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Skin support for VLC is now mature and there are some wonderful skins. You may like to use them rather than the default interface.

Using a skin


First, go to the Skin page, choose a skin and download it.

In addition to the skins listed below, VLC supports all the Winamp2 and XMMS skins (.wsz files).

Run this skin

Now run vlc -I skins2 (or launch VLC skins if you've got a shortcut to it). VLC opens with its default skin. Hit Ctrl-S and choose the .vlt file. VLC has now a new default skin!

If you want to run the skin initially on startup of VLC after setting your default skin, right click on your shortcut, click Properties, go to the Shortcut tab and replace the target with this: "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" -I skins2

  • This will increase memory usage, but will also simply getting to your favorite skin.


If you want to have it automatically detected, place it in the skins subfolder of your VLC installation:

  • Windows users: Put it in C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\skins\
  • Linux users: Put it in ~/.vlc/skins2/

Create a skin

Create a new skin documentation.