How to disable Building Font Cache Dialog of VLC Player

by Venkat eswarlu on December 5, 2010

in How to,tips and tricks

Building font cache dialog box of VLC Media Player thumb How to disable Building Font Cache Dialog of VLC Player

We’ve covered the purpose of Building Font Cache dialog box shown by VLC Player that appears whenever you try to play a media file, this turns out to be annoying for everyone. VLC only rebuilds font cache file to display subtitles in videos. Let us take a look at how to disable Building font Cache dialog of this open-source media Player.

Videolan Finally Removes Annoying Font Cache in VLC 2.0.2 for Mac

Disabling Building Font Cache dialog of VLC Media Player

1. Open VLC Player, click on Tools Menu and select ‘Preferences’,

2. On the left pane at the bottom, select All as option to show under “Show Settings” ,

3. Now expand Video entry on the left pane, and select “Subtitles/OSD” option under it.

4. On the right pane, for Text rendering module choose “Dummy font renderer” and click ‘Save’.

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5. Re-open VLC player and try to play any file/stream with subtitles, annoying Building Font Cache dialog won’t appear.

Thanks to Manideep for letting us know about the solution.


{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Rajasekhar December 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Thanks a lot Manideep. really it’s very helpful to me.


fc42 December 18, 2010 at 12:45 am

Thanks so much for the fix. One more little annoying problem solved!


Raminder January 5, 2011 at 3:11 am

thnxx bro.,.,. :D :D thnku so much,.,.


tdec January 11, 2011 at 12:06 am

Thank you! I’ve never had the problem before recently formatting and reinstalling windows/vlc, and every time I’d open up a new file it would do this, so THANK YOU!!


sheba January 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm

it saved my time. thank you and good luck


gcat January 26, 2011 at 6:18 am

You deserve a gold star for this.


ned January 29, 2011 at 10:05 am

jst luvd this tip..cheers!!


Gerry February 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

My life is now so much better, thank you


Anasalikhan February 9, 2011 at 2:14 am

Thanks a lot Manideep and


Bob February 12, 2011 at 7:31 am

Genius. Thank you!


YiuKorochko February 25, 2011 at 6:27 am

Do you have any idea how many DAYS in my entire life you will have saved??


khjbkhbkhjb March 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

Thanks. VLC team is stupid for making this rebuild font cache everyday by default.


Alex March 14, 2011 at 4:00 am

Yea dummy should be default with software idk what vlc is thinking. Thank you!!!


YMMD March 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Thank you sooo much for this “trick”

I searched months ago to get rid of this annoying “building font cache” in vlc..
lot of people say to delete some pref. folder in the “appdata” folder…
and I had to do this every time..

But your solution is GREAT !!



Daniel March 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

Fantastic! I’ve been looking for this solution.


franco April 18, 2011 at 2:13 am

the suggestion was god. however, I did not have such a prolem until I have installed the latest (today) version 1.1.10. I followed strictly the suggestion, ut it was impossible to save the settings. So, I have removed this latest version and resintalled the 1.1.5., I have followed the recommended settings in this thread and it has been saved. Everyting OK now.
In my case, the bug has been fixed going to an earleir version.

Kind regards



cera May 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

not a good one…coz after doing so no subtitles cud b played…


Ela May 11, 2011 at 3:42 am

thanks a million..


nko12 May 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

Thank you SOOO much. Every single file it was doing this, and this quick simple fixed solved everything. Thanks!


pm June 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

nope, doesn;t work on mkv files. Think of something else.


Abhimanyu August 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Thank you very much……..was messing up frm long.Finally Done!!!


TebogoZa September 18, 2011 at 2:04 am

Thank you a lot, God bless you.


John_arr September 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

This doesnt work for me as I get this message: Cannot save Configuration:
Preferences file could not be saved


Rusty January 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Was really helpful. Thanx man. It was eating my brains lot of times.


Nathalie September 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

This doesn’t work for me anymore. It used to, but even though I changed it to “Dummy font renderer” and it’s being saved, that stupid dialogue box still shows up, and goes on loading forever. I have no idea what to do about this.


Venkat September 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

Which version of vlc r u using?, latest version already comes with it disabled by default


John Jason December 24, 2012 at 1:24 am

Now I can start my porn without waiting. Thanks!


John Comeau April 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Ah nope, disregard my first comment above.
Current date, Windows 8 Pro 64-bit using the latest VLC 2.0.6;
Using this method (Dummy font rendering functions), “building font cache” dialog still appears playing .mkv with .ssa subtitle embedded on video. And while you are in this settings, .srt subtitles and titles won’t show up on screen.


Venkat eswarlu April 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm

That’s strange!, but FYI Font cache for windows has already been removed from VLC 1.1.11 onwards which was said by Vidoelan’s Felix Paul Khune to me when I asked him in his blog.
If the above method doesn’t work nothing can we do except I suggest you to uninstall and reinstall VLC while uninstalling make sure you delete cache and other data as well.
And disabling font cache method has not tested by me on Windows 8 yet.


John Comeau May 2, 2013 at 2:26 am

Yeah really strange! Expecting this to be fixed on latest version but my system also a latest one and it’s a free app so that’s OK for me :P

I already did uninstalling and clear cache and data.

I just have to get rid of the “Building Font Cache” dialog until it plays video then everything’s okay. But when Font Cache dialog shows up again with other subtitle format, the video won’t play and dialog stays forever until I delete the CACHE-3 file on AppData folder so VLC creates another cache for the new video…

Just getting used to it. XD


bob December 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

not a good solution unless you are ok with disabling subtitles entirely, because that is what this will do.


Wolver January 1, 2014 at 8:47 am

that annoying font cache disappear forever thanks to ur post


Wen February 18, 2014 at 11:31 pm

thank you so much sir venkat! :D


Dan March 8, 2014 at 8:54 am

Doesn’t work for me at all. Still comes up when I try to choose subtitles.


Venkat eswarlu March 9, 2014 at 5:59 am

Which version of VLC player you’re using?


Venkat eswarlu July 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

It was fixed long time back by videolan, are you guys still getting it with latest version install?


Melody July 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Yes, VideoLan 2.x and up have this feature still, though I believe it only appears with .mkv and a select few other file types.

It’s really annoying when I’m playing the same file I played the last time it was opened. It’s like every single video has to rebuild font cache, and the above mentioned does not work. (It doesn’t completely disable subtitles either, so no worries on that)

Some time ago, VideoLan fixed it, then after 2.x (Not entirely sure which version) They brought it back, for some unknown reason. There are no other players that I’m comfortable using, so I’m stuck with this annoying ‘bug’ for lack of a better term.

I wouldn’t call it a bug if it made any sense, but I just tested it a couple of minutes ago by opening the exact same file twice, and sure enough (with the update I just installed tonight) it had to rebuild the font cache BOTH TIMES.

I’m not happy about this, but I really can’t find any other program that has an interface that isn’t completely hideous.

PS Don’t bother suggesting any programs. I’ve tried more than 30 programs that claim to support .mkv and none of them handle matroska nearly as well as VideoLan. I can deal with this major annoyance in exchange for viewing at the highest quality available, with perfect audio and video. (Poor subtitles, but you can’t win ‘em all lol.)


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