How to Set Up a VLC Player to Play Continuously

By Chris Hoffman

VLC is a free and open-source media player for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. VLC plays media files or playlists once by default, and then stops. If you want to play a video on repeat or listen to a song over and over, you can set up VLC to play continuously. VLC contains options that can repeat a single media file or an entire playlist in its preferences window. You can also enable continuous play temporarily by using a button on the VLC toolbar.

Step 1

Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the VLC window and click "Preferences."

Step 2

Click "All" under "Show Settings" at the bottom of the sidebar at the left side of the Preferences window.

Step 3

Click the "Playlist" category in the sidebar.

Step 4

Click the "Repeat All" or "Repeat Current Item" checkboxes under "General Playlist Behavior."

Step 5

Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the Preferences window.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also click the "Loop" button in the VLC window to enable continuous play temporarily. This button's icon contains two arrows in a circle and is located to the right of the playback buttons. Clicking this button once toggles "Loop One" mode, clicking it twice toggles "Loop All" mode and clicking it a third time turns off loop mode.

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