How to Increase VLC Volume up to 800%

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Before you wonder why you might want to increase the volume up to 800%, let us presume for a moment that you don’t have that awesome 7.1 gaming rig. A few good movies and YouTube videos are probably on the web with faint audio tracks and it is impossible to listen to them if your headphones are too far from your seat. And thus, the 800% volume boost would help you in those cases.

How to boost the VLC volume beyond 200%

It is by default that VLC lets you scroll up to 200/400% of the volume in a media. But still for a hell lot of YouTube videos, such volume wouldn’t be audible enough. So for such quiet videos, the VLC volume can be increased up to 800% by using the command prompt.

Step 1: Open a command window inside the VideoLan directory. Navigate to the VideoLan directory C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC Shift  +   Right Click  and then select Open command window here

Or,

Open command prompt and cd C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC

Step 2: Now if you want to stream a YouTube video with a high volume, you should open the VLC player with such high volume before you stream.

Now in your command window type in vlc.exe --volume 1024

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1024 can be replaced with higher levels if the video is damn quiet.

To stream the YouTube video, select Media, select Open Network Stream, and paste the URL.

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Step 3: If you would like to play a movie file, you could follow the same method in the step 2 and finally open the local media file.

Workaround for new versions

For newer versions of VLC ( VLC 3.0 at the time of this edit) the above mentioned steps won’t work. But you still can amplify the volume upto 300% by changing the value of the displayed volume in the Qt interface settings.

To change the volume setting, press  Ctrl  +   P  and then select all in the bottom left corner, as indicated in the screenshot. Then expand the Interface tree and further expand Main interfaces. Now select Qt and change the default value of Maximum Volume displayed from 125 to 200 or 300.

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If your media file is still quite, turn ON your speakers.

Note: Please be careful on opening a media file with too much noise, as it can damage your speakers and even blow them due to distortion at such high volume. And it is VLC! So please do care to reduce the volume levels before you close the player.

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This post was first published on March 28, 2014.

Karthikeyan KC

Aeronautical Engineer, Science Fiction Author, Gamer, and an Explorer. I am the creator of Geekswipe. I love writing about Physics and Astronomy. I am now creating Swyde.

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35 Responses

  1. it worked . I wanted it increase volume to watch a moive. However the sound was sort of blasting

  2. Awesome hack dude. Thanks.

  3. not working for me still 200%

    • Though the volume bar shows only 200%, the volume change (if you have followed the above steps correctly) will be reflected immediately. To update it in the VLC interface, you might need to restart the player.

      • For me the volume is increased but as soon as I change the volume it changes to 200% and I can’t increase it beyond that anymore.

  4. ver 2.1.5 volume increase upto 125% for YouTube streaming

  5. Thank you so much. It works!

  6. This no longer worked for me with the latest version of VLC. Instead, you have to do this.

    (1) Locate your VLC config file (this link should guide you to it: http://www.videolan.org/support/faq.html#Config )
    (2) Make certain that VLC is closed (when it closes it overwrites this file), and then change the option “qt-max-volume=125” to “qt-max-volume=300” (or replace 300 with whatever other value you desire)

    • Ranjith Maim

      Thanks. This helped me.

    • No such option in ver. 2.2.4.

      • The option is available in 2.2.4.

        • Mea culpa; I stated it wrongly (in one file I looked at (vlc-qt-interface) there’s no such line) in vlcrc here is a line that says “qt-max-volume=125”, but when I change it to “qt-max-volume=150” it doesn’t stay.)

          Thanks for the quick response–my hearing is shot and I knew there was a way to increase the volume–but, then my computer died and wiped out all the files!

  7. Works.

  8. Majedeen

    Good one. But for most of the youtube videos, turning on the loudness enhancement or fill speakers feature in the sound setting will make it loud enough to hear.

  9. The TechReader

    Worked for me on the latest version of VLC! I had to close VLC and reopen it after changing the setting to 300. Now I can hear the soft audio by boosting to 300!!!

  10. Ankit Kumar

    IT’S REALLY HELPFUL :D

  11. Ivan Ivanov

    that worked but. Now who can tell me how can i tweak it so that i could do it with ctrl+up arrow. i can increase the volume with ctrl+up arrow up to 200% and above with the mouse only.

  12. Sunnie ! 森。

    Thanks! This worked when i kept pressing the up button. ^.^

  13. superb. your idea is working well. now i am able to hear low volumed videos in high volume. thanks.

  14. not working . it shows 200% but i cant slide it past 100%

  15. Thank you, it worked. in new version it was 125 default…changed it to 200

  16. Desmond J

    It is working. Thanks. Others who are confused, note that the volume can be increased above the 200%. The problem is that volume bar wont show any more than 200%.

  17. Jonathan

    On 2.2.8 Weatherwax. It works. Thank you.

  18. Thank you very much. It worked. I am able to increase volume from 125% up to 300%

  19. nadhiya

    it worked. thankyou