There is much you can achieve in VLC by running it through the Windows 10 Command line. It unlocks serious capabilities which you won’t find in the VLC graphical user interface (GUI).
This guide will demonstrate how to run VLC from the Windows 10 command prompt. The same has been covered for Linux.
A simple and useful example of how to run VLC in headless mode will be discussed here. This means you can easily operate the program without its GUI. Learning this clever hack will allow you to play an Internet video on VLC without advertisements or interruptions.
Making VLC Work from Windows 10 Command Prompt
Open the command prompt in Administrator mode from the Start menu.
To make VLC work from the Windows 10 command prompt, you need to know its exact location on a Windows computer. You will usually find the path in Program Files, which can be copied from a right-click on Properties.
Next, enter the following code to change the directory to your VLC folder path. Make sure you have enabled copy-paste in the Command prompt, otherwise you’ll need to type the whole folder path.
Enter the following code to fetch a complete list of VLC commands applicable for Windows 10 users.
The above command will save a notepad file, “vlc-help,” on the VLC folder.
Playing VLC in Headless Mode (Without Interface)
When you open the notepad file, you will be able to see a very long list of useful VLC commands. It ranges from video playback options to screen recording, saving video wallpapers, managing hot keys, adding plug-ins, bookmarking, and much more.
The very first option to stream a file on your Windows 10 based on its file path in the command line is chosen here. This will play your VLC video in headless mode without the GUI. The syntax is as shown.
Go to your target video you would like to stream in headless mode. Copy its path from a right-click on Properties.
Copy-paste the entire path as per above syntax noted in the VLC help menu and hit Enter. You may use
CLS first to clear the entire screen.
The video will now be automatically played in headless mode without the VLC widget occupying the extra space on your screen.
Going headless from the command line is the best way to play your VLC videos in full-screen mode without any interfering text or graphics.
Playing YouTube Videos on VLC in Full-Screen Mode
You can further utilize the headless capability to play YouTube (or any other online) videos directly from VLC. For this, go to the online video and copy its URL, then paste it as shown below.
The YouTube video will now start playing on your VLC app, but you don’t want the widget to interfere with your viewing experience. So we will use another command mentioned in an earlier VLC help notepad file to remove this distraction.
Refer to the following code for converting any VLC YouTube video into fullscreen mode.
The YouTube video will now be viewable on VLC without ads, interruptions, or the annoying VLC widget.
The headless mode in VLC can be turned on and off at will. You can also hide the mouse cursor and fullscreen controller. With effective playback controls, you are in charge of your VLC experience. You can also convert audio files with VLC or even use it as a video editor.