VLC media player

The vlc platform allows you to control VLC media player.

The VLC media player integrationIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more.
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, is currently only available for installations that are based on the Home Assistant Core in a Python virtual environment.


To add a VLC media player to your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: vlc

Configuration Variables

name string (Optional)

The name to use in the frontend.

arguments string (Optional)

Additional arguments to be passed to VLC.

Only the “music” media type is supported for now.

This service will control a background VLC instance, therefore you cannot use this to control a VLC instance launched on your desktop, unlike the Kodi media player for example.

Full configuration

A full configuration for VLC could look like the one below:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: vlc
    name: speaker_1
    arguments: "--alsa-audio-device=hw:1,0"

Additional configuration on macOS

On macOS python-vlc won’t find the VLC plugin directory unless you add this to the user’s .bash_profile that is running Home Assistant:

export VLC_PLUGIN_PATH=$VLC_PLUGIN_PATH:/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/plugins

Additional configuration on Linux

You need to add the homeassistant user to the audio group:

sudo usermod -a -G audio homeassistant