If you find any bugs, or if you experience any crashes, then we would very much like to hear about the issue. This page covers how to report a bug and which information you need to provide for a bug report to be useful for us.
Is it truly a new bug?
It may seem silly, but a large proportion of the submitted bug reports are not really bugs at all, or have been known for months, and/or are already fixed.
To avoid that, please check the following:
Are you really using the latest stable release of VLC? You can find the most recent version on our Website.
Have you tried resetting your preferences and restarting VLC yet? Check this page for how to do that.
Before you file a new bug, please try a preview development build of our next version on our nightly builds website. The bug may already be fixed in those builds.
Many bugs are already known. Sometimes they are already fixed for the next version of VLC, see the nightly builds section above. Please search the list of known and fixed issues. If you find your issue, check if it is already closed.
Some things are simply not yet supported by VLC. We have a list of things we would like to implement in the future. If your suggestion is not on this list, you might want to make a feature request ticket on trac.
If you checked all the things above and none of them ruled out your bug, you can report it in your bug tracker.
Sending a bug report
When you create a new bug report, include as much information as possible to help us to understand and reproduce your problem. We try to answer all your reports, but there are so many that we simply do not have the time to do so for everyone.
The more sound and concrete details you provide about your issue, the better the chances that we will investigate it fully.
Information to submit
Please make sure to include the following information in your report:
The name of your operating system and the precise version (include the Linux distribution or the version of Windows).
Include the version number of the VLC version that you reproduce the bug with. In case it is a nightly, please provide the full version information string, like: 4.0.0-dev Otto Chriek (revision 4.0.0-dev-726-g63c21a090b).
Make sure to name all the audio and video hardware in question that might be related to VLC’s usage. For instance: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13", Fall 2013) with Intel Iris 1536 MB, with an external USB dolby surround output device.
Complete logs as those from the messages dialog, verbosity set to debug (GUI) or the
-vvvswitch (CLI mode).
Steps to reproduce:
Please describe the steps to reproduce your problem, be as precise as possible. If you are uncomfortable with words, you may also use screenshots.
Is your problem always reproducible? Does it occur every time? If not, how often?
If applicable, the type (movie, music, subtitle) and the format of the file or stream being played. If known, please also list the codec(s) in the file.
If the issue is specific to a certain file, providing us this file is always very helpful, if not indispensible. In this case, please upload as much of the file as you can to our samples server.
If your problem is not a bug but instead a support question, please do not file a report for it. Instead use the Forum to ask your question!
Bugs with insufficient infos may be closed as incomplete (or invalid in the worst cases). VLC developers understand that the requested infos can be difficult to gather or provide. Sharing sample files can pose confidentiality, privacy or piracy issues. However as a bug reporter you have to accept that the VLC developers cannot resolve bugs without sufficient infos for analysis.
Please keep in mind that the VLC developers are not paid to solve your problems. There cannot be any warranty for any kind of timeline regarding resolution of a bug. On the one hand, some bugs have been fixed within minutes of being filed. On the other hand, some bugs have remained open for over a decade, with no signs of getting fixed any time soon. If you need express resolution, you should attempt to solve the problem yourself, or consider hiring a software consultant.
If your bug is about VLC crashing, we usually need additional information to be able to solve your problem!
On Windows and macOS since VLC 3.0 we include a crash reporter, which should prompt you to upload information about the crash that happened to VideoLAN. In this case, when you file a bug about that crash, include the time when the crash happened, that makes it easier to figure out which report could belong to the bug you describe.
If you are on Linux we need a full symbolicated stack trace if you report a crash bug to us. Without that, it is really hard to figure out the cause of your bug, unless it is easily reproducible. If we are unable to reproduce and you can’t provide a stack trace, the issue is likely to get closed!