How to Update VLC Media Player

by Venkat eswarlu on July 22, 2010

in How to,tips and tricks

If you are using the popular VLC Media Player, you can check updates for it from it’s help menu, it is always recommended to update to the latest version because newly released versions contain lots of bugs fixed over the older one. Let us take a look how we can update VLC Media Player.

The problem with this update method is VLC Media Player doesn’t support incremental update much like we used with the Browser like Firefox.

Updating VLC media player

1. Open VLC Player, select Help Menu and click “Check for Updates”

2. VLC Media Player connects to VideoLAN servers and shows if an update is available.

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3. If you click ‘Yes’ to downlaod the update, VLC asks for the path to save the downloaded file, show the path, if you have external download manager like IDM installed it will take over that download and saves the file to specified path.

4. Run the setup file,  since you’ve already VLC installed, setup detects and asks to remove the previous version before installing the new version, click ‘Yes’

VLCmediaplayernewversionsetup thumb How to Update VLC Media Player

5. Setup removes the older version and installs new one. While uninstalling older version, uninstaller shows the option to “delete cache and preferences”, don’t select that, these preferences will be retained in newer version.

So all your customization done to VLC player older version will not lost and they are saved in preferences.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Neo May 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm

by NEO on MAY 05, 2013

Hello dear VENKAT ESWARLU, your article and hints were so useful even after 3 years of you publication.

Thanks a lot and many blessings,
Neo from Italy


Venkat eswarlu May 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm

That’s because Vidoelan hasn’t changed the UI and options for their Player, if it stays the same in future this article will be still useful and valid.


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