Some of the important features of the Remote Player for 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 Remote Player for VLC™.
In short, Remote Player for VLC™ allows you to control VLC media player via an embedded player in browser toolbar popup UI.
5 Reasons to Use Remote Player for VLC™
Allows you to control VLC media player from within your browser toolbar.
A lite addon with no settings or options to adjust, works right after install.
Connects to VLC media player remotely via AJAX technology (no need to install a native-client patch).
Has commonly used playback control buttons within the toolbar popup UI.
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 Remote Player for VLC™?
Remote Player for VLC™ is a lite and multi-browser addon that helps you control VLC media player via your browser. Before using the addon please make sure VLC is running on your machine (PC/MAC). Then, open VLC media player and head to: Tools > Preferences > Main interfaces > Lua. Within the Lua interpreter UI, please find the Lua HTTP field and set a desired password in the password area (i.e. 123). Next, please open toolbar popup UI in your browser and enter the mentioned password in the designated area. This password is used to connect the browser with VLC media player (via AJAX technology). Once the password is set, you will see a simple player for controlling the VLC media player. Now, if you play a media (audio/video) in VLC media player on your machine, you have access to player controls (play, pause, etc.) via toolbar popup UI. For example you can play, pause the media or adjust the volume.
2. How to work with Remote Player for VLC™?
As mentioned above, in order to work with Remote Player for VLC™, you need to first set a password for VLC. Please open VLC media player and head to: Tools > Preferences > Main interfaces > Lua. Then set a desired password in Lua HTTP field. Next, open addon toolbar popup UI and enter the VLC password in the designated area. The addon will now be able to connect to VLC media player via AJAX. Please note, toolbar popup UI can control the player (i.e. play or pause the music) but cannot open a media file itself. You need to open any media file with VLC player on your machine. Once the media is playing, the addon can control the playback functions. This addon makes it easy to control VLC media player while you browse. Simply open toolbar popup UI and press on the playback buttons.
3. How can I download the source code for Remote Player for 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. What functions are available in toolbar popup UI?
Within toolbar popup UI, there are several playback control functions. From left to right, there is a play button which can be used to play or pause the song. Next to the play button is the progress bar which you can use to scroll the current song (back or forward). Right after the scrollbar is the time left for the current song. At the bottom, there are back, stop and forward buttons together with mute icon. Press on the mute button to mute the current song. The last function is the volume controller which can be used to adjust the volume. Please note, with this volume controller, you can set the volume to four times the normal volume. It is important to note that, if you press on any of the VLC player buttons, toolbar popup will also be updated simultaneously.
5. Do I need to keep VLC media player open all the time?
Yes, you need to keep the VLC player open all the time. As mentioned before, this addon is not a player itself; it is only a controller for the VLC media player. Without VLC player running, the addon wont be able to play any song.
6. Why do I need to set a password when the addon is first installed?
The password is used to connect the addon with VLC player. All the communications between the addon and VLC is done via AJAX technology and with the VLC password you have set.
7. Where is the location to set the password for VLC media player?
As mentioned above, the location is Tools > Preferences > Main interfaces > Lua > Lua HTTP. You can set any password there (numbers or characters). Please note that, you need to set the same password in the addon popup as well. If you change VLC password, please make sure to change the addon password too. Because the addon wont be able to connect to the VLC player without a correct password.
8. Are there any options or settings for this addon?
No, this addon does not have any settings or options to adjust. Simply open toolbar popup UI and start using the addon.
9. Is this addon available for mobile browsers?
No, this addon is only released for desktop browsers. In fact, it is only useful for desktop machines; mobile devices have a similar controller in the notifications area.
10. Can I play online media with this addon?
As mentioned above, this addon is not a player itself. It is just a remote controller for VLC. Whatever you play in VLC (including online content) can be controlled via this addon. Therefore, the main task is done with the VLC player and the addon can only control the playback functions.
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