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Initial release29 May 2003
Discontinued6.4.9.1 / March 20, 2006
Written inC++
PlatformMicrosoft Windows
Available inEnglish, Czech, Italian, Ukrainian, French, Russian, Hungarian and German
Development statusStalled
TypeMedia player
LicenseGNU General Public License

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Media Player Classic (MPC) is a compact media player for Microsoft Windows. The application mimics the look and feel of the old, light-weight Windows Media Player 6.4 but integrates most options and features found in modern media players. It and its heirs are standard media players in the K-Lite Codec Pack and the Combined Community Codec Pack.

Media Player Classic was originally created and maintained by a programmer named "Gabest". It was developed as a closed-source application, but later relicensed as free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License. MPC is hosted under the guliverkli project at The project itself is something of an umbrella organization for works by Gabest.


MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 playback

Media Player Classic is capable of VCD, SVCD, and DVD playback without installation of additional software or codecs. MPC has built-in codecs for MPEG-2 video with support for subtitles and codecs for LPCM, MP2, 3GP, AC3 and DTS audio. MPC also contains an improved MPEG splitter that supports playback of VCDs and SVCDs using its VCD/SVCD/XCD Reader. On October 30th, 2005, Gabest added *.mp4 and MPEG-4 Timed Text support. An AAC decoding filter has been present in MPC for a while, which makes the player suitable for AAC playback in MP4, and an alternative to both Winamp and iTunes.


Media Player Classic is primarily based on the DirectShow architecture and therefore automatically uses installed DirectShow decoding filters. For instance, after the open source DirectShow decoding filter ffdshow has been installed, fast and high quality decoding and postprocessing of the DivX, Xvid, H.264 and Flash Video formats is available in MPC.

MPC provides DXVA beta support for newer NVIDIA and ATI video cards when using an H.264 or VC-1. This provides hardware-acceleration for playback.

In addition to DirectShow, MPC can also use the QuickTime and the RealPlayer codecs and filters (if installed on the computer) to play their native files.

Matroska and Ogg containers

Media Player Classic supports native playback of OGM and Matroska container formats. However, OGM audio playback is limited by a lack of support for the CoreVorbis DirectShow filter, which mainly affects newer OGM files (c. 2006). The crux of this problem is that MPC is hard-coded to use an older Vorbis filter, so even if one installs newer filters, MPC is unable to use them.

TV tuners

MPC supports playback and recording of television if a supported TV tuner is installed.

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