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VLC uses this protocol (or access module) to read data from a device or network.
This protocol is handled by the file module.

The file protocol plays files on your PC through the normal file system. This includes your hard drive and any data CDs or data DVDs you have (in Linux, these must be mounted before use).

For example:

% vlc "file://C:\My Music\Abracadabra.mp3"

If no other protocols are used, file:// is assumed:

% vlc "C:\My Music\Abracadabra.mp3"

Module options

See Documentation:Modules/file

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