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Friday, September 30, 2011

VLC player comes to Android

Web Interface


Enable web interface of VLC
Activate the web interface of VideoLAN Client:
  1. Open VLC
  2. Click on Tools >> Preferences
  3. Select Show settings >> All in the bottom left corner
  4. Click on Interface >> Main interfaces
  5. Check the HTTP remote control interface checkbox
  6. Make sure the main interface (interface module) is still Default, otherwise you won't have a GUI for VLC any more
  7. Click Save
To control VLC from a different device and to have full control:
Edit .hosts file to allow network connection
  1. Close VLC
  2. Go to the installation directory of VLC (referred to as <DIRECTORY_of_VLC>)
  3. Either download our provided vlc.zip file [easy]:
    1. Open the zip file
    2. Copy the folder http from the zip file into the directory of VLC
    3. Make sure that all folders and files are replaced:
      • The files may be hidden
      • Replace .hosts inside of <DIRECTORY_of_VLC>/http directory
      • Replace status.xml inside of <DIRECTORY_of_VLC>/http/requests directory 

         

  4. Or perform the changes manually [advanced]:
    1. Open the folder http
    2. Open the file .hosts for editing (may be hidden)
    3. Find the section private addresses
    4. Uncomment (remove #-sign) the following lines (lines 14-19)
    5. Save the file
    6. Open the directory <DIRECTORY_of_VLC>/http/requests
    7. Open the file status.xml for editing
    8. Go to line 103-105
    9. Look for this:
    1.  <vlc id="if" param1="command value 'key' strcmp 0 =" />
    2.     <vlc id="rpn" param1="'key-' val value strcat 'VLC_OBJECT_LIBVLC' vlc_var_get key-pressed 'VLC_OBJECT_LIBVLC' vlc_var_set" />
    3.  <vlc id="end"/>
    and change it to:
    1.  <vlc id="if" param1="command value 'key' strcmp 0 =" />
    2.     <vlc id="rpn" param1="'key-' val value strcat vlc_config_get key-pressed 'VLC_OBJECT_LIBVLC' vlc_var_set" />
    3.  <vlc id="end"/>
Optional tests (VLC must be running):
  1. Test the connection locally: Enter http://localhost:8080 (be sure to replace 8080 with VLC's port) in a browser on your computer
    • It is working: VLC's web interface is up and running
    • It is not working: Check if VLC's web interface is correctly enabled
  2. Test the connection locally with IP: Enter http://[IP-ADDRESS]:8080 (replace 8080 with VLC's port and [IP-ADDRESS] with the IP address of the PC where the service is running) in a browser on your computer
    • It is working: VLC's web interface can be accessed via the IP address of the computer
    • It is not working: Check if .hosts file has been changed correctly
  3. Test the connection remotely: Enter http://[IP-ADDRESS]:8080 (replace 8080 with VLC's port and [IP-ADDRESS] with the IP-address of the PC where the service is running) in a browser on a different device
    • It is working: VLC's web interface can be accessed remotely
    • It is not working: VLC or its port is blocked by a security program

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