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Portable VLC OS X is the binary distribution of the VLC video stream and multimedia palyer for Mac OS X packaged as portable application so you can take your preferences with you.

Portable VLC OS X is the VLC the video stream and multimedia player packaged as portable application so you can carry around with you on any portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive,memory card, other portable device (also on your internal hard disk) as long as it has 37 MB of free space and use on any Mac OS X computer, taking your preferences with you.



  • PortableVLC-1.1.5_r3.0.dmg (43.0MB) 32/64 bits for Intel-based Macs
    Requires OS X 10.5 and later.
    MD5: 471760a55f3e45884ec968295864720e

Old release:

ic_pappslionpatch.png Portable Apps Lion Patch This Patch will solve Mac OS X Lion 10.7 incompatibility of Portable Applications.

How to install

  1. Drag "Portable VLC OS X" folder to your portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive, memory card, other portable device (also to your internal hard disk) as long as it has 80 MB of free space.
  2. Clicking "Portable VLC" will open VLC from your portable device, wait a while before VLC start.
  3. If a local copy of VLC is running an alert window allow you to quit it.

Using your data

You can copy your user preferences to Portable VLC when "Copy preferences" window ask you. So, if you wish to use your bookmarks, history, preferences you already have on your system, just click "Yes" when prompt.


VLC application, preference file and folder are inside the bundle:
Portable VLC.app/Contents/Resources/app/

Remove file "Portable VLC.app/Contents/Resources/CopyPref_Done" to copy preferences next time you open Portable VLC.

VLC is packaged using the Platypus script wrapper from:

Support Forum

Post questions, tips, suggestions, clues, helps, bugs to our OS X Portable Apps support forum

Source code

Change log

  • 1.1.5 r3.0 (2010.12.14)
    VLC updated to 1.1.5 32/64 bits for Intel-based Macs.
  • 0.8.6d r3.0 (2007.12.07)
    VLC updated to 0.8.6d Universal.
  • 0.8.6a r3.0 (2007.02.01)
    VLC updated to 0.8.6a Universal.
    New shell script.
    Added a launchd agent to restore local preferences after a system crash.
    Growl style notification windows.
    Dialog made by CocoaDialog.
    10.4.2 OS X version check.
    Can't be launched on a locked volume.
    Requires OS X 10.4.2 or later.
  • 0.8.5 r2.0 (2006.05.07)
    VLC updated to 0.8.5
    PPC and Intel available.
    Script code cleaned up.
  • 0.8.4a r1.0 (2006.04.09)
    First public release.
    100% standalone.
    Preference are automatically copied if desired.
    Portable VLC ask to quit VLC copy already running.



Portable VLC.app is packaged using the Platypus script.
Dialog made by CocoaDialog.

Portable VLC OS X © 2006-2010
Carlo Gandolfi - http://www.freesmug.org
Paolo Portaluri - http://plus2.it/~paolo/

This software is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL.

VLC provided is an unmodified version of official binaries downloaded from www.videolan.org licensed under:

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