Watch YouTube video directly in VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a universal player that can playback just about any kind of video, including YouTube videos (flv video) thrown at it.

The latest release of VLC (1.1) can play YouTube videos directly from a YouTube video URL, no need to download the video to your computer. Here is how to play YouTube video directly from VLC.VLC-Media-Player

Download and install the latest release of VLC Media player. Run the player and from the file menu select “Open Network Stream” [see screen shots below].


Paste the main YouTube URL (shown on your browser’s address bar) in to the ‘Please Enter a Network URL’ box [see screen shots below] and click play button.


By clicking the ‘Show more option’ [see screen shots below] you can increase the cache size of the stream, if the video freezes every few seconds.


The main advantage of this is that you can use VLC’s video and audio control (sharpness, brightness, color, contrast, etc) for the YouTube video. [via]

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.


  1. Shiva

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Hi, I am getting below errors:

    VLC can’t recognize the input’s format:
    The format of ‘’ cannot be detected. Have a look at the log for details.

    I have system configuration as: Windows Vista 64bit, VLC version: 1.1.5

    Can you please tell me where can I check the vlc log files.

  2. Siddharth

    Jul 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    hey.. great trick .. Let me try out 🙂
    Thanks for the share..

  3. Siva

    Jul 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

    do we can download these video via VLC after buffering?

    • Kannan

      Jul 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm

      Siva, I don’t think so!

  4. vector graphics

    Jul 3, 2010 at 8:03 am

    wow.. that is the best feature released by VLC. I will try it out.

    • Kannan

      Jul 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm

      Hi,thanks for reading!

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