How to Install Custom Skins in VLC Player

If you want to customize the appearance of VLC Player, you can install custom skins to change its look. There are hundreds of free skins available in the VLC Skin library, and here’s how to apply them.

Our favorite media player is VLC since it plays virtually any media file format you throw at it, and it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. If you’d like to give it a fresh appearance, there are hundreds of free custom skins for it.

First, open VLC Player and make sure you’re using the latest version. Go to Help >> Check for Updates and install any available updates.

VLC Skin 1

Now, go to the VLC skin library and browse through it’s huge collection. There is a skin for every taste and style, from making VLC look like Windows Media Player to a PSP. Click on a skin’s thumbnail to get a larger view of it.

Open the skin you want and click the Download link and save it to a convenient location.

VLC Skin 2

Switch back to VLC Player and go to Tools >> Preferences.

VLC Skin 3

Click the Interface icon on the right in Preferences.Under the Look and Feel section, check the Use Custom Skin option and browse the location of the skin you just downloaded.

Click Save and restart VLC Player to see the new skin. Here’s an example of a Windows Media Player style skin.

Remember that when you change the skin, each one will put controls that you’re used to in different locations.

If you want to go back to the original look, in most cases you can right click the skin and select Interface >> Preferences. Then select Native Style under Look and Feel.




  1. Kundan Bhardwaj

    July 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Some of my friends are using some exploited versions of vlc for high definition and voice clarity. Is there something like this or are they fooling me?

    • Brian Burgess

      August 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I haven’t heard of anything like that, but the project is open source so it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s stuff like that out there.

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