Installing VLC Player From Cydia: A Video Walkthrough

By , Jan 9, 2011

Yesterday, Alex posted an in-depth article explaining the reasons why VLC Media Player was removed from the App Store. As you know, VLC Media Player is the popular video application that allows you to play a variety of video formats on your iPhone.

VLC Media Player is extremely popular on PCs and Macs, so it’s wasn’t surprising that it was an app that many looked forward to on the iPhone.

Sadly, as you know, the app has been removed, but don’t weep too many tears; VLC can still be installed on your iPhone, and this video walkthrough will show you how, step-by-step…

Once you install VLC Player from Cydia, remember that the method for putting videos in your VLC library is a bit different than it was for the official App Store version. Since this version is not from the App Store, iTunes will no longer allow you to sync videos to your library through its interface.

Instead, you will need to follow these instructions:

  • Install OpenSSH via Cydia
  • Connect using your favorite SFTP client
  • Browse to /var/mobile/Documents
  • Upload your videos
  • Close and reopen VLC

Again, it’s not as easy as it was before, but these steps are still pretty straightforward. Remember that you will need a jailbroken iPhone in order to use this tutorial.

Are you happy to see VLC Media Player back on the iPhone?

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  • Z

    I got lucky I guess. I was cleaning up the apps and was thinking of removing it the day it was pulled. Glad I didn’t =) I was looking forward to updates though… The app is buggy

  • Kingz

    Save urself time and just download vlc from installous.

    • Anonymous

      true!

  • StanTheMan

    Actually Jeff, R.petrich stated yesterday in a Tweet that he pushed a better version (VLC 1.1.1) to a stock repo on Cydia. No need to add his repo. Just search for VLC and it will show up as ZodTTD’s package.

  • David

    Doesn’t work on my 3G unfortunately, installs fine but just crashes on load. Presumably just like the original VLC from the App Store which couldn’t be installed at all.

  • http://iphonescreenprotectorblog.com/ Bobby Mikels

    Same thing goes with me David. I hope Apple can do something about this mess.

    • Anonymous

      yeah they pulled it… .o0( worldofdumbasses… )

  • Alex

    If you’re against piracy, I understand, but since VLC was free in the appstore you will not be harming the developer in any way by installing this app via Installous/Apptrackr.

  • Eric Morgan

    I have been an Iphone user for almost 3 years and VLC was one of the first apps I looked for. Finally, after months of rumors I got it and am sooo glad I did. I have yet to jailbreak my phone, but the way I use VLC, if I couldn’t have it anymore I definitely would. Peace everyone, I’m going to go enjoy Gamer using VLC on my bus trip to see my bro.

  • http://bob.com Gorgonphone

    This app does not play aidio properly on 5.11 encoded files its a damn pain..

  • hmmm

    ok, so an sftp client is something like winscp, right?

  • andrew

    I still have the app store version of VLC installed.
    I believe it’s 1.1.0 but I’m not sure.
    The fact that this wonderful app does not properly play 5.1 audio is indeed a PITA.
    @gongonphone: can you (or anyone) confirm that the current 1.1.1 version still has this problem?

  • dezudas

    ya I found the same problem with my version 1.1.1

  • http://www.lovethosesneaker.com Authentic

    Welcome to a Facebook Page about mine,I’ve learned a lot from your blog here,Keep on going,my friend,I will keep an eye on it,One more thing,thanks for your post!.

  • Javier

    Hello everybody,

    I hope you could help me. I have installed the VLC Media player (v.1.1.1) in my jailbreaked Ipad. Everything works fine but when I try to watch a film (.avi), I couldn’t hear anything. The message audio not available appears in ipad. I’ve tried with another extension (.mp4), first convert .avi to .mp4 and place in ipad in the extension that recommends the program. And it doesn’t work.
    Thanks in advance
    Regards
    Javier

  • http://taylor-made.webs.com Lol

    “So, you just tap that” ha

  • Xavier du Coudray

    Guys I’ve been looking but I can’t find how to add videos to the VLC app (cydia installed) to my iPad via wifi. I’ve read somewhere it was possible, I think through openSSH. I’ve got Winscp installed but I can’t work it out. Doesn’t show up in VLC when I add it to var/mobile/media. what to do?

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I uploaded test movies to /private/var/mobile/Media and VLC can’t find them. Any help on this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/eimajsk8 Jamie Muirhead

      I am in the same boat and can’t Find any info anywhere….is the sftp provider on iPad or Mac? Ppl just post the copied info with no secondary info on how to do that

      • Anonymous

        I used Filezilla to connect and upload files. The files showed up after a full restart on my iPod Touch. Also I found another app OpenStreamer @ Cydia which has a poor interface but plays many more formats (ogg flac etc).

      • Anonymous

        I used Filezilla to connect and upload files. The files showed up after a full restart on my iPod Touch. Also I found another app OpenStreamer @ Cydia which has a poor interface but plays many more formats (ogg flac etc).

  • Ricardo Santos

    i can’t do it

  • Travis Donley

    Version 1.1.0 can be synced right through iTunes, but can only be found on Installous or Appcake.

  • Paco

    Correction:

    Install OpenSSH via Cydia
    Connect using your favorite SFTP client
    Browse to /var/mobile/Media (not Documents)

    If you have already uploaded your videos to the Documents folder, you can easily move them to Media folder using the SFTP client. I am using WinSCP.