Stream YouTube Video Using VLC - Here's How!

With the VLC Player, a wide variety of media can be played on the Apple Mac, Windows PC, Linux, iOS and Android. Not only audio and video files are included, but also disc images, FLAC audios and network content. The latter include z. B. YouTube videos. You can find out how to stream a YouTube video with VLC in this guide for macOS on Mac and Windows on PC.

Play YouTube video in VLC player on Mac

An important note in advance: previous problems playing YouTube videos in VLC Player should be avoided with the Update to version 3.0.12 or 3.0.12.1 be resolved. Then it is very easy to play a YouTube video without advertising in the program window and in full screen. Here are the instructions:

  1. Open the VLC player on the Apple Mac
  2. Click on "File" in the menu bar
  3. Select "Open network ..." in the drop-down menu
  4. Insert the YouTube link in the text field next to "URL"
  5. Click on "Open" and watch the video
Stream YouTube without ads in VLC player - it works with these menus!

Stream YouTube without ads in VLC player - it works with these menus!

Play YouTube video in VLC player on Windows

An update to the latest version of the player is also recommended under Windows. You can read how to do this in the post linked above. Then you can also play YouTube videos in the VLC player on your PC without any errors. This is also quite easy:

  1. Open the VLC player on the Windows PC
  2. Click on the "Media" menu in the program window
  3. Select "Open network stream ..." in the drop-down menu
  4. Insert the YouTube link in the text field
  5. Click on "Playback" and watch the video
You can also play YouTube videos in the VLC player on your Windows PC. Simple, free and without commercial breaks.

You can also play YouTube videos in the VLC player on your Windows PC. Simple, free and without commercial breaks.

Advantage: Watch YouTube videos without ads using VLC Player

Not only do you save yourself a browser window or a tab in the open web browser with the procedure described above. This also saves you the commercials before, after and in the middle of the video. In addition, audio and video functions can be used to adapt the playback. This results in far more options for video enjoyment than with the regular playback of the content on the YouTube website. Have fun watching ;)

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4 comments

  1. Beatrix Willius says:

    Doesn't work for me. Nothing happens after step 5. And yes, I just downloaded the latest version of VLC.

    macOS BS, M1

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hello Beatrix! Unfortunately, I have nothing to do with Youtube, otherwise I would have tried it. But unfortunately I can't help you like this. :-(

  2. Holger says:

    doesn't work for me either. Mac version - also contains the menu items ...
    … Unfortunately without success

  3. Jürgen Schmitt says:

    I also tried it according to the instructions. It does not work.
    Is there a solution?

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