How VLC Media Player Makes Money?

We all used VLC media player once in a lifetime, because of its popularity. VLC Media Player is very very popular due to free software and extensive support for different types of Media Files. It comes with no ads and premium subscriptions, which amazed me. I was thinking about how VLC media player makes money if they are not offering any premium plan or showing any ads. So, i started my research and came up with this blog post.

Before we dive into the ways VLC media player makes money, we should have a detailed introduction and history of VLC Media Player. So, let’s just jump right into it…

How VLC Media Player Makes Money?

What is VLC Media Player?

VLC Media Player is a very popular Media Player which allows every user to play any kind of media files like Video and Audio. VLC offers extensive support to media file formats from videos to audio, like MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3), AVI, ASF / WMV / WMA, MP4 / MOV / 3GP, OGG / OGM / Annodex, Matroska (MKV), Real, WAV (including DTS), Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52, Raw DV, FLAC, FLV (Flash), MXF, Nut, Standard MIDI / SMF, Creative™ Voice.

VLC Media Player is available for a lot of different Operating Systems. It is available for:

  • Windows
  • Windows Phone
  • MAC OS X
  • iOS
  • Apple TV
  • Debian GNU/Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • Linux Mint
  • openSUSE
  • Gentoo Linux
  • Fedora
  • Arch Linux
  • Kali Linux
  • Slackware Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Android
  • Chrome OS
  • FreeBSD
  • NetBSD
  • OpenBSD
  • Solaris
  • QNX
  • OS/2

You can go to the download page and choose your OS to download VLC for your system.

Along with extensive support of Media File Formats and availability, VLC Media Player is also highly customizable. You can create your own skins or install the pre-build skins made available by the community from the skins page.

History of VLC Media Player

The VideoLAN Software was originally launched in 1996 as an academic project by students of École Centrale Paris. It was initially build to stream media with help of satellite disks within campus.

Later of VideoLAN was launched as VLC Media Player and made public under GNU General Public License by authorisation of headmaster of École Centrale Paris in 2001.

The cone icon in VLC is a symbol of cones used by Traffic Police which were collected by École Centrale Paris Students Association.

How VLC Media Player Makes Money?

VLC Media Player is now come under VideoLAN which is a non-profit organization. VLC Media Player is build by a community of enthusiasts and intelligent mind who contribute without any payments.

VLC Media Player is not a for-profit organization that’s why they don’t show you ads or charge you money for any premium service. VLC is build and updated by a community of enthusiast programmers and designers who happily contribute to this project without charging anything.

Still, for maintaining servers, website and marketing they need money, for which they ask for donations. For more information checkout their donate page.

How VLC Media Player Makes Money?

For server and other stuff they have some generous partnership with certain big names like Free SAS,, Panasonic, Western Digital, Yubico etc.

Free SAS: Free S.A.S is an ISP in Paris that hosts the VideoLAN website and Provide Servers for VLC Media Player. is a popular registrar that provides domain registration service.

Panasonic: Panasonic Team helped VideoLAN to fix some major issues in VLC Media Player.

Western digital: Western Digital provided free wireless hard drives and storage system to VideoLAN.

Yubico: Yubico is a popular brand known for manufacturing security keys which helps the VideoLAN Organization to strong their security.

Here are some generous supporters/donators of VideoLAN:

How VLC Media Player Makes Money?
Screenshot of Donators section on [August 29, 2020]
You can also contribute to VLC Media Player in many ways, some are given below:

How VLC Media Player Makes Money?

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Abhishek Verma is a tech enthusiast and freelance tech journalist. He has been writing about technology for 4 years. He is passionate about every aspect of technology, especially Android. Abhishek’s articles have been referred by India Today, 360Gadgets, Times of India, MacRumors, AndroidPolice, AndroidAuthority, BGR, Zee News, and many more.


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