5KPlayer: The Best VLC Alternative to Download and Play Videos

Today we’re taking a look at a fine video application from DearMob that has been making Mac and Windows users happy for four years — 5KPlayer. To celebrate the fourth birthday of this free app, DearMob is not only inviting Apple World Today readers to download the app for free, but to take part in a sweepstakes to win one of ten Home Theater Combos.

What Is 5KPlayer?

5KPlayer can do a lot for Mac owners who are tired of switching between apps to take care of their media download and playing needs.

With this one app, Mac users can:

  • Play 4K / 5K / 1080p HD videos, DVD and streaming radio

  • Play MP3 / AAC / APE / FLAC music perfectly

  • Wirelessly stream audio/video via AirPlay and DLNA with no quality loss

  • Download online videos from various sources

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There’s a Giveaway!

5KPlayer is having a birthday and you get the presents! Download 5KPlayer for Mac and have a chance to win one of ten Home Theater Combos to make your video-watching experience more fun. The combos contain:

  • HD projector and indoor screen ($140 value)

  • Roku Ultra ($80 value)

  • Popcorn Maker! ($100 value)

Anyone who enters also gets a VideoProc License ($78.90 value). 

Why Download 5KPlayer?

Mac users often find themselves with a variety of video playback and streaming apps to meet their needs. Apple’s own QuickTime Player can handle certain formats, while VLC is a popular open-source media player. For other video download and network streaming solutions, people find themselves downloading µTorrent and similar apps. Want to rotate video or watch foreign videos with subtitles? You’re probably looking at even more apps.

5KPlayer is a hardware-accelerated free movie and video player that can render 4K-5K-8K videos in the MP4, H.265-264, VP8 - VP9, MTS, MKV and FLV formats. Have online streams, HD dashcam videos, phone recordings or multi-region DVDs you wish to watch? 5KPlayer handles them all smoothly without a glitch. Get the VLC alternative for Mac, and do away with a collection of inferior apps.

With an easy to understand user interface, you can accomplish most of your video and audio viewing or listening tasks. As an example, here’s what the main screen looks like:

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Audiophiles aren’t left out of the fun, either. 5KPlayer detects and plays Rstereo, Dolby, and DTS multi-channel surround sound in a variety of formats, including MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC and ALAC.

The Download Champ

Want to download online videos for offline viewing? 5KPlayer is the perfect app for downloading video and music from over 300 online video and audio sites. 

These aren’t just low-resolution versions of movies and shows, either — 5KPlayer can download MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI and VR 360° video in 4K - 5K - 8 K Ultra HD or 1080p HD resolutions. Music arrives in the popular MP3, AAC and FLAC formats from a number of top music sharing sites. 

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We don’t have the space to list all of the video sites here, but you can check for your favorite sources on this page.

Stream From Any Device to Any Other Device

5KPlayer also makes it extremely simple to play video on one device and watch on another via Apple AirPlay and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). 

The AirPlay receiver capabilities of 5KPlayer make it a way to display iOS screens — either from iPhone or iPad — on macOS Mojave and Windows 10. Want to record iOS screen captures with sound directly onto your Mac? It’s easy to do with 5KPlayer!


With DLNA-enabled streaming, 5KPlayer turns your Mac into a DLNA controller for streaming movies and music from the computer to an Android TV or other DLNA-certified devices wirelessly. 

It’s also possible to stream videos and music from an Android phone to your Mac. 5KPlayer’s abilities as a DLNA renderer lets DLNA-enabled apps like AllCast, BubbleUPnP, and others recognize those streams for playback.

Finally, your Mac becomes a DLNA media server, merging its own media library into the DLNA server so any DLNA-certified device can take advantage of it.

5KPlayer is Free: Give It A Try

The best things in life are free, and that’s true of 5KPlayer. Just click here to download 5KPlayer, and register with a valid email address for a chance to win a Home Theater Combo in the 5KPlayer fourth birthday celebration giveaway. While you’re at it, be sure to pick up a copy of VideoProc as well for the rest of your video watching needs.