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:''See also [[VLC command-line help]], [[Console|Console interfaces]]''
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This page describes how to access the terminal and start VLC in it.
A terminal is a text-based way to run programs. It is normally pre-installed on your computer. The command prompt may also be called:
* Command Prompt
* Console
* MS-DOS Prompt
* Terminal
Running VLC from the terminal gives you access to many commands and features in VideoLAN which you would not otherwise have: see the [[VLC command-line help]] page to find out more about options from the command line.
Note that '''%''' is used on many of the examples in VLC Wiki to represent the prompt, so you don't need to type that in. Depending on your [[operating system]], the prompt could be a >, %, $ or #. Read on for a detailed explanation.
== Windows ==
In windows, this is called the '''command prompt'''. To open the command prompt,
* Click on the Start Menu and select Run.
* In the Run box, type '''cmd''' (or '''command''' for older versions of windows) and press enter.
The command prompt will look something like this
To run VLC, you will need to know where you installed VLC: the default is '''C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC'''. So to start vlc, type
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\VLC.exe" ''options''
replacing ''options'' with the name of the file to play and it's options.
== Mac OSX ==
You can run VLC on Mac OS X using a terminal application, such as '''Terminal.app''' in '''/Applications/Utilities'''. In the terminal window type
../VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC ''options''
replacing ''options'' with vlc options, commands, the name of the file to play and so on.
To suppress the launch of any Mac-like interface, '''you have to add''' the Option '-I' or '--intf' followed by the interface you want use instead.
Available interfaces are ''rc'' (remote control) ''ncurses'' (command-line-gui) ''http'' (webinterface, usually on port [http://localhost:8080 8080]). VLC won't even appear in the Dock then.
In older versions you could replace the "VLC" at the end of the path with "clivlc" to suppress the launch of any Mac-like interface.
== Linux/Unix ==
To get a linux terminal, you should probably run Konsole or Xterm. The terminal normally looks like a $ or a %. If you are logged in as root (generally a bad idea) it will probably be a #. To run vlc, you can normally type
vlc ''options''
replacing ''options'' with the name of the file to play and it's options.
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