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VLC File Extension

VLC Playlist
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What is VLC file?

Full format name of files that use VLC extension is VLC Playlist. VLC Playlist format was developed by VideoLAN. VLC files are supported by software applications available for devices running Android, Linux, Mac OS, Windows. VLC file format, along with 771 other file formats, belongs to the Audio Files category. VLC media player supports VLC files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 3 other tools may also be used. VLC media player software was developed by VideoLAN Project Team, and on its official website you may find more information about VLC files or the VLC media player software program.

Programs which support VLC file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with VLC files, divided into 4 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with VLC suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support VLC file

How to open file with VLC extension?

Problems with accessing VLC may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to VLC Playlist files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install VLC media player

Install software to open VLC file Problems with opening and working with VLC files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with VLC files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install VLC media player or one to the listed programs: VLC media player for Android. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit VLC media player website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of VLC media player and update if needed

Update software that support file extension VLCYou still cannot access VLC files although VLC media player is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that VLC media player cannot handle files with VLC may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using VLC media player.

Step 3. Associate VLC Playlist files with VLC media player

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate VLC files with latest version of VLC media player you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with VLC file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the VLC file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the VLC media player installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open VLC files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with VLC file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected VLC file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with VLC extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the VLC file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the VLC file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check VLC file for viruses
1. Check the VLC file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the VLC is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the VLC file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. VLC file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the VLC file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with VLC extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the VLC Playlist file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open VLC media player

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support VLC files. Close all running programs and try opening the VLC file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with VLC Playlist file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with VLC files affecting older versions of given software.

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