said on May 13, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Eh, I don’t know why anyone would use VLC nowadays where there are quite a few better players available like MPC-BE/HC or PotPlayer. If you want something more simple and willing to spend some time reading the manual then MPV builds for Windows are a great choice, even with a single line in the config “profile=opengl-hq” you’ll get a better video quality then you’d get with VLC or some other players unless you use madVR with them.

    1. karlen said on May 14, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      VLC is great on android. It’s great player to play music and video without ads.
      Other free apps have ads. The alternative is Google Play Music but it is really suck, can’t even show cover art for music.

    2. Henk van Setten said on May 13, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      I guess many people may each have their own reasons.

      On my Linux PC, I use VLC because in that setting it’s simply the best for direct playback of all the WMV files I recorded from live TV during years of using Windows Media Center for TV reception.

      1. zero said on May 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm


        Yeah, I know about SMPlayer. Lack of proper GUI doesn’t matter to me but it matters to other people :)

      2. dark said on May 14, 2017 at 10:18 am


        You can use mpv in SMPlayer to overcome lack of proper GUI.

      3. zero said on May 13, 2017 at 6:13 pm

        Could be. But still, isn’t mpv a better choice on Linux in terms of quality/performance as of late? I don’t use Linux but I use mpv on Windows and it feels better than other players. The only real downside is the lack of a proper GUI (which includes Settings window).

  24. Yuliya said on May 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I like VLC :) My second most used program, after AIMP.

  25. Jucarl said on May 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

    My list:
    1- PotPlayer
    2- SMPlayer
    3- Media Player Classic

    1. dark said on May 17, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Windows: MPC-BE+LAV Filters.
      Linux: SMPlayer+MPV.

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