.VLC File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .VLC file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2023.

VLC File Recovery

What is a .VLC file?

Media playlist used by VLC media player, a free, cross-platform audio and video playback program; saves a playlist in the exact same format as .M3U and .PLS files, but uses the ".vlc" file extension so that it is natively recognized by VLC media player.

What Are Common Causes of ".VLC" Files Lost or Failure?

There are several common causes of ".VLC" files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".VLC" files while trying to clean up their computer or storage devices. This can happen when files are mistakenly selected and deleted without proper backup.
  2. Software or hardware issues: Issues with the VLC media player software or hardware can cause ".VLC" files to become corrupted or inaccessible. This can happen due to software bugs, conflicts with other programs, or hardware malfunctions.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Viruses or malware can infect and damage ".VLC" files, making them unreadable or causing them to be deleted. This can occur when downloading files from untrusted sources or visiting malicious websites.
  4. File system errors: File system errors, such as disk corruption or bad sectors on the storage device, can lead to ".VLC" files becoming lost or failing. These errors can occur due to improper shutdowns, power outages, or physical damage to the storage device.
  5. Operating system updates: Sometimes, when updating the operating system, certain files may become incompatible or unsupported, resulting in the loss or failure of ".VLC" files.
  6. Human error: Human error, such as improper file manipulation, accidental formatting of storage devices, or incorrect file transfers, can lead to the loss or failure of ".VLC" files.

To prevent the loss or failure of ".VLC" files, it is recommended to regularly back up important files, use reliable antivirus software, avoid downloading files from untrusted sources, and handle files with caution to minimize the risk of accidental deletion or corruption.

How to recover lost ".VLC" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".VLC" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".VLC" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".VLC" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".VLC" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".VLC" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".VLC" extension?

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Programs that open ".VLC" files

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Additional Information

  • File type: VLC Playlist

  • File extension: .VLC

  • Developer: VideoLAN

  • Category: Audio Files

  • Format: Text


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Comments (2)

  • Hetman Software: Data Recovery
    Hetman Software: Data Recovery 18.12.2019 13:13 #
    Leave a comment if you have any questions about Recovering lost .VLC files after deleting, cleaning or formatting!
  • Patience
    Patience 9.07.2021 17:27 #
    My VLC is not showing pictures yet I can hear the sound ,please how do I slove this issue The program is on a PC . Thanks Will be glad to hear from you
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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is ".VLC Recovery" and how does it work?

    ".VLC Recovery" is not a specific term or feature related to the popular media player VLC (VideoLAN Client). There is no official or widely known functionality called ".VLC Recovery" within VLC.

    It is possible that you may have come across this term in relation to a specific software or tool that claims to recover VLC files or repair corrupted VLC media files. However, it is important to note that such claims may be misleading or potentially harmful.

    If you encounter any issues with VLC media files, it is recommended to troubleshoot the problem using official VLC support channels or consult reputable software recovery tools. Always exercise caution when downloading or using third-party software, and ensure it is from a trusted source.

  • Can ".VLC Recovery" retrieve deleted or corrupted VLC media files?

    There is no specific feature or tool called ".VLC Recovery" provided by VLC media player. VLC media player itself does not have built-in recovery capabilities for deleted or corrupted files. However, there are third-party file recovery software options available that can potentially recover deleted or corrupted VLC media files. These software tools scan your storage device for deleted or damaged files and attempt to recover them. It is important to note that the success of file recovery depends on various factors such as the extent of damage, file fragmentation, and the actions taken after file deletion.

  • Are there any limitations or requirements for using ".VLC Recovery" software?

    There is no specific software called ".VLC Recovery" that is widely recognized or known. Therefore, it is difficult to provide specific limitations or requirements for a software that does not exist or is not widely used. If you are referring to a specific software, please provide more information or clarify your question.

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