VideoLAN VLC media player

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Most Common Setup Type
Legacy Setup with no known command line support
Average Package Difficulty Rating
Rated 3 / 5 (Average) based on 4 ratings
Most Commonly Reported Deployment Method
Repackaged (to a legacy setup.exe)
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Note
Like version 1.x - same way:

1. Download 7zip or zip package and unpack
2. Create MSI
3. Create a link to the vlc.exe with parameter:

vlc.exe "--no-qt-privacy-ask" "--no-qt-updates-notif"

...starts VLC without any notifications.

Have fun - greetings from switzerland!
GT
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Command Line

This is an update for VLC 2.0.2 This works in LANDesk and I have tried it on 10 machine so far and works perfect. The Command switches are below

/L=1033 /S /NCRC 

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Command Line
The syntax from previous versions seems to still work:
vlc-2.0.0-win32.exe /S /V/qn. It does briefly display an empty command window as it installs the cache manager, but that soon goes away.
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VLC-Installer customization for unattended installation (Windows 64 Bit-Version 2.1.5 Rincewind)
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Customizations:
- No installation of the webbrowser-plugins (Active X and Firefox)
- No (additional) startmenu- and no desktopshortcuts
- No privacy- and update-notifications on VLC-programstart
- Choose the filetype-associations to VLC

Requirements:
- VLC-Downloadpackage (7-Zip-Archiv) http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/last/win64/
- NSIS (Nullsoft Installer System) http://sourceforge.net/projects/nsis/
- Texteditor (I used Notepad++)

Notes:
I haven't found an option to deactivate the update-notifier completely inside the VLC options. This customization only disables the notifiers at
program start for every user (i hope). To set this option (Activate updates notifier) in the VLC prefs, the VLC configuration file(s) must be edited. It seems that this must to be done for every user because VLC creates this files with default prefs in users appdata/roaming/vlc directory when user starts the program for the first time. If someone has a solution for this please tell us.

1) Unpack the archive and editing of the installer-scriptfile vlc.win32.nsi
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Line number: Changes

Disable Browser-Plugins in the installer (using ; to comment the lines out):
 26: ;!define INSTALL_ACTIVEX
 27: ;!define INSTALL_MOZILLA
 
Change default language (default language is in the first line. for example for german language):
118: "German"
119: "English"
120: "French"

Some script-errors must be corrected here (otherwise the compiler will fail):
168: replace / with \
169: replace / with \
170: replace / with \

Change VLC program start parameters to deactivate VLC privacy- and update-notifiers:
227: [...]'"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file "%1"'
248: "$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" "--no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif"

Don't create some additional start menu shortcuts (using ; to comment the lines out):
249: ;CreateShortCut[...]\VLC media player skinned.lnk" \
251: ;CreateShortCut[...]\Documentation.lnk" \
253: ;CreateShortCut[...]\Release Notes.lnk" \
255: ;CreateShortCut[...]\${PRODUCT_GROUP} Website.lnk" \
257: ;CreateShortCut[...]\VLC media player - reset preferences and cache files.lnk" \

Don't create a VLC desktop shortcut (using ; to comment the line out):
263: ;CreateShortCut "$DESKTOP\VLC media player.lnk" \

Some more VLC program start parameters must be edited (see above):
307: '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file cdda:///%1'
310: '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file dvd:///%1'
364: '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file dvd:///%1'
370: '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file cdda:///%1'
376: '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file vcd:///%1'
382: '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file vcd:///%1'
388: '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif %1'

2) Edit the additional installer script file helpers\extensions.nsh
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Line number: Changes

Some more VLC program start parameters must be edited (see above):
 19: WriteRegStr HKCR "VLC$R0\shell\Open\command" "" '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file "%1"'
 40: WriteRegStr HKCR "VLC$R0\shell\Open\command" "" '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" -Iskins --skins2-last --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif "%1"'

Unwanted VLC file type association can be commented out beginning with line 103:
For example, if you not want wmv-files be played with VLC for default:
205: ;!insertmacro ${_action} Video ".wmv"

Again some VLC program start parameters to be edited (see above):
240: WriteRegStr HKCR ${EXT}\shell\PlayWithVLC\command "" '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file --no-playlist-enqueue "%1"'
243: WriteRegStr HKCR ${EXT}\shell\AddToPlaylistVLC\command "" '"$INSTDIR\vlc.exe" --no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif --started-from-file --playlist-enqueue "%1"'

3) Now you can compile the script-file vlc.win32.nsi using NSIS
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Rightclick vlc.win32.nsi and choose "Compile NSIS Script".
The VLC setupfile will be created one directory level above.

4) Start the silent installation of the customized VLC installer
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vlc-2.1.5-win64.exe /S

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Legacy Setup with command line support
Deployment Method Used: Repackaged (to a legacy setup.exe)
Deployment Difficulty: Somewhat Difficult
Platform(s): Windows
  • worked like a charm. Thanks!
    I used it for 2.2.0.
    The line-numbers changed a little bit, but no problem at all.
    If anybody wanne do the same, get my customized files or even the compiled nsoft installer here ( Version 2.2.0)

    [[[vlc.win32.nsi]]]
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8qYQyX2Z98dbkpwdmNDNnpNTDQ/view?usp=sharing

    [[[extension.nsh]]]
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8qYQyX2Z98dZmlESzRrU1hqc0U/view?usp=sharing

    [[[vlc 2.2.0 recompilled]]]
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8qYQyX2Z98dU3pmWnF4MGJIcHM/view?usp=sharing
  • Hi! I test your process and it worked like a charm. Thank you!
    Do you have the process to uninstall silently vlc?
    Thanks
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Virtualization

App-V 5.0 works a treat in all aspects inc. Context Menu's and Explorer Integration.

perform the standard setup then edit the Start Menu shortcut for the no prompt launch trick:

vlc.exe "--no-qt-privacy-ask" "--no-qt-updates-notif"

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (Delivered as an EXE)
Deployment Method Used: Virtual deployment (using application virtualization)
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
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Note
If installing the vlc-2.0.0-win32.exe version you can use the following switches to install the base software silently: vlc-2.0.0-win32.exe /S /V/qn To disable auto-updates and without notifications you can either: A) Create a shortcut with parameters as suggested by gaftermy B) Make the following changes to the file found in C:\Users\<CurrentUsername>\AppData\Roaming\vlc and then copy the file to the Default user profile path: C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\vlc which will automatically copy over to the current user directory on first login. #qt-recentplay-filter= # Activate the updates availability notification (boolean) qt-updates-notif=0 ... #qt-slider-colours=153;210;153;20;210;20;255;199;15;245;39;29 # Ask for network policy at start (boolean) qt-privacy-ask=0
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vlc-2.0.1-win32.exe /L=1033 /S /NCRC

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I found an MSI version at http://people.videolan.org/~etix/msi/.  With that I was able to generate a Transform.  Generate a new Transform using Orca or your MSI editor of choice.

To delete the desktop shortcut, go to "Shortcut" and delete the row titled "DesktopShortcut".

To suppress the "Privacy and Network Policies" window and disable auto-updates, go the "Shortcut" and add the following argument to the "VLCShortcut".

--no-qt-privacy-ask --no-qt-updates-notif

Save the new transform and you are good to go.

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  • Thanks for the link to the msi packages, but somehow I have a problem with them....I tried Version 2.0.1 to 2.0.5

    As soon as I change something in the msi with a mst file, I get error messages from the msi, or an extra folder in the start menu (under vlc)...this happens also if I just delete the desktop shortcut with an mst file. Anyone else hast the same issue?
  • yes, I get the same problem.
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Command Line
The command line options for a silent install in English are:
/L=1033 /S
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The command line /L=1033 doesn't force the installation in English for me.

The only way I found to install VLC in english in silent mode is to set the "Region and Language" Format to "English (United States)" then run the silent install.
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vlc-2.x.x-win32.exe /L=1031 /S /NCRC

(1031 for german, 1033 for eng) runs pretty perfectly 

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Download from:

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html#download

Features

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/features.html

 

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VLC media player

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2.0.0

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C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\uninstall.exe C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\uninstall.exe D:\Audio & Graphics Applications\VLC\uninstall.exe

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