10 Best Free Video Players for Windows 7/8/10 [2017]

There are hundreds of freeware media players available online but choosing the best video player can be very tricky. Apparently, the one with good sound and picture quality gets the first pick but there are several factors to be considered as well mainly including file conversion, supported video formats, operating system support, user interface etc.

Sounds tricky? You have nothing to worry about. We have saved you from the effort of researching complicated stuff and narrowed down your research to 10 of the best video players for windows. All you have to do is, pick and choose based on your priority and personal interest.

Best Free Media / Video Players For Windows 10/8/7

1. VLC Media Player

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Created by the VideoLAN project, VLC is undoubtedly considered to be one of the “best” media players for Window. It is powerful, yet simple enough with no user tracking, ads or any sort of spyware.

VLC Media Player endorses a simple user interface. You may change the skin color to suit your preferences and moods by downloading it directly from their official website or create your own if you are creative enough. They have a huge collection which is being updated almost daily.

Still looking at its very basic and old appearance? Well then let me tell you that VLC lets you play online files from the source, directly. You can take screenshots, record or capture with a single button. Don’t fall for fancy appearances, this player focuses on getting the job done and getting it done the right way.

To extend the functionality, there is a host of plugins available as well. If you are a developer, then you can also examine its source code. There are frequent updates to the system.  VLC has a very large user community due to its incredible format support, playback control and great performance.

VLC supports almost every media format including multiple input formats, Audio formats, A/V outputs, Video formats Subtitle/Tag formats, and much more.

  • Format Support: MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3), AVI, ASF / WMV / WMA, MP4 / MOV / 3GP, OGG / OGM / Annodex, Matroska (MKV), Real, WAV (including DTS), Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52, Raw DV, FLAC, FLV (Flash), MXF, Nut, Standard MIDI / SMF, Creative™ Voice VLC facilitates quick download and easy configuration as it does not require any additional codecs.
  • Windows Support: Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
  • Price: Free
  • Download Link

2. GOM Media Player

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Developed by GOM lab; another free and the best video player for Windows, GOM Media Player is full of built-in codecs. Codecs decrypt the files (audio/video) for getting it played. GOM codecs support most of the video formats including flv,mp4, mov, mpg, ts, avi, divx, asx, wmv, m4v, dat, ifo, vob, 3gp/3gp2, rm/rmvb, mkv, ogm. and media player formats such as mp3, .m4a, .aac, .ogg, .flac, .wav. You can also play additional formats with external codecs. GOM automatically finds the missing codec and provides the user with the relevant link. If you encounter any problem, GOM has a unique reset button to take you back to factory settings.

The player has an attractive user interface, built-in support for all the popular media and video formats, advanced functions, customizable options and is really quick to play the desired videos. Versatile advance features include adding video effects, capturing the video and tweaking the playback speed.

Be careful when installing the GOM Player as you’ll be asked to install a browser extension and despite the cancellation, the installation continues. Another downside is the ads that appear, ignore them or find an alternative.

  • Format Support: GOM codecs support most of the video formats including flv,mp4, mov, mpg, ts, avi, divx, asx, wmv, m4v, dat, ifo, vob, 3gp/3gp2, rm/rmvb, mkv, ogm.
  • Windows Support: Microsoft Windows 7 (32 / 64bit), 8 (32 / 64bit), Windows 8.1 (32 / 64bit), Vista (32 / 64bit), XP SP3 or higher (32 / 64bit)
  • Price: Free
  • Download Link

3. RealPlayer

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Real Player became popular in the past decade due to its fancy design and catchy appearance. It’s not only a popular player but also a video manager to keep your content organized. One can easily consider it as a one-stop solution for its ability to download videos from YouTube and Vimeo, play it through storage or directly watch channels online.

With the RealPlayer, you can send files, photos and videos to a single friend, a group of friends or to the social media. This feature is called RealTimes and it lets to transfer to and from the mobile devices. Another feature, RealCloud allows you to save the data on a cloud which is accessible anywhere and anytime.

The additional features include options to share on HD TVs and creating bookmarks on your favorite stuff. RealTime is definitely worth trying if you have a good internet connection. Although the free version is good enough to use, the premium version is for $4.99 per month with 365GB extra storage.

  • Format Support: Supported video formats include 3gp, m4v, rmvb, 3gp2, rv, avi, mp4, wav, EVRC, QCELP, wma, flv, ra, wmv, iv4, ram, iv4, m4a, rm
  • Windows Support: Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate (32- or 64-bit), Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, or Enterprise (32- or 64-bit) in Desktop Mode, Windows 10
  • Price: Free, $ 4.99 for Premium
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4. KMPlayer

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When we talk about the best media player for windows, KMPlayer is a top-notch option with rare 3D format playback functionality. Being an advanced media player, it supports 3D videos along with SD and HD and also features a unique 3D Movie Plus service app for viewing 3D advertisements, movie trailers, and documentaries from Discovery 3D World.

KMPlayer supports 24 languages, movies with HD resolution and matrix function while the internal codec is being used. KMPlayer can be perfectly used despite the system constraints as it required just 30 MB hard disk space. It modifies the environment to an easy multimedia format with a playback support of 3D, 4K, 2K movies for Windows

The user is able to choose the audio and video effects. Parts of videos can be chosen for marking them favorite, repeating them, revamping the keys for remote interface etc. You can also edit the subtitles while using this one. Additionally, you can also set up your own libraries for videos and music. This one is a personal favorite and I would recommend this one as one of the best media players for windows.

  • Format Support: KM Player supports a lot of video formats such as RTS, MPEG1, MPEG2, AAC, WMA7, WMA8, OGG etc. without any extra codec requirement.
  • Windows Support: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / XP 64-bit / Vista 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64-bit
  • Price: Free
  • Download Link

5. MPC-HC

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You want to have a good video player experience, yet you own a light machine with light configuration, MPC-HC is your answer. No matter what the size of the video is, you can still play it through Media Player Classic-Home Cinema. It is free to install and masses consider it one of the best video player for windows OS.

With an array of features and options, this freeware can be customized according to one’s taste and preferences. You can also use it as a DVB player. With its portable version, MPC-HC takes productivity to another level making it a top media player for windows.

  • Format Support: It supports a lot of video playing formats including MP4, D2V, MOV, FLV, QT, SWF, WMA, WAV, OGG, MP3, AU, SND, AIF, AIFF, AIFC, AC3, VOB, ASX, DTS, PLS, WAX, M3U, WM, WMV, AVI, CDA, JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, MPEG, MIDI, MP2, MPG.
  • Windows Support: Windows® XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Price: Free
  • Download Link

6. PotPlayer

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Talking of performance with simplicity accompanied with 20 MB of installation size, PotPlayer is the name that should hit your mind. Using just a few resources along CUDA, DXVA, and QuickSync, this video player provides optimal performance. The user can choose from two sound cards, bookmark your favorite part of the video and preview scenes with snapshots.

Hard acceleration system is used by this media player, giving you a lifetime experience. Manu types of 3D glasses, Direct3D9 Ex Flip Mode and Overlay and multiple subtitles easily attune with PotPlayer.  It does not require a lot of codecs to be installed with an option to install additional codec as and when required.  The video player supports a number of devices including TV, HDTV and DVD.

As compared to VLC, it is less popular but no less in performance. The user is able to get filters for brightness, hue, contrast and noise reduction. A number of built-in keyboard shortcuts have also been included.

  • Format Support: avi, mp4, mkv, mpeg, mov, divx, h.264 and many more.
  • Windows Support: Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/8.1
  • Price: Free
  • Download Link

7. DivX

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DivX Player occupies a considerable position in world’s top best video players for Windows PC from past several years. It is perfect for high-quality video lovers with free HEVC playback and Ultra HD 4K. The video player runs online video clips, TV shows and movies. The format is very user-friendly such as AVI, MKV, MP4, DIVX and more. Using compatible devices like Samsung Galaxy products, Xbox, PS3 or Chromecast, you can stream music, videos, and photos.

The DivX library lets you keep the purchases and in-house tracks organized and a unique feature called trick play or smooth FF/RW feature, with which you can directly view your favorite scenes. The multiple audio features allow you to seemingly listen to tracks in other languages. If you are looking for something out of the box, this media player is a good deal.

  • Format Support: AVI, MKV, MP4, DIVX and more.
  • Windows Support: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / XP 64-bit / Vista 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64-bit
  • Price: Free
  • Download Link

8. Kodi

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Talking traditionally, Kodi can be referred to more of a home media hub than a true media player. This player used to be known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center). With this media player, it is quite simple to organize the media collection and effortlessly stream it through your home network.

Technically, Kodi is supported by every platform out there with a possibility to purchase dedicated Kodi boxes for plugin directly into a monitor/TV. Kodi will play all your local files as well as files directly from the web. Good news for large video collection freaks, the player downloads interesting metadata including posters to well organize your content.

This is definitely one of the best video players for windows out there that has the ability to support a variety of remote controls with an additional functionality as a PVR. It can also be extended through the use of plugins. Although the learning curve for this media player is a bit steep, yet given the working and functionality, this isn’t going to be a bad deal at all.

  • Format Support: H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, RMVB, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak, H.265 (as from Kodi 14) HuffYUV.
  • Windows Support: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7
  • Price: Free
  • Download Link

9. Plex

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In 2015, Plex Home Theater was changed to Plex Media Player. Plex is a portable media player and it definitely deserves to be present in the list of best video players. With Plex, you can save videos from the site of your choice and watch them whenever you want to. Its DLNA support is incredible and provides high-quality certificates for all the major media servers.

The video player has an online store that lets you save your favorite movie. Plex takes care of your large media collection by organizing it in an efficient manner. Sharing the content is easy too; you get the choice to make things public or keep it limited to your close circle.

  • Format Support: H.264, H.265 (HEVC), mpeg4, VC-1. Audio Encoding: AAC, AC3, ALAC, FLAC, MP3.
  • Windows Support: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7
  • Price: Free, Plex PRO – $299.99
  • Download Link

10. SM Player

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Last but not the least, SM Player has a simple user interface which makes it easy to learn and understand for not so ‘Tech Savvy’ people. It contains a YouTube button with which you can search through YouTube and also play videos. Additional features include changing the playback speed, audio and video filters, video equalizer etc.  Subtitles can be downloaded or searched from opensubtitles.org. This video player for windows supports all popular video and audio codecs.

  • Format Support: avi, mp4, mkv, mpeg, mov, divx, h.264 and many more.
  • Windows Support: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
  • Price: Free
  • Download Link

Summary

Selecting the best video player can be tricky. Features that suit one user, might not be on the requirement list of the other. We have gathered the data and summarized it for you to save your effort. Go through the blog to find the right media player for your needs.

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Ramish Khan is a technical writer at Lindows. He mainly focuses on Windows topics and loves to write about modern technology and progressive security for computers.

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