VLC vs MX Player | Which is the Best Media Player in 2020?

MX and VLC are the two media players with vibrant video and audio tools. An Indian company is behind MX Player, while we all know VLC Media Player. How do both stand against each other in 2020? Let’s find out in VLC vs MX Player comparison.

The comparison mainly focuses on mobile applications as MX Player is only available for iOS and Android.

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VLC vs MX Player - Screen Options
VLC vs MX Player – Screen Options

Both offer a wide range of tools. MX Player initially was just for videos, but now you can play audio files as well. Compared to VLC, MX Player comes with a wide range of tools. Other than that, the hardware acceleration is something to check out in both.

Take a look at the below table for full tools and options comparison.

FeatureVLCMX Player
Audio support
Hardware acceleration
Night mode
Android TV support
Save brightness/audio settings
Subtitle size
Subtitle colour
Remember subtitle timing
Screen settings
Change app colours
Adjust seek-speed
Local network
Audio boost
Continue video
Highlight new videos

Play screen invisible options

Both offer options including forwarding & backward video, volume up/down, zoom controls, and brightness adjustment. VLC Media Player’s swipe forward/backward feature can be improved because sometimes if you seek forward for a few seconds, the video doesn’t forward and vice versa. Also, if you manually add a subtitle file and minimise and maximise the app, you will not see the subtitles. Sometimes, the subtitle menu doesn’t even open (you have to go back to the videos menu and play the video again). MX Player has one feature missing which is seeking on double-tap. VLC forwards/backwards the video ten seconds if you double-tap on either side of the screen.

Other play screen options

The below table compares the options which can be found on the video play screen.

FeatureVLCMX Player
Choose subtitle
Subtitle delay
Choose audio
Audio delay
Audio play
Playback speed
Sleep timer
Crop video
Repeat options
Download subtitles
Video shuffle

MX Share

MX Share or MX File Sharing is a subsidiary tool which allows you to transfer video files fastly with the combined help of Bluetooth and WiFi. This powerful and quick sharing technique can also be found in many apps. The app only supports video files, and the receiver must have MX Player installed to complete the process. VLC does not offer sharing tools except the default sharing features.


VLC uses the orange and white theme, while MX Player provides a blue and white combination theme. Blue looks more relaxed, but the orange is night friendly. MX Player also allows you to customise the look and the feel of the app to whichever colour you like.

App details


VLC was released for Android in 2015, while it has over 100 million downloads. MX Player, on the other hand, was released in 2011, and so far it has over 500 million downloads. Both occupy over 70 MB of storage.


VLC Media Player for iOS is about 169 MB, with an average rating of 3 stars. MX Player takes 85 MB of storage and has an average rating of 4.6 stars in India.


MX Player is a commercial app, and you’ll see ads throughout the app. The ads types include in-video when you pause, in between videos section, etc. VLC, on the other hand, is open source and it’s free to use.

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The final part of VLC vs MX Player is testing. I tested eight videos on both. MX Player could not play the audio of a .mkv file. The test proved that VLC supports more extensions and formats than MX Player.

Which one should you pick?

The answer to this question is in the interface and advertisements. I would probably suggest going with VLC because it supports a little more extensions and it is open source and ad-free. MX Player is good, but to get rid of ads and unlock premium features, you’ll have to pay money.


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In conclusion

Both offer great functionalities and support a wide range of extensions. I hope the post VLC vs MX Player helped. Feel free to share your views in the comments below and subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.