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Recently, I discovered that macOS’s built-in media player QuickTime that I use every day is not enough for me, because it can play not all video formats that I need. So I decided to install the VLC media player. In this article, I will show you how to install VLC media player on macOS :) Let’s begin.

Preamble

Some time ago I was needed the VLC media player, because it can play more video formats than macOS’s built-in media player QuickTime. For example, if you watch a movies downloaded from Torrent (I don’t, but many do) you may need to play a video in the MKV format. Also the WebM format by Google is becoming more common lately. In addition to these two formats I mentioned, there are many other formats that are less common but still come across in life. You can learn more about the capabilities of VLC media player on the official VLC website.

The VLC media player for macOS is not available in the AppStore, so we need to download it from the official website of the organisation that created it. All we need to do to get the VLC installation file is go to the videolan.org website, and download the DMG file to our Mac.

  • A DMG file is a mountable disk image used to distribute software to the macOS operating system. Today, software developers typically build and distribute applications for macOS as DMG. In other words, DMG files are containers for apps on macOS.

Let’s begin

Installation of VLC media player is a really simple process. For this, we need to follow few simple steps. Now let’s get started :)


Follow the link to the VideoLAN website. VideoLAN is the organisation that created VLC.


Click on the Download VLC button to start downloading the VLC media player installation file. It will downloads directly to our “Downloads” folder as an DMG image file named vlc-3.0.11.1.dmg.

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Install the VLC media player using the vlc-3.0.11.1.dmg file downloaded in the previous step. Double-click on the vlc-3.0.11.1.dmg file to open it.

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Drag the VLC.app icon to the Applications folder to install it.

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a) When done, close this small window called “VLC media player”.

b) In Finder, in the left side column find VLC media player and click on the Eject symbol to unmount the installation file vlc-3.0.11.1.dmg.

How to install VLC media player on macOS

Now you have installed the VLC media player.

How to install VLC media player on macOS

Click on the VLC icon to launch it, and when macOS ask you “Are you sure you want to open it?”, click on the Open button.

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Conclusion

That’s it, you’re done! Now you know how to install VLC media player. So simple isn’t it?

I hope this article helped you to learn how to install VLC media player on macOS. If this article helped you then please leave a comment :smiley:

Thanks for reading!