Which media player you are using right now? Your answer might be VLC or GOM player or any other but if you are here then it seems that you need a change, right? Well, we will not disappoint you as here we are providing the list of 10 best free media players for Windows. Make sure to read all about the mentioned players as we have mentioned some hidden features. So are you ready?

10 Best Free Media Players for Windows

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

When talking about best Windows video players it is not possible to complete the list without VLC Media Player. One of the biggest reasons for this is its massive popularity.

VLC Media Player is an open source media player which is available free to all major platforms. It is developed by VideoLAN project and majorly famous because of its support for a number of video and audio compression methods along with file formats.

If you are not able to play particular video or audio format then simply try the VLC Media Player and it is a guarantee that you will not get disappoint 99.9%. because of this all through the year, VLC Media Player earned the reputation of a player that can play everything.

Such features are enough to get into the list of 10 best free media players for Windows. VLC Media Player is fast, simple, and powerful. We hope most of you already installed this amazing player but what others don’t know is customization options.

Yes because of its simplicity most people don’t know that VLC Media Player offers ample of customization options. By tweaking the options you can simply enhance your viewing and listening experience. The other hidden feature of VLC Media Player is streaming.

Yes, you can use the VLC Media Player for streaming audios and videos too. If you are a developer then you would love to know how it functions by exploring its source code which is free and accessible to all.

It has a large user community who keep working on it and fix bugs and add new features continuously.

The best thing about VLC Media Player is no matter which Windows version you are using it works on all. It gets frequent updates and features which you obviously don’t want to miss once you install this player.

Supported Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

PotPlayer

10 Best Free Media Players for Windows

Despite a king like VLC Media Player PotPlayer successfully manage to secure its decent fan base. It is one of the fastest growing media players which deserves to be in 10 best free media players for Windows.

PotPlayer is a multimedia software which has been developed by Kakao, a South Korean internet company. PotPlayer is loaded with tons of specialties and features which can easily beat the VLC media player.

It comes with tons of customization option which allows the user to use this player according to his or her needs. PotPlayer users techniques like QucikSync, CUDA, and DXVA which turns this media player super light and most powerful.

These features make PotPlayer the second best media player in our 10 best free media players for Windows.

In terms of popularity is PotPlayer is very tiny in front of VLC media player but when you compare its ability to support a number of file types then it simply wins.

PotPlayer is great for playing MP4, MKV, AVI, and FLV formats. It lets you switch between sound cards, bookmark any of your favorite scenes, preview them and more.

It also comes with filters for contrast, noise reduction, brightness, hue etc. The features don’t end here PotPlayer is powered with lots of hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts which let you quickly access the functionalities with an ease.

If you are thinking that despite so many features why VLC media player is so famous. Well, the simple answer to this is simplicity. Well, no doubt PotPlayer comes with loads of features but the fact is most of the features are not used by most of the users.

Apart from this PotPlayer is limited to Windows only. You can give PotPlayer a try for a change if you are tired of using PotPlayer as it is the best alternative available.

Supported Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

KMPlayer

KMPlayer is another great player that we want to list in our 10 best free media players for Windows. It is a free media player which was launched in 2002 later acquired by Pandora TV, a Korean streaming company in 2007.

KMPlayer is a player which has the power to play almost all kind of video and audio files. KMPlayer is integrated with a codec for Windows 10, so friends if you are using Windows 10 OS then you don’t need to find and download any codec.

If you want to boost its compatibility level then you can do the same by adding external codecs. KMPlayer let you enjoy HD videos smoothly without any lagging as it supports 3D, 4K, and UHD.

KMPlayer is famous for supporting various formats. It comes with loads of audio and video effects that assure that you don’t need any other features.

KMPlayer let you mark video’s parts as favorite & play on repeat, remap the keys for remote interface and more. If you are not happy with the current subtitles or they are not synced then you can edit them yourself.

Supported Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Media Player Classic – Home Cinema

Media Player Classic – Home Cinema

Media Player Classic actually justifies its name. It is a classic media player which deserves to be on the list of 10 best free media players for Windows.

The original Media Player Classic development was halted but Media Player Classic – Home Cinema come into picture when its community dedicatedly worked on to enhance it.

They have improved the older version and turn it into lightweight and speedy media player. Another notable fork of the original one is Black Edition.

When we compared it with other media players then we find it more convenient and easy and no need to say more powerful.

Above media players listed in 10 best free media players for Windows comes with loads of feature but let us clear you that Media Player Classic is  a simple media player that don’t feature that much of feature which ultimately is a good thing especially for those who just want to play videos or audios without using any further features.

Now don’t feel that you will get almost nothing in this media player. First of all it is compatible to low configured systems.

If you are using the latest Windows 10 OS then let us tell you that still, it can be your favorite as it is the best alternative to Windows 10 Media Player as it has a decent amount of features like subtitle download option, DVD player software, Skype integration and more.

Supported Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

ACG Player

ACG Player

If you are using Windows 10 and looking for a UWP media player that’s clean and powerful then you will glad to know that your search ends here as after installing ACG Player you will not look at other choices.

ACG Player is one of the lightest weight players that comes with all basic features like music visualize, gesture control, art font subtitle, background music, audio & video effects and more.

ACG Player follows no-nonsense policy and easily supports most of the media codecs without any hassle. This media player also lets you play media from external devices, discs, and files.

The great thing is ACG Player has even more lightweight version which is Ax-Lite. It is the faster version but obviously lacks some features. ACG Player is a worth try media player for its zippy and clean interface.

Supported Platforms: Windows 10.

GOM Media Player

GOM Media Player

Hope you have heard about GOM Media Player. It is also known as Gretech Online Movie Player. It is the best Windows Media Player alternative that is able to play all the major video and audio formats seamlessly like MKV, AVI, FLV, MP4, MOV and more.

GOM Media Player is just more than a basic media player and you will simply understand it when you look at its other advanced features like Media Player Capture, A-B repeat, speed control, screen capture, audio & video effects etc.

Unlike other players in the list of 10 best free media players for Windows, GOM Media Player let you change skins so customize the appearance of it as you want.

If your favorite movie doesn’t have subtitles then don’t worry as GOM Media Player let you download subtitles that too in your preferred language.

If you don’t want to do it manually then simply link it to OpenSubtitles.org that has a vast database of subtitles in various languages.

Now most of time we have encounter any file type which is not supported with our existing media player but when you have GOM Media Player then you don’t have to worry because as soon you find yourself in such situation use GOM Media Player’s in-built Codec Finder service that let you find the missing codec without any hassle.

Supported Platforms: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

DivX Player

DivX Player

DivX Player calls itself a unique media player which is different from all existing media players. So what makes it unique? Well, it is free HEVC playback.

It is an advanced version of AVC (Advanced Video Coding). It is also known as H.264. It let you enjoy the Blu-ray video with better compression in comparison to AVC.

DivX Player is one of the media players in our list of 10 best free media players for Windows that let you enjoy UltraHD or 4K videos without any interruption.

It is optimized to play video formats like DivX, MP4, MKV, and AVI. You can use this player to stream videos, music, and even photos using any DLNA supported device.

Talking about DivX Player advanced features then it has Trick Play which let you jump to your video part easily. It supports Chapter points that help you to reach difference scenes or breaks easily.

DivX Player also comes with a smart media library where you can easily keep your eyes on purchased and private video files. It also lets you switch between multiple soundtracks as it supports multiple audios. One more lovable feature of DivX Player is Resume Play feature which plays the videos exactly from the point where you’ve left off.

Supported Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Kodi

Kodi

XBMC is renamed to Kodi. It is a high customization free open source media player. Kodi let you experience great media center features.

In case you don’t have Windows Media Center in your Windows 10 then Kodi would be your first potential choice from our 10 best free media players for Windows.

If you use Kodi for playing normal offline videos then you might be missing a lot. You can feel its real power by using its streaming features. We are saying this it is the best media player for streaming purpose.

Unlock its power by using it with any projector or larger display as it provides a 10-foot user interface.

Kodi let you play all major video and music formats. Apart from it, you can also listen to podcasts using Kodi. Initially, it was developed for Xbox gaming console as Xbox Media Center but it is now giving much more of it. One of the biggest features of Kodi is plugin support.

By installing plugins you can just give wings to this player. It let you add functionalities like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Veoh etc. using plugins.

Supported Platforms: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Plex

Plex

Back in 2015, Plex Media Player has been introduced after closing Plex Home Theater.

Plex is a kind of a bit different media player in our list of 10 best free media players for Windows that let you enjoy your large media collection seamlessly which includes anything like movies, personal videos, music, TV shows, photos and more.

It automatically organizes your collection. It comes with easy share feature which let you keep track of things that you want to keep private and public.

Plex supports all major file types including hi-fi music. It also supports Chromecast that let you’re enjoying your content on your larger TV screen.

Plex has an app too which you have to install on your smartphone or table to take control of your player. That’s not it Plex app also help you to streamline your videos from the content library.

Supported Platforms: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

5KPlayer5KPlayer

5KPlayer is our last recommendation in 10 best free media players for Windows list.  It is one of the most recommended media players for Windows 10.

5KPlayer is able to play all kinds of video and audios without any extra plugins. It comes with the simple and clear interface and more famous for streaming playing features instead of offline plays.

5KPlayer let you import videos and music from Facebook, YouTube, MTV, Vimeo and more.

Supported Platforms: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

If you are using any other media player and think it deserves to be in 10 best free media players for Windows list then feel free to let us know in the below comment section.

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