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Interfaces are the way you tell VLC what to do. VLC has 2 main Interfaces:

  • The wxWidgets Interface (wx) is the default interface on Linux and Windows.
  • The skins2 Interface is an interface where you can choose how VLC player looks (Works on Linux and Windows).
  • The Mac OS X Interface is the default (and only) graphical interface on Mac OS X.
  • The BeOS Interface is the default (and only) graphical interface on BeOS.

The full list of interfaces is

wx Default wxWidgets interface on Linux and Windows
skins2 Load VLC with a skin. (Linux and Windows only)
macosx Default Mac OS X interface
beos Default BeOS interface
http Web Interface, used for controlling VLC from over a network
gestures Mouse Gestures, where you can control vlc by moving the mouse
rc, ncurses, telnet Console Interfaces, a non-graphical interface.
showintf Show Intefaces module
hotkeys andjoystick Control VLC with the keyboard/joystick
dummy Don't use an interface

There are some other interfaces, you can view the list by running VLC with the -l option:

vlc -l

This also displays the muxers and encoders/decoders. On linux, run

vlc -l | grep -i interface

to display the interfaces.

To run VLC with a different primary interface, use the following command:

vlc --intf name

You can also use

vlc -I name

You can also change the default in the Preferences.

However you can also launch more than one interface:

vlc --intf wx --extraintf sap,telnet,http

This will launch VLC with the default wxWidgets interface, but will also launch the sap, telnet and web interface in addition to the wxWidgets one. The default for this can also be changed in the Preferences.

Note that if you only use the dummy interface, you won't be able to tell vlc to quit - you may have to break it manually with Ctrl+C; or use vlc:quit as the last item on the playlist.