Skip to main content

VLC launches on Chrome OS with support for all sorts of video & audio formats

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 8.11.05 PM

The developers behind the popular media playback software VLC have today announced that the app is now available on Chrome OS. The team explained in a blog post that Chrome OS was one of the last operating systems on which you couldn’t run VLC, so today’s release has been a long time coming for users of the operating system.

VLC on Chrome OS is just as powerful as the app is on other platforms. All video files that other apps support are supported on Chrome OS, including MKV and DVD ISOs. A plethora of audio formats are also supported, as well as subtilte formats, and a media database. Files can be played from services like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, iTunes, GDrive, and more, as well.

The full feature list is as follows:

  • all video files supported in VLC, including MKV and DVD ISOs,
  • all audio files supported in VLC, including FLAC and other weird audio formats,
  • subtitles files, from SRT to SSA and with auto-detection, when possible,
  • a media database like on Android and iOS to select the right medias, and resume playback,
  • playback of streams, local and on the internet, include adaptive streaming like HLS or DASH,
  • we also support playlists, accelerated playback, audio equalizer, audio/video synchronization and hardware accelerated video/audio decoding.

VLC for Chrome OS is available for download for free here. The developers say they tested the app on the Chromebook Pixel and HP Chromebook 14, so other devices may experience issues. The team recommends Chrome 48 or the latest beta version.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel



Avatar for Chance Miller Chance Miller


Chance currently writes for both 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, in addition to 9to5Toys.