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How to Make VLC The Default Player

by Christine Smith • 2024-01-11 10:25:32 • Proven solutions


1. Playing with VLC+
  1. 1.1 Play Blu-Ray Movies
  2. 1.2 Play DLNA Content
  3. 1.3 Play Videos in VLC with Airplay
  4. 1.4 Play YouTube Videos in VLC
  5. 1.5 Play M2TS with VLC
  6. 1.6 Play MTS with VLC
  7. 1.7 Play M4V with VLC
  8. 1.8 Play MP4 in VLC
  9. 1.9 Play RTMP with VLC
  10. 1.10 Play ISO with VLC
  11. 1.11 Play AVI with VLC
  12. 1.12 Play WMV with VLC
  13. 1.13 Play MIDI with VLC
  14. 1.14 Play 3D Movies with VLC
  15. 1.15 Play AVCHD with VLC
  16. 1.16 Play Sopcast in VLC
  17. 1.17 FLAC Not Playing
  18. 1.18 MP4 Not Playing
  19. 1.19 FLV Not Playing
  20. 1.20 MKV Not Playing
  21. 1.21 MOV Not Playing
  22. 1.22 UNDF Not Playing
  23. 1.23 Use VLC for PS3
  24. 1.24 VLC Assistant
  25. 1.25 VLC Alternative
2. Convert & Stream+
  1. 2.1 VLC Streamer
  2. 2.2 Stream From VLC to TV
  3. 2.3 VLC Video Converter
  4. 2.4 vlc to mp3
  5. 2.5 VLC to MP4
  6. 2.5 Convert FLAC to MP3 with VLC
3. Editing with VLC+
  1. 3.1 Edit vidoe Using VLC
  2. 3.2 Rotate Video Using VLC
  3. 3.3 Cut Video Using VLC
  4. 3.4 Lopp Videos in VLC
  5. 3.5 Adjust & Sync VLC Subtitle
4. VLC for Mobile+
  1. 4.1 VLC for iOS
  2. 4.2 VLC for iPad
  3. 4.3 VLC for Windows Phone
5. Tips & Tricks+
  1. 5.1 Download VLC 64 bit
  2. 5.2 VLC Latest Version
  3. 5.3 Download VLC for Mac
  4. 5.4 VLC for Windows 7
  5. 5.5 VLC for Windows 8
  6. 5.6 VLC Skins
  7. 5.7 VLC Command Line
  8. 5.8 VLC as Default Player
  9. 5.9 Convert CD with VLC
  10. 5.10 Burn VLC Files to DVD
  11. 5.11 VLC Web Plugin
  12. 5.12 Remote Control VLC
  13. 5.13 VLC Shortcuts
  14. 5.14 Screen Capture with VLC
  15. 5.15 Sync VLC Audio
  16. 5.16 KMPlayer vs. VLC
  17. 5.17 MPC vs. VLC
  18. 5.18 MPlayer vs. VLC
  19. 5.19 VLC Old Version
  20. 5.20 Snapshots in VLC
  21. 5.21 Change XBMC to VLC
  22. 5.22 Is VLC Safe
  23. 5.23 Best Torrent Player
  24. 5.24 How to Control the Speed
  25. 5.25 VLC Player Doesn't Have Sound

The best way to make VLC Media Player the default player on your computer is to set it up that way during the installation itself. VLC Media Player, during the process of installation, asks you whether you would like to associate the different media file types with VLC or not. By default, all the file types are checked and it allows you to uncheck any if you want to.


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Though, if you have not done this while installing VLC Media Player on your computer but want to make it the default player now, you have come to the right place. We will be telling you how to do that in very easy steps and that too on Windows and Mac both. Ok, so let’s begin.

Part 1. How to Make VLC the Default Player for Windows

Step 1 Select the MTS File You Want To Play

make vlc the default player

Step 2 Select the Interface button on the left hand side and select Set up associations at the bottom.

make vlc the default player

Step 3 Choose the file types from the list that should have appeared before you now, that you would like VLC to be the default player for OR you can also go with the option Select All for associating all file types with VLC and hit Save to save these settings. With this you have made VLC the default player on your Windows computer.

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Part 2. How to Make VLC the Default Player for Mac

Step 1 First of all, find the kind of file you want VLC to be the default player for and right click on it. Select the option Get Info. In the section Open With, find and select VLC from the menu / drop down list. To ensure that this change gets applied to all similar files, hit the button Change All.

make vlc the default player

Step 2 For associating files on optical drives /media with VLC, for example CDs and DVDs, follow Apple > System Preferences.

make vlc the default player

Step 3 Select the option of CDs & DVDs from the section Hardware. Select Other Application from the popup menu option at the bottom that says "Open DVD Player".

make vlc the default player

Step 4 Choose VLC from the list and make it the default player for your optical media files.

make vlc the default player

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