Some of the important features of the Open in VLC™ addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn't find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with Open in VLC™.
In short, Open in VLC™ Gives you the ability to open any link in a native VideoLan (VLC) application from within your browser.
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Right click on any link and then click on Open link in VLC.
You can open, watch or listen to live media contents as-well (if VLC supports the format).
Captures the link from any text within the page (for those links that are not like hyperlinks).
You can set the VLC path in your PC from the options page.
Available for all browsers and platforms.
This video gives you an idea of how the extension works in your browser.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Open in VLC™ addon?
Open in VLC™ is a multi-browser extension to enable you open a desired link in a VLC application. In order to operate with this addon you need a native-client patch to connect your browser with native VLC application (VideoLAN) in your OS. Please read the following to get more info on how to install and operate with this addon.
2. What is VLC?
VLC or VideoLan is a free and open-source media player, which can play almost any types of media file (audio or video). Moreover, it has the ability to play streaming music or video. As mentioned above, Open in VLC™ addon gives you the ability to open online media contents in your VLC player. Once you open media in external VLC application, the burden for playing the media will be placed on the VLC application and not the browser itself. This way, you can experience a faster, smoother and better browsing experience. Plus, while watching the media, you can still continue browsing in your browser.
3. How can I download the source code for Open in VLC™?
To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.
4. How to work with this addon?
When you first install the addon, please head to the options page and adjust the path for VLC. Depending on your operating system, the path to VLC could be different. For example, in windows 10 the path is: "C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe". Please re-check this path in your OS and make sure it is correct. Once you set the correct path to VLC in the options page, please install the native-client patch. This patch is used to make the communication between the addon and VLC (native app). Please read the following to get more info about installing native-client patch on your machine.
5. What is native-client?
Native client patch is used for connecting your browser (Firefox, Chrome and Opera) with native applications on your machine (Windows, Linux and Mac). If you have an add-on in your browser that needs to communicate with an external application on your computer, this native client patch can be used to easily make this connection.
6. How can I install native-client patch?
After installing the addon, you need to connect it with native applications (i.e. VLC) on your machine. In order to make this connection, a separate patch is provided in GitHub. Please download and install this patch from here. Follow the instruction in the GitHub page to download and install the related patch to your system. After installing, the "Open in VLC™" addon in your browser can communicate with VLC media player on your machine (Window, Linux or Mac).
7. Can I choose to open text content in VLC?
No, VLC is just a media player and cannot read or open text content. Please make sure to only open media contents (music or video) with VideoLan.
8. Why some media contents do not play in VLC media player?
There are many factors which may prevent online contents to play in VLC. For example, the VLC may not be able to capture the required codec(s). Also, some websites may not provide the link to video or audio directly. There might be a pre-step (i.e. clicking on a button or etc.) to generated the streaming audio or video and therefore, VLC wont be able to play the content.
9. Does this addon has any toolbar button?
No, this addon does not have toolbar button. The only way to access it is through context-menu item available in your right-click.
10. What happens if I click on non-link contents within a page?
When you click on a non-link item in a page, the addon automatically extracts the link content from the item and if it cannot extract the link content, it gives you an error message that VLC cannot be opened for this item.
11. Does this addon available for mobile browsers?
No, currently it is only available for desktop machines. But, in future, it may be released for mobile browsers as well.
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