VLC from the command line on macOS


I download podcasts using pypodd , then I want to play the files, but I don’t want to leave the terminal. I found out that VLC has a some command line options, including ad really nice ncurses interface. I made an alias in my .bash_profile which starts VLC in the right way and plays a nominated file:

alias vlc="/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC -I ncurses"

Then in bash I can type:

vlc file.mp3

to open VLC and play the file.

There are lots of other arguments to use VLC in the command line, most of which are documented here .

VLC terminal screenshot