How to Install VLC in Chrome

By Elvis Michael

Installing the VLC Web browser plugin allows you to play multimedia file types directly from your Google Chrome browser. These include video and audio files that would otherwise download to your computer if the browser lacks such plugin functionality. VLC manages multimedia files through Google Chrome by adding a plugin to the browser during the program’s installation.

Main Installation Procedure

Download and launch the main VLC installation package from the program’s official website, then close your current Google Chrome session during installation. Accept all program defaults while ensuring that all options are enabled, which adds the necessary Web browser plugin during the installation procedure. Allow the VLC installation to take place, then click “Finish” to effectively complete the setup process.

If Chrome Browser is Missing

Note that you must re-run the VLC installation package if you installed it prior to adding Google Chrome to your computer. Close the Web browser, re-launch the program’s installation file, then select the “Add/Remove/Reinstall Components” radio button. Install the application using its default settings to effectively add the Web browser plugin.

Testing VLC Web Browser Plugin

Visit a website containing a compatible multimedia file to test the VLC Web browser plugin (see Resources). Google Chrome subsequently states that the plugin needs your permission to play the media file in question. Select “Run this Time” to play the file only during the current session, or click “Always Run on this Site” to always play the media file automatically through that particular website.