A media player is a type of program for playing audio and video files on the desktop, laptop, and other mobile devices. With the help of the media player, users can organize their media collection and their songs, movies, mp3 files, etc.

Every operating system, such as Windows, macOS, or Linux, has at least one default media player. For example, Windows Media Player for Windows, QuickTime Player, and Music for macOS, and in Linux, like Movie Player and Rhythm Box.

The default media players that come with the operating system lack the ability to play the widest range of audio and video files without downloading any plugins or codecs. That is why you need 3rd party media player software to play almost all types of media files without any issue.

We have included some of the best video media players in the list below.

Best free media player

1. VLC Media Player

VLC media player is a free and open-source cross-platform portable multimedia player, framework, and streaming media server that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols developed by VideoLAN in 2002.

When you have this media player, there is no need to look for any other media player. It plays almost all the media player file formats. The open-source nature of VLC allows developers to develop their own version of the media player.

The media player offers many advanced tools and controls. You can tweak your video and audio to improve the quality, and you can add filters to your video clips. You can convert video to any format and also stream YouTube video.

The best free video media player 2022
Image Credit: VLC media player

Key features

  • Free and open-source
  • Cross-platform
  • Play almost any video file
  • Convert videos to any format.
  • Stream the YouTube video.
  • Fast hardware decoding
  • Advance control of the video and audio files
  • No spyware, no ads, and no user tracking.
  • Many more

Minimum system requirements

  • RAM: 128MB
  • Processor: P4 or faster
  • Hard Disk: 100MB
  • GPU: Intel/AMD/NVIDIA 64MB

2. GOM Player

GOM Player is a media player developed by GOM & Company, a South Korean-based organization that supports Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS operating systems. It is also available in a free and paid version. The paid version includes many advanced features and is without advertisements.

The GOM player is the most popular for its ability to play a wide range of video file formats, such as mp4, flv, mov, mpg, avi, wmv, 3pg, mkv, etc. The most important feature of this player is its ability to play some broken media files and find missing codecs using a codec finder service.

If you are looking for a video player that supports a wide range of video file formats, supports VR and 360-degree videos, and lets you add subtitles to the video thanks to its ability to access the largest subtitle database in the world, then this media player is perfect for you.

The best free video media player 2022
Image Credit: GOM Player

Key features

  • Embedded video and audio codecs
  • Support for a wide range of video file formats
  • 360-degree VR playback
  • Support screencasting
  • largest subtitle library
  • Many more

Minimum system requirements

  • RAM: 2GB
  • Processor: P4 or faster
  • Hard Disk: 200MB

3. KM Player

KMPlayer is one of the most popular and free media players for Windows operating systems and is also available for Android and iOS devices. It supports a wide range of media file formats, such as MKV, OGM, AAC, MP3, and DVD. You can also enjoy high-definition videos, including 4K, 8K, 3D, and UHD.

KMPlayer has a clean, user-friendly interface that you can customize as per your preferences. There are a wide range of filters that you can use while playing videos. It also has the feature of recording audio and video files.

KMPlayer’s image viewing features include flipping and rotating, and they allow users to edit the image by using tools such as brightness, contrast, saturation, contrast ratio, aspect ratio, etc.

The best free video media player 2022
Image Credit: KMPlayer

Key features

  • Free software
  • Supports all video, audio, and subtitle files.
  • Equipped with video and audio quality functions
  • Support 3D video playback function
  • URL streaming functions such as radio, YouTube
  • Capable of capturing in the desired format (including GIF).
  • Many more

Minimum system requirements

  • RAM: 1GB
  • Processor: P4 or faster
  • Hard Disk: 150MB installation space

4. 5KPlayer

5KPlayer is a free and advanced media player designed for Windows and Apple devices. It is a mix of a UHD video player, music player, AirPlay and DLNA-enabled media streamer, and an online downloader.

5KPlayer plays 4K and 8K videos without any lags. If you are looking for the best free 4K and 8K video player, this is the best option for you. It can render videos in 1080p and also watch 360-degree videos without any issues. It lets you download videos from the popular video websites; it has a built-in hardware accelerator to process the video faster; and you can watch them later without worrying about the video file format.

5KPlayer shines as bespoke, AirPlay-enabled software for instant screen mirroring and video music AirPlay. It helps display the contents and whole screen of the iPhone or iPad on the computer in a flash. Along with AirPlay mirroring, there is also a screen recording ability that allows up to 4K UHD video recording.

The best free video media player 2022
Image Credit: 5KPlayer

Key features

  • Play 4K/1080p/360° video, DVD, and IPTV with a revolutionary design.
  • Play MP3, AAC, APE, or FLAC music perfectly to stimulate your senses.
  • Wirelessly stream audio and video via AirPlay and DLNA with zero quality loss.
  • Download videos from 300+ sites like Dailymotion and Vimeo.
  • Many more

System requirements

  • RAM: 2GB
  • Processor: Intel or AMD Dual Core Processor 3 GHz
  • Hard Disk: 2 GB Hard Disk Space
  • Video Graphics: Intel HD Graphics or AMD equivalent

5. PotPlayer

PotPlayer is a free and lightweight multimedia player with plenty of features and rich customization designed for Windows operating systems. There is no need to install different codecs all the time when using the player. It provides maximum performance with minimum resources using DXVA, CUDA, and QuickSync.

PotPlayer supports various types of 3D glasses, so you can get the 3D experience whenever you want using your 3DTV or PC. Various output formats (Side by Side, Top and Bottom, Page Flipping) are supported. It also supports various subtitle formats, such as SMI and SRT, DVD (VobSub), and Blu-ray subtitles.

Image Credit: PotPlayer

Key features

  • Smooth, seamless video play.
  • Support for most audio/video formats and DVD
  • Internal DXVA video codecs (H.264/AVC, VC-1, MPEG2)
  • Support all types of subtitling.
  • Skins, logos, color themes
  • Digital TV devices support Live broadcasting.
  • Many more

Minimum system requirements

  • RAM: 2 GB or more
  • Processor: P4 or faster
  • Hard Disk: 200 MB or more

We have included the best free media player in the list above. The following are some of the other honorable mentions among free media players.

Media Player Classic

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Media Player allows you to play audio and video files on your desktop, laptop, tablet, and other mobile devices. Some of the media players also allow you to add subtitles from the subtitle databases. In this blog post, we have included some of the best media players.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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