[vlc-devel] Plug-in VLC

Mazuho mazuho at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 15:04:07 CEST 2009

I have a few questions that I hope someone will have the answers for.

We are trying to develop a plug-in for VLC. Our goal with this plug-in is
that the user won't have to download a new version of VLC, only the plug-in.
If I have grasped the general terminology; this is generally what plug-ins
are for, correct? And presuming this is correct, is it possible to test the
functionality of this plug-in without having to recompile VLC every time?
And where can I read what functions the plug-in can call?

Basically the only thing we need to do right now is 1. Get the name of the
file, 2. Post this to a server online, 3. Get and write out the result in
VLC. We will communicate via html and php to the online service of ours. 4.
If the string returned is an URL, make it clickable ( and if clicked, open
the OS's default browser). I believe this last step might be a bit

We would like everything to be shown in VLC's GUI so an external program is
not a solution (I think). I hope I don't sound too stupid now but VLC as a
project is extremely complex for us.
Thanks for reading!
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