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VLC 3.0.12 and 3.0.13 automatic updater issue

A bug in the auto updater will prevent Windows users to automatically update

This is only relevant to Windows users

Short version:


This notice applies to VLC 3.0.13 and VLC 3.0.12 users.
Due to a mistake introduced in the automatic updater code, updates will be downloaded, verified for integrity, but will not be installed. This is bad and we would like to apologize for this.


In order to update to 3.0.14, you will need to go to to download and install VLC manually.
You can find details instructions on how to do so here

If you already ran the updater and it downloaded the installer, you can run it manually by opening a file explorer (Windows key + E, or just click the explorer icon) and enter %TEMP% as the location.
You'll see the installer there. It will be named «vlc-3.0.14-win32.exe» or «vlc-3.0.14-win64.exe» respectively depending on whether you're using a 32bit or 64bit version of Windows.

3.0.12 update screen

Post mortem explanation:

On May 10th 2021, the VideoLAN organization released VLC 3.0.13, and enabled auto updates.
This usually would be fairly straightforward, a prompt would appear informing you that an update is available, you click download and install, and that would be the end of it.
However and unfortunately, for this particular update, a few additional tedious (if not painful) steps will be necessary.
The issue was introduced in 3.0.12, but it didn't become obvious until we started rolling out 3.0.13.
While the issue was fixed for 3.0.14, we can't rely on that fix for people who've installed 3.0.12 already.

The commit that introduced the bug
The commit that fixed the bug for future releases

Download Updated VLC

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For any questions related to this release, please contact us.