Downloading and Installing VLC Media Player for Mac

VLC Media Player is available on several popular platforms. This free and awesome player is readily available for Apple computer users. The software is freely available for Mac OS X systems. Different versions of the player is required for a different Mac OS X version and the VideoLAN team has got it covered. Read the instructions below to understand how you will be able to install VLC in your Mac.

Downloading for Mac

Basically, you download a dmg package for your Mac computers from the following page:

You will see different download links for:

VLC for Mac OS X: 64 bit VLC dmg package download link which works for Mac OS X 10.6 and later.

32 bits Intel Mac: This dmg package is for 32 bit Intel Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users.

PowerPC Mac: Dmg package for 32 bit PowerPC Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users.

You will also see two web browser plugin download links. Those are for playing/streaming videos straight from your browser. The plugins are available for Intel Mac and Power Mac users. They require the OS X version to be 10.5 or lower.

Installing in Mac OS X

  1. Download VLC installation file from the location mentioned above (VideoLAN website).
  2. Locate the downloaded file which will be named something like vlc-2.1.0.dmg
  3. Open the file. After verifying the contents of the file, it will open.
  4. Click and drag the VLC icon to the applications folder. Release it.
  5. VLC will be copied to your applications folder.
  6. Double click on VLC media player (the icon with the cone). Provide it the permissions if your Mac computer asks for it. vlc-permissions-mac
  7. VLC Media Player will launch for the first time. Use it to play all your media with ease.vlc-media-player-mac

10 thoughts to “Downloading and Installing VLC Media Player for Mac”

  1. hi there! does this fantastic vlc app open .exe files in mac? i have an .exe video file that i need to open but am getting an error msg that says vlc “can’t open this file. check log for details.” unfortunately, there is no log ;( any suggestions?

      1. they are if they’re footage from security cameras. mine is 😉 it’s also a very large file because it’s has recordings from 16 camera angles for approx 1 hour each… so size may also be an issue. any suggestions? thanks!!

      2. one last thing… we were able to open the EXE through an app called “Clip Player” and both scroll through and watch all 16 camera angles. unfortunately, i no longer have access to that DELL computer so i’m trying to find a workaround using Wine, Winebottler, VLC to download the Clip Player app. Thanks again!!

  2. For years now Mac seems to be hostile to VLC. It can never be assigned as the default player and whenever a video is clicked on, a notice comes up saying “This is the first you are using VLC….etc.” Why???

  3. I have Mojave, and it won’t open, the window saying to drag it to the applications folder is the only thing that pops up, even after I’ve dragged it to applications. Please help…

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