Play Blu-ray with VLC on Windows or Mac and Errors Play Blu-ray with VLC

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VLC Media Player is the most famous video player software in the market. It can play almost all kinds of videos and even DVDs. Since blu-ray movies bring HD watching experience to us, many people also ask, “Can VLC play Blu-ray Disc?”.

VLC doesn’t offer direct support for blu-ray disc, but the 2.0 and later version of VLC Media Player support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations. Though the setup might be troublesome and a litter tricky, many people may still want to know how to play Blu-ray with VLC on Mac or Windows computer.

In this article, we will show you how to use VLC to play Blu-ray step by step. Of course, all this assumes you have a Blu-ray drive; remember that DVD drives won’t play your Blu-ray discs.

How to Use VLC to Play Movies on Windows 10/8/7?

VLC official site claims that the 2.0 and later version support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations. So please upgrade your VLC Media Player if you are still using the old version. The following is the detail guide to play Blu-ray disc with VLC on Windows computer.

Step 1. Download and the latest version of VLC media player from on your computer.

Step 2. Go to to download the KEYS DATABASE(KEYDB.cfg) and AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY (libaacs.dll for Windows or libaacs.dylib for Mac).

Please notice you should download 32-bit files for 32-bit VLC, and 64-bit files for 64-bit VLC to install KEYS DATABASE by the path.

Step 3. Go to the “C:Usersyour usernameAppData”.

Step 4. Enable viewing hidden files. Click “Under Folder Options” and then click on “View” tab then select “Show hidden files and folders” and click “OK”.

Step 5. Create a new folder in the “AppData” with name aacs, and place the downloaded KEYDB.cfg key file in it.

Step 6. Download AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY on your computer and install. Just go to “c:Program Files” or “c:Program Files (x86)” if running 64bit, and navigate to “Video LAN > VLC”, then paste or drag and drop libaacs.dll into it.

Step 7. Now, you can easily play Blu-Ray disc with VLC on Windows for free. Please note that the latest VLC still doesn’t have menu support yet.

How to Play Blu-Ray Movies with VLC on Mac?

The way to play Blu-ray Movies with VLC on Mac is similar to that of on Windows computer. Just follow the steps below.

Step 1. Download and the latest version of VLC media player from on your Mac.

Step 2. Go to:, get the necessary files.
1. KEYS Database
Mac OS: put it in ~/Library/Preferences/aacs/ (create it if it does not exist)
2.AACS Dynamic Library

Mac OS: right-click on VLC, choose “Show package contents” and put that file in Contents/MacOS/lib/

Step 3. Run VLC and insert your Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray drive, and open it with VLC, then your Blu-ray movie will start playing in VLC.

Tips: VLC does not yet support Blu-ray menus so you must manually select title to play. Also, not all Blu-ray movies are supported.

Errors You May Encounter When Playing Blu-ray in VLC

Even you have successfully installed VLC 2.0 or above and follow all the steps above, you are likely still encounter errors like “this blu-ray disc needs a library for bd+ decoding, and your system does not have it”, “Your input can’t be opened:” or “VLC keep Blu-ray loading but nothing presents.”

Unfortunately, not all the Blu-ray disc are supported by VLC Media Player so might encounter the problem from time to time. VLC can only deal with discs which its library has the corresponding AACS keys, yet the AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys won’t shipped with the Blu-ray discs, as their publishers seem to take everyone as pirate, even you already spend money just for personnel movie enjoyment.

I must say the problem that “VLC Won’t Play Blu-ray” is difficult to fix.

In this case, you need a more powerful Blu-ray Player software as an alternative to play your favorite movies.

Best Way to Play Blu-Ray Movies

If you thought that using VLC to play Blu-ray Disc is too complex to handle, then you will love
UFUSoft Blu-ray Player can play back Blu-ray Disc/Folder/ISO file, common videos and 1080p HD videos and even 4K videos smoothly on Windows and Mac. It supports to play back advanced audios like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc. For better user experience, it provides detailed navigation and full playback control and allows people to choose their favorite subtitles, audio tracks and videos during playback etc.

This software is easy-to-use. It seems that you can just insert the disc and then open to play it. Follow the 3 steps below to play Blu-ray with the easiest way.

Step 1. Download the program.

Click the “Download” button to get the free trial version of UFUSoft Blu-ray Player on your computer.

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Step 2. Insert Blu-ray Disc or Choose Blu-ray Folder or ISO File

Connect an external Blu-ray drive to your computer and then insert a Blu-ray disc to the drive. Then, click “Open Disc” and load the Blu-ray disc to the program.

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Note: You need to be connected to the Internet so that the software can decode the copy-protection used on the discs.

Step 3. Play Blu-ray Movie

After loading, you can see the main interface of your movie. Here you can choose the Chapter, Audio Track, Subtitle or Titles. Or you can directly click “Play Movie” to start play Blu-ray.

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