iPhone / iPad Remote Control for VLC – Manual Installation

slider_app_vlc96In order to use the App, setup of the VLC Media Player and the Firewall has to be performed.


Which version of VLC are you using?

vlc_icon_64 VLC version 2.0.0 → 2.0.8 vlc_icon_64 VLC version 2.1.0 / 2.2.0
↓ Instructions below ↓ Click here


If you are still using an older version of VLC v2.0.0 -> 2.0.9, it is recommended that you upgrade, VideoLAN has simplified the requirement for remote access, and the instructions are a lot simpler than below.

Setup of VLC Media player to allow for remote control

Step 1  (VLC preferences)

Windows:   Tools -> Preferences -> Show Settings – All  -> Interfaces -> Main Interfaces -> Extra interface modules -> Web ->  Enabled

Mac OSX:  VLC ->  Preferences -> Show All->  Interface -> Main Interfaces -> Extra interface modules ->  http


Step 2 (VLC .host file)

In VLC version 2 and later, Remote access control must specifically be enabled  for specific IP addresses or IP ranges .
Important:  >> Ask your technical support to perform this step <<

This is done by editing

“%PROGRAMFILES%\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\http\.hosts” on Windows
“/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/http/.hosts” on Mac OSX
“/usr/share/vlc/lua/http/.hosts” on Linux,

In section” # private addresses” , uncomment (remove #)  for  lines 14-19 for various private address ranges.

On Windows, note that you might need administrator rights. On Mac and Linux this file is hidden.

To edit hidden file on Mac, from terminal window,  open -e /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/http/.hosts
Read more here  http://wiki.videolan.org/Documentation:Modules/http_intf

If you continue to receive ‘403 Forbidden’ error on the App, it may be related to IPv6, also try uncommenting   fe80::/64  in ” #link-local addresses” section. Read more here http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?t=44479&f=16


Step 3

Quit and restart VLC Media Player(This is required that the HTTP remote control interface starts correctly)


Step 4 -Firewall

If you have a firewall installed, it would need to be configured to allow for remote connections to the VLC Media Player.  The setup procedure will differ between the various Operating Systems and firewalls. If you experience difficulty with his process consult a technical person to assist.

In general, most firewalls will prompt for rule setup when a new application is detected.

1.       Close VLC Media Player, restart VLC Media Player.

2.       On Windows 7, with the standard firewall installed, a form will appear as seen below.  Select the option as indicated.  The VLC Media will now accept remote connections.


On Mac OS X, if the Firewall is enabled the message my look like

Other notes

The Remote Control will only connect if 1 instance of VLC is running. If you had more than 1 instance open, close all VLC windows, and only open a single instance.

It seems that the current Windows version of VLC 2.0.4 does not provide the album art.  The Mac OSX does export this correctly.

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