Documentation:Modules/http intf

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Module: http
Type Control interface
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Last VLC version -
Operating system(s) all
Description Allows control of VLC over a http connection
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The http lua module makes it possible to Control VLC via a browser interface which can be enabled by going to Settings > Add Interface > Web Interface.

How to use

To use this interface as the primary interface, launch VLC with the parameter "-I http" or set http to be the primary interface via the preferences (see below for instructions). To launch it as a secondary interface you should launch VLC with the parameter "--extraintf=http" or set http as an extra-interface in the Preferences area mentioned above.

Now, when you start VLC, a web interface will be created and running on your computer on port 8080 (by default, but you can change this yourself). For your information, you can connect to a web server listening on an arbitrary port using http://server:port syntax, so you can test the VLC web interface using this URL:

If you get a 401 Unauthorized error message and you have set a password on the interface as described in #Access_control below, leave the username field blank and enter the password that you have set.

VLC 2.0 and below: If you try to access the web interface from another computer or by using your computer's IP address and you get a 403 Access Denied error message, you have to allow access for the IP or IP range first: see #Access_control below.

The following options can be used to specify an IP and a different port on which you want to run the interface.

VLC 2.0.0 and later

 --http-host host
 --http-port port

or on Windows platforms:


To enable the HTTP control interface as a primary or extra interface, go to Tools → Preferences (select "All" radio-button) → Interface → Main interfaces → check "Web":

Activating VLC 2.0's HTTP interface

VLC before 2.0.0

 --http-host host:port

or on Windows platforms:


To enable the http interface as a primary or extra interface, go to Tools > Preferences > Interface > General > Interface module: http remote control interface. In later versions it might be Tools → Preferences (select All radiobutton) → All radio button → Interface → Main interfaces → check HTTP remote control)


Access control

VLC 2.1.0 and later

Access control has been simplified in VLC 2.1.0. You can restrict access to the web interface by using a simple password that can be set under Tools → Preferences (all) → Interfaces → Main interfaces → Lua → Lua HTTP → Password.

It can also be set from the command line as the option 'http-password', like so:

--http-password <your password here>

When logging in, leave the username field blank.

VLC before 2.1.0

Access control for specific IP addresses or ranges of IP addresses to the http interface can be done globally by editing "/usr/share/vlc/lua/http/.hosts" in Linux, "%PROGRAMFILES%\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\http\.hosts" on Windows and "/Applications/" on Mac OS X.

The existing .hosts file contains examples and can easily customized to meet your needs. On Windows, note that you might need administrator rights to edit this file.

Note that the global file gets overwritten when/if you reinstall/upgrade VLC.
This is solved by some Linux distributions by symlinking the file to /etc.
If your distribution does not do this; execute the following as root:
mkdir /etc/vlc && cd /usr/share/vlc/lua/http/ && mv .hosts /etc/vlc && ln -s /etc/vlc/.hosts .hosts


It is now also possible to customize the Web interface. See the html pages in share/html (within the VLC directory for Windows, within the package on Mac OS X and somewhere in /usr/local for Linux). This can be a very cool interface if you spent some time developing nice UI elements. If you would like to contribute a new 'Default' html interface, you are also very welcome (keep it small).

An additional theme has been created (by Lucas Steigmeyer a.k.a. Plezops) specifically for PDA's or PSP's in mind. This additional theme has a grey theme and will fit nicely on most portable versions of web browsers. The theme has the layout reordered to fit the screen better. You may download this theme from A readme file is included. View for install instructions and other info.


  • On versions of VLC (windows) that are greater than .8 (possibly previous versions, though not confirmed) the HTTP interface index file is stored in the "http" folder in the VLC folder. There is a README file that serves as documentation, VLC HTTP requests.
  • A new http interface is available since 0.8.5. However this new interface does not work on handheld PDA's running the Windows Mobile OS, it also does not work with JavaScript turned off in your browser. This old interface was available at http://<ip>:<port>/old/ for releases prior to 1.0.0.
  • Since 2.0.0, the HTTP interface has been rewritten from the ground up as a lua plugin with AJAX, and the oldhttp interface no longer exists.
  • Since 2.1.0, the HTTP interface no longer uses the hosts file, but instead a password.

For more information about the HTTP interface, see the document "VLC Play-Howto", the paragraph "The HTTP interface" in chapter 4 ("Advanced use of VLC") and Documentation:Play HowTo/Building Pages for the HTTP Interface. ("See also old/outdated appendix B").

See also

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