How to Play DVD on VLC Media Player on Windows and Mac

In this article, we show you the tutorial to play the movies from DVD with VLC media player on your Windows or Mac instead of watching on TV with DVD player


VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

Generally speaking, you can just open the VLC media player on your Windows and Mac.

1. Select media then scroll down to open the DVD disc

2. Under the disk selection choose DVD, make sure disk is on the DVD drive you want to watch

3. Input the digital code and just press play at the buttom

However, some people can play DVDs on with VLC great, but some sadly can not access to it. Actually, I do not know the ture reason for it, below just the comments on the forum. Hope you are the luck one!

“I’ve been using VLC on my Windows PC for several years.  We’ve had no problems with it.”

“I have the problem that VLC cannot play the DVD, there is no video and audio. However I used to be able to play the DVD fine on VLC on my computer and it has been happening to play another dvd borrow from my friend. Anyone been getting the same problems?”

There could be a number of reasons when it comes to these problems. These reasons vary, one reason behind it is that your VLC media player is lacking all the needed codecs; therefore, you will need to download the combined community codec pack so that it can play your DVD with a lot of ease. This option can be helpful if only the file you are playing is not supported by the codec’s available in your VLC player.

You’ll need two files: keys database and AACS dynamic library.

Keys databaseget the file

  • Windows: put it in C:\ProgramData\aacs\
  • Mac OS X: put it in ~/Library/Preferences/aacs/ (create it if it does not exist)

AACS dynamic library:

  • VLC 32 bit on Windows: put that file in your VLC directory
  • VLC 64 bit on Windows: put that file in your VLC directory
  • Mac OS X: put that file in ~/lib directory (create it, if it does not exist)

Tip: VLC does not yet support DVD menus so you must manually select title to play.

When the keys database and AACS dynamic library are installed correctly, you can launch VLC media player and click on Media -> Open Disc (Ctrl + D) to load the DVD movie from disc.

Additonal: If you want to play the Blu-ray movies on your PC or Mac via VLC media player without DVD drive, or watch Blu-ray movie without DVD player, please follow the guide below to rip the DVD to digital (H.264 MP4) files.

All-in-one Solution: Rip DVD to Digital Format for VLC on Windows and Mac

As a professional and powerful tool, Brorsoft DVD Ripper(perfessional DVD Ripper, rip all the DVDs, copy protected commercial DVD, such as Disney DVD) can help users to rip DVD movies for play on VLC. With it, you can rip DVD discs and convert DVD ISO/IFO image files and DVD Folder to any digital format, such as H.264MKVQuickTime, MOVH.265(HEVC)or backup the DVD keeping the whole movie structure as you need. With the built-in editor, you can edit the DVD videos as you like, Merge, Split and Select Subtitles and Audio Track, even for watching on your protable devices.

Guide: Rip DVD for VLC on Windows and Mac

Download and install Brorsoft DVD Ripper and insatll on your Windows (10) PC, follow the guide to rip dvd for VLC with fast speed and high quality step-by-step. For Mac users, please switch to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac (compatible with macOS Sierra, turn to best DVD Ripper for macOS Sierra).

Step 1. Click disc button to load DVD movies. As you see, DVD disc, ISO, IFO and DVD folder are also supported. You can select subtitles and audio track (English, French, German, Spanish…) for each chapter.


Step 2. Set output format. Click on “Format” bar to select output format. Here you can choose rip DVD to *.mp4, *.mov, etc on for playing on VLC on Windows and Mac.


Tip: If you want to rip DVD to iPhoneiPadGalaxy phoneXbox S and more media devices, just directly choose the preset profiles.

Step 3. Click the “Convert” icon, the DVD to VLC  conversion will start immediately. You can follow the converting process in the “Conversion” interface.

When the conversion finished, you can get the output files for your VLC via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can watching the conveted DVD movies with VLC smoothly on your Windows and Mac.

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