FIX : VLC Media Player cannot play YouTube Videos

As we all know VLC Media Player comes with an in-built plugin from which you can stream the youtube videos directly from VLC. All you have to do is to open the link to that video from VLC. Even dragging and dropping a video from the browser to the VLC Media Player would work.

However, many Windows 10 users have complained that they are not able to stream the videos from Youtube in the VLC Media Player. This issue is because of certain settings in the cookies.

If you are facing this issue in your system, read along. In this article, we will be discussing the various different ways to fix the issue.

Fix 1: Disable Cookies Forwarding

NOTE: It is not advisable to use this fix as this can lead to a security breach. Please move forward at your own risk and only if you are on a trusted network

Step 1: Open VLC Media Player

Step 2: From the top menu, click on Tools

Step 3: Then choose Preferences



Tools Preferences



Step 4: In the window that opens, at the bottom left corner, you can see the Show settings section, Select All

Step 5: Now, from the left-hand side menu, Click on Input/Codecs

Step6: And then click on Access modules

Step 7: Within that, click on HTTPS

Step 8: On the right-hand side, untick the Cookies forwarding

Step 9: Click on the Save button.



Vlc Htts Disable Cookies Forwarding


Step 3: Now, try playing the video and check if this works.

That’s All

Fix 2: Download and replace the existing youtube.lua file

Step 1: Open your browser and download youtube.lua file from VLC Player Official Download link 

Step 2: Open Windows explorer using Windows + E

Step 3: In the address bar at the top, copy-paste the below address

For 64-Bit Machines ,

C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\playlist

For 32 bit machines,

C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\playlist

To know whether your PC is 32 bit or 64 bit read here:

Step 4: Locate the youtube.luac file and delete it.



Delte The Lua File Min



Step 5: In another Explorer window, Go to the Downloads folder and copy the youtube.lua file that you downloaded from the link given in Step 1

Step 6: Paste that file in the location given in Step 3

Step 7: Open VLC Media Player

Step 8: Press Ctrl+N to open the Open Media window. Alternatively, choose Media > Open Network Stream from the top menu.

Step 9: Enter the URL of the youtube video you want to Play. Alternatively, just drag and drop the video that you want to play.

Step 10: Hit the Play button



Open Network Window



Fix 3: Rename the youtube.lua file

Step 1: Open Windows explorer using Windows + E

Step 2: In the address bar at the top, copy-paste the below address

For 32-Bit Machines,

C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\playlist

For 64 bit machines,

C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\playlist

Step 3: Locate the youtube.lua file and rename it to youtube.luac

Step 4: Re-open the VLC Player.

Step 5: Now, try streaming the required video again( For details refer to steps 8,9,10 from Fix 1)

Fix 4: Update VLC Media Player

Step 1: Open VLC Media Player

Step 2: From the top menu, choose Help

Step 3: From the drop-down menu, choose to Check for Updates



Update Vlc



Step 4: The system will scan for updates. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Step 5: Close and Re-open the VLC Player

Step 6: Try playing the video and check if this helps.

We hope this article has been informative. Kindly comment and let us know which of the above fix helped in your case.

Thank you for Reading

23 thoughts on “FIX : VLC Media Player cannot play YouTube Videos”

  1. Like others here, I am not usually one for comments on these types of sites, but all I can say is thank you.

    Fix 2 worked for me and the steps are clearly explained.

  2. Thank you, kind stranger. I usually don’t leave comments under these sorts of posts, but this time is special. This was useful + easy to follow + fixed the problem first try + clutch + nice formatting + life-changing.

    jokes aside, thanks

  3. Great tip, fixing the lua file did it for me. It seems that some videos won’t show anyway, I guess those are music videos or age restricted videos,

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