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, nvlc, rvlc, cvlc the VLC media player

see also : qvlc - nvlc - rvlc - cvlc


vlc [OPTIONS] [ITEMS]...

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This manual page documents briefly the VLC multimedia player and server.


VLC follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (’-’). For a precise description of options, please use "vlc --help".

The complete list of VLC options depends on what plugins are installed because they automatically add their own options. Please use "vlc --longhelp --advanced" for a complete list of available options.


VLC recognizes several URL-style items:
*.mpg, *.vob, *.avi, *.mp3, *.ogg, *.opus

Various multimedia file formats

dvd://[<device>][@<raw device>][#[<title>][:[<chapter>][:<angle>]]]

DVD device (for instance dvd:///dev/dvd). The raw device is optional and must have been prepared beforehand.


VCD device (for instance vcd:///dev/cdrom).

udp://[@[<multicast address>][:<local port>]]

UDP stream, such as one sent by VLS or another VLC. Usually "udp://" is enough.

http://<server address>[:<server port>]/[<file>]

HTTP stream

rtsp://<server address>[:<server port>]/<stream name>

RTSP Video On Demand stream


Execute a playlist command. Commands are: pause (pause execution of other items), and quit (close VLC).

see also

Online documentation:


This manual page was written by Sam Hocevar <sam[:at:]zoy[:dot:]org>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

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