Interfaces are the way you interact with VLC media player.
VLC has 4 main Interfaces:
- The wxWidgets Interface (wx) is the default interface on Linux and Windows.
- The Qt Interface (qt) will be the default interaface on Linux and Windows
- 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.
The full list of interfaces is
|wx||Default wxWidgets interface on Linux and Windows.|
|qt||Future 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 Intefaces module|
|hotkeys and joystick||Control VLC with the keyboard/joystick|
|dummy||Don't use an interface|
Listing the interfaces available
There are some other interfaces, you can view the list by running VLC with the -l option:
vlc -l | grep -i interface
to display the interfaces.
Using an interface
To run VLC media player 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.