Devices and Mac OS X version
VLC media player requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It runs on any 64bit Intel-based Mac. Previous devices are supported by older releases. Note that the first generation of Intel-based Macs equipped with Core Solo or Core Duo processors is no longer supported. Please use version 2.0.10 linked below.
Older versions of Mac OS X and VLC media player
We provide older releases for users who wish to deploy our software on legacy releases of Mac OS X. You can find recommendations for the respective operating system version below. Note that support ended for all releases listed below and hence they won’t receive any further updates.
If you need help in finding the correct package matching your Mac’s processor architecture, please see this official support document by Apple.
The VideoLan software originated as an academic project in 1996. VLC used to stand for “VideoLAN Client” when VLC was a client of the VideoLAN project. But since VLC is no longer merely a client, that initialism no longer applies.It was intended to consist of a client and server to stream videos from satellite dishes across a campus network. Originally developed by students at the École Centrale Paris, it is now developed by contributors worldwide and is coordinated by VideoLAN, a non-profit organization. Rewritten from scratch in 1998, it was released under GNU General Public License on February 1, 2001, with authorization from the headmaster of the École Centrale Paris. The functionality of the server program, VideoLan Server (VLS), has mostly been subsumed into VLC and has been deprecated. The project name has been changed to VLC media player because there is no longer a client/server infrastructure. The cone icon used in VLC is a reference to the traffic cones collected by École Centrale’s Networking Students’ Association. The cone icon design was changed from a hand drawn low resolution icon to a higher resolution CGI-rendered version in 2006, illustrated by Richard Øiestad.
In 2007 the VLC project decided, for license compatibility reasons, to not upgrade to the just released GPLv3. After 13 years of development, version 1.0.0 of VLC media player was released on July 7, 2009. Work began on VLC for Android in 2010 and it is available for Android devices on the Google Play store since 2011. In September 2010, a company named “Applidium” developed a VLC port for iOS under GPLv2 with the endorsement of the VLC project, which was accepted by Apple for their App store. In January 2011, after VLC developer Rémi Denis-Courmont’s complaint to Apple about the licensing conflict between the VLC’s GPLv2 and the App store’s policies, the VLC had been withdrawn from the Apple App Store by Apple. Following, the VLC authors began to relicense in October 2011 the engine parts of VLC from the GPLv2 to the LGPLv2 to achieve better license compatibility, for instance with the Apple App Store. In July 2013 the VLC application could then resubmitted to the iOS App Store under the Mozilla Public License. Version 2.0.0 of VLC media player was released on February 18, 2012. A version for the Windows Store was released on March 13, 2014. Support for Windows RT, Windows Phone and Xbox One were later added. As of 2016 VLC is third in the sourceforge.net overall download count, and there have been more than 2 billion downloads.
Version 3.0 was in development for Windows, Linux and macOS since June 2016 and released in February 2018. It contains many new features including Chromecast output support, hardware-accelerated decoding, 4K and 8K playback, 10-bit and HDR playback, 360° video and 3D audio, audio passthrough for HD audio codecs, BluRay Java menu support, and local network drive browsing.
In December 2017 the European Parliament approved a budget that funds a bug bounty program for VLC to improve the EU’s IT infrastructure.
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