How to Access Media from UPnP or DLNA using VLC

VLC can easily access media from UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) as well as DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). The option is available in the View > Playlist section of the media player. UPnP and DLNA allow you to stream content over your local network. You can see televisions make use of this feature to access videos from your laptops and other devices supporting the standard. It’s like sharing the media content that you have on your computer or phone to other devices without the need to copy and move files. All of them should be connected to the same network or Wi-Fi.

If you have VLC on your computer, you will be accessing the files available via UPnP as well as DLNA. There should be another device sharing media files using this standard or protocol. It’s like a private network for audio and video files.

Here’s how you access media from UPnP or DLNA using VLC:

  • Open up VLC Media Player.
  • Go to View > Playlist [CTRL + L].
  • On the left under Local Network, click on Universal Plug’n’Play.
  • You’ll see a list of files or streaming networks listed on the left.
  • Browse through them and right click on them to Play, Stream or Add to Playlist.
  • You will be playing media from your network in some time.

Accessing Media from UPnP or DLNA using VLC

Note: It can take some time for VLC to discover and list all the folders and sub-folders from your UPnP and DLNA servers.

12 thoughts to “How to Access Media from UPnP or DLNA using VLC”

    1. Yes, it’s a bit ridiculous that this isn’t working on Linux properly. I can even see my DLNA server on my PS3 and that’s crap for almost everything.

  1. upnp and dlna only work in theory, not in the real world
    never seen any of it work on any harware/software
    my nas is supposed to support samba and ftp and dlna: vlc can find nothing.
    so many ways to fail at basic task of allowing access to files over a network.
    Zeroconf, plays for sure, plug and play, dhcp, samba, upnp. all a complete joke.
    2019 and still no amount of money can buy a computer that actually works properly

  2. What versions of VLC does this apply to? I have the latest on my Mac but I have never seen my server in the UPnP list, nothing there at all. I have the latest on my Ubuntu desktop, but again nothing shows up under UPnP. No UPnP on Android, so at least there I am sitting waiting for nothing to happen. Maybe VLC UPnP works on Windows, but I don’t use Windows and if I did I’d use the free UPnP client that Microsoft provides. My TV has a DLNA client so I know the server works. The problems with Mac and Linux VLC UPnP are not new, it’s been years since I’ve seen it work, and I have seen it work, just not in a very long time.

    1. The Mac UPnP issue is due to a hardcoded reference to a network capture in vlc that no longer works; It’s fixed in the next version (3.0.7).

    1. It does apply. I am using it on my android TV box connected to a network and streaming from my Mac Mini using Universal Media Server.

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