Qt Interface

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Qt / Qt4 is the default, plain, graphical, interface to VLC, made using the Qt library (linux users may need to have this installed). It is used as the default interface on the Windows and Linux versions of VLC media player from version 0.9.0 and up.

Unless you change the preferences, VLC media player > 0.9.0 will start up in the Qt4 interface, but you can force this by running

vlc -I qt



If Qt4 is not avaliable, it will probably revert to using the rc (console) interface, even if you force it. The most likely reason for this is if Qt4 hasn't been installed, or if it wasn't linked in (using the ./configure). See compiling VLC [1] for information on compiling.


Launching Modes

Video Modes

Other options

Main interface Description

Menu Bar

Status Bar

The Status Bar has three distinctive portions displaying information.

  • Name label
  • Speed label
  • Time label

Here are the actions you can do on the status bar:

Select Left Click Right Click Middle Click Double Click
Name label Prepare for copy Give focus for arrows selection Copy menu - Word selection
Speed label - - Show fine rate speed adjusting - -
Time label - Switch remaining/elasped time Switch remaining/elasped time Switch remaining/elasped time Open the "Go To Time" dialog

Time label

The timeLabel shows mm:ss/nn:tt in the statusBar.

If the time is longer that one hour, it shows hh:mm:ss/ii:nn:tt.

If you click on it, it shows remaining time instead of elapsed time. If you double click on it, it opens the open the GOTOTime dialog in order to skip easily.

If vlc doesn't know the total time, like in avi/http, it shows the elapsed time only, and --:-- instead of total time.

System Tray Icon


Video Widget

Background Widget

Dialogs description

Interface Hotkeys

Qt Interface Hotkeys