Interfaces are the way you interact with VLC media player. Like anything else in VLC, they are modules, which allows for their interchangeability (see below).
VLC has four main graphical interfaces:
- The wxWidgets Interface (wx) is the default interface on Linux and Windows.
- The Qt Interface (qt) will be the default interface on Linux and Windows starting with version 0.9.0.
- The skins2 Interface is an interface where you can customize VLC's look (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.
Besides the above main interfaces, VLC contains many more:
|wx||Current (<0.9.0) default wxWidgets interface on Linux and Windows.|
|qt||Future (0.9.0 onwards) default Qt4 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, non-graphical interfaces.|
|showintf||Show interfaces module.|
|hotkeys and joystick||Control VLC with the keyboard/joystick.|
|dummy||Don't use an interface.|
Listing the available interfaces
To get a list of available interfaces, running VLC with the -l option:
vlc -l | grep -i interface
to display the interfaces.
Using an interface
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.
- See also Category:Interfaces