VLC Media Player Now Available on Chrome OS Too

December 22, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Project VideoLan has now got the missing pieces threaded together. VLC Media Player, one of the world’s most-loved media players, now steps on to Chrome OS to tick mark its support on all leading hardware machines and OS.

With VLC for Chrome OS, users will be able to play almost all kinds of media files, including MKV and DVD ISOs. The team assures that it won’t be missing out on any video or audio format that’s supported on other platform versions.


It will also carry forward features like auto-detection of subtitle files, media database like in the smartphone versions, playlist management and audio-control widgets, media synchronization and hardware accelerated media decoding.

VideoLAN has also retained the free licensing policy for the Chrome OS version, making its open source available for free under General Public License.

The arrival has now been made true with the recent announcement of Android Runtime for Chrome OS by Google, which lets developers easily port many Android-running apps to Chrome OS.

The VLC team explains that the delay in entry was due to lack of any such option available before. Previously, a port to Chrome OS would have required complete rework of the JavaScript by Project VideoLan, which they claim to be taking months of work involved.

VLC for Chromebook OS is expected to run smoothly on all currently devices, although with the developers testing it out only on two devices: Chromebook Pixel and HP Chromebook 14. Users are also recommended to have Chrome 48 version or the latest beta version installed to avoid any hiccup.

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