Make VLC repeat video playback

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A very useful and wanted option for all media players is to repeat playback. This option is somehow hidden in VLC and many users may fail to find it and are not willing to dig in to find it. Here is how to make VLC repeat all Videos:

  1. From the menu, click “Tools”, then click “Preferences”
  2. In the “Preferences” dialog, look to the bottom left where you will see “Show Settings” label, hit the “All” radio button
  3. On the left panel, select “Playlist”
  4. check the “Repeat All” checkbox
  5. click the “Save” button

The above setting will make VLC repeat all items in the playlist. If you want to repeat the same video no matter how many items you have in the playlist, access again the Playlist options and check the “Repeat current item” checkbox, then Save. This way no matter how many items you have in the playlist, the running video will repeat. However, you can still run any other video in the playlist by accessing it using the “Show Playlist” button in the player interface (or “View”, “Playlist” from the menu). Then double click the item you want to play.

Note: Make sure to restart VLC for the settings to take effect

It is worth noting also that in the “Playlist” view, a button exists for toggling between “loop one” or “loop all”, but I find it more specific and clearer to set the option in the Preferences pane. Besides, you will still need to save your changes in there using the Preferences dialog.

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11 Comments

  1. Junni
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 7:46 AM | Permalink

    Tools -> Preferences… (Show settings: All) Playlist and tick the Repeat all option

  2. sandy m
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM | Permalink

    thank you for the info worked awesomely.

  3. Paul
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    Thanks alot for the option.

  4. Sandy Lemberg
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 2:19 AM | Permalink

    How can I make the player stop once it finishes playing a file?

    I have tried resetting preferences, saving, and all permutations.

    Please don’t respond with the obvious, because I have tried the obvious and it does not work. I suspect a bug in the program.

    I have VLC media player 2.0.3 Twoflower for Windows.

    Thanks, Sandy

    • Amer Kachmar
      Posted December 16, 2012 at 5:59 AM | Permalink

      Hello Sandy,

      I have the same version that you have and it can work perfectly well for what you want.

      So, the only way I can respond is to tell you how to do it through the VLC interface. It might not be really that obvious because people are used to two-state toggle buttons where as the button that control this feature is three-state which are “loop all, loop one, and no loop”.

      Consider the left-bottom part of the buttons on the VLC interface. The second button starting from the right of them is the one that controls this feature.
      If you hover the mouse cursor over it, it will show you a tool tip that says: “Click to toggle between loop all, loop one, or no loop”.
      Click that button so that it looks unpressed (you might need to click on it twice, it depends on the current state of the button). The “no loop” state is active when the button looks unpressed! which is exactly what you want set.

      Please try that.

      • Sandy Lemberg
        Posted December 16, 2012 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

        Amazingly (to me) this works.

        I have been clicking that button all morning, but I never check to see whether it looked unpressed. I seem to have just missed the correct setting.

        Many thanks for your advice, and my apology for what turned out to be a silly question.

        Here’s another (maybe silly) question:

        How can I play a CD with the VLC player?

        I have done it once, but tonight, I can’t get it to work.

        Thanks.

        • Amer Kachmar
          Posted December 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM | Permalink

          Well, it depends on how the media files are stored in your CD/DVD. Usually, all you need to do is choose from the menu “Media, Open Disc…” then click the “Browse” button and browse to your CD/DVD drive and then click “Play”.
          If that doesn’t work, then the media files might be on a sub folder in your CD/DVD in which case you need to repeat the same process above but browse to the actual folder.
          You could also look for files in your CD/DVD that have extension .ifo and double click on them, (if they are associated with VLC).

  5. Sandy Lemberg
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM | Permalink

    DVDs and CDs are completely different cases.

    A DVD can be opened in either of the ways you suggest. A DVD has a perspicuous file structure.

    The actual file structure of an audio CD is hidden. This may be because the audio CD standard predates the PC.

    All that is visible on an audio CD is a set of .cda files, each of which is 44 bytes. These must be markers of some kind. There is no such thing as a .ifo file on an audio CD.

    I cannot get the CD to play with either of the methods you suggest. I was able to play one at one time, but I can’t remember the details.

    • Sandy Lemberg
      Posted December 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM | Permalink

      Well, it appears that I had to post two, not just one, silly questions on this before I was able to see what’s going on.

      Everything I said about the file structure of a CD is true. A CD cannot be opened by clicking on the .cda files and these are the only things that show up.

      However, the other method does work. The difficulty I had was the following:

      When you click on “Open Disc”, the dialogue box “Open Media” requires a manual selection of the type of media —- DVD, BlueRay, Audio CD, and another unknown to me.

      I had been playing DVDs so the setting was on DVD. That was the cause of the problem I had. I selected “Audio CD” and now it plays just fine.

      The upside is that this comment may help someone who is stuck in a similar way.

      Thanks again to everyone who responded to my questions.

      No doubt about it: VLC is a great player.

  6. Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM | Permalink

    Big thanxxx,,,now it works great..coz im able to play a song and to repeated it self..according to the instructions which i followed.

  7. Bruce Gaetos
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:35 AM | Permalink

    Re: Loop button not working?

    Postby bladereap3r » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:21 pm
    I’m using version 2.0.5 on Windows 7 Pro PC.

    Using the “Click to toggle between loop all, loop one, and no loop”. But I cannot succeed in getting a video to STOP repeat playing automatically no matter how many times I click it.

    I’ve tried every combination of the “loop button” and the “‘Loop from point A to point B” – no combination seems to prevent VLC from repeating the movie just played. I normally don’t fiddle with the default controls except for allowing the ‘Advanced Controls’ – Is there a proper or ‘Fix’ for this? Thanks in advance.

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