Hacker Guide

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VLC media player is a large and complex piece of software. It also uses a large number of dependencies.

Being open source allows VLC development to benefit from a large community of developers worldwide.
However, entering a project such as VLC media player can be long and complex for new developers.

This guide seeks to help understanding the VLC code base and VLC internals to quickly get up to speed.

NB: this guide is not about compiling VLC.

The layers of VLC and libVLC

VLC's Core / libVLCcore

The most important (and probably most complex) part of VLC is the core, located in src/ in the repository.

Plugins / Modules

Writing a VLC module




Modules types not documented (yet)

libVLC and bindings

VLC source code overview

Coding for VLC


  • Derk-Jan Hartman
  • Christophe Massiot
  • Samuel Hocevar
  • Geoffroy Couprie
  • Jean-Baptiste Kempf
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