Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: Feb 14, 2005
This manual page documents briefly the VLC multimedia player and server.
VLC follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting 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:
- <device>][@<raw device>][#[<title>][
- [<chapter>][:<angle>]]]:DVD device (for instance The raw device is optional and must have been prepared beforehand.:
- VCD device (for instance
- <multicast address>][
- <local port>]]:UDP stream, such as one sent by VLS or another VLC. Usually "udp://" is enough.:
- http://<server address>[
- <server port>]/[<file>]:HTTP stream:
- //<server address>[:<server port>]/<stream name>:RTSP Video On Demand stream:
- //<command>: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 plugin.:
- The directory containing VLC run-time data files (e.g. /usr/share/vlc).:
- 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 XDG_VIDEO_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 <[email protected]>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).