VLC(1) General Commands Manual VLC(1)
vlc, qvlc, svlc, nvlc, rvlc, cvlc – the VLC media player
vlc [OPTIONS] [ITEMS]…
This manual page documents briefly the VLC multimedia player and
VLC follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options start‐
ing 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
optional and must have been prepared beforehand.
“udp://” is enough.
RTSP Video On Demand stream
Execute a playlist command. Commands are: pause (pause execution
of other items), and quit (close VLC).
The following environment variables may affect VLC:
The X11 display server address.
The HTTP proxy server URL.
The default audio output device, used by the OSSv4 output plug‐
The directory containing VLC run-time data files (e.g.
An extra directory to load VLC plugins from.
The level of verbosity for log messages (0: silent, 1:
error/info, 2: warning, 3: debug).
XDG_CACHE_DIR XDG_CONFIG_DIR XDG_DATA_DIR
The directories to store user cached data, user configuration
files and user data files respectively.
XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR XDG_MUSIC_DIR XDG_PICTURES_DIR
The directories to fetch or store user text files, downloads,
music, pictures (i.e. snapshots), and video respectively.
The unique identifier of the desktop session, used by the
PulseAudio output plugin.
Online documentation: http://www.videolan.org/doc/
This manual page was written by Sam Hocevar
Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
Feb 14, 2005 VLC(1)