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:
- Used to be wxWidgets Interface (wx) before.
- The skins2 Interface is an interface where you can customize VLC's look (works on Linux and Windows).
- The macOS Interface is the default (and only) graphical interface on macOS.
- The BeOS Interface is the default (and only) graphical interface on BeOS.
Besides the above main interfaces, VLC contains many more:
|qt||Current (>=0.9.0) default Qt4 interface on Linux and Windows.|
|wx||Previous (<0.9.0) default wxWidgets interface on Linux and Windows.|
|skins2||Load VLC with a skin. (Linux and Windows only)|
|macosx||Default Mac OS X interface.|
|minimal_macosx||Minimal 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 (see HotKeys).|
|dummy||Don't use an interface (HotKeys still available).|
Listing the available interfaces
To get a list of available interfaces, running VLC with the -l option:
% vlc -l
% vlc -l | grep -iF 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 qt --extraintf sap,telnet,http
Note that if you only use the dummy interface, you won't be able to tell vlc to quit (except watching a video). You may have to break it manually with Ctrl+C; or use vlc://quit as the last item on the playlist.