VLC Blu-ray Windows 11/10/Mac – How Can I Play Blu-ray with VLC on PC & Mac ?

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Can VLC play Blu-ray disc on Windows and Mac? I put my Blu-ray disc into VLC but it popped up with an error “Your input can’t be opened: VLC is unable to open the disc.” Why is VLC not working to play Blu-ray? Are there any solutions?

Conceivably, VLC is the most popular as well as powerful free and open source tool in the market. The 2.0 and later version of VLC Media Player support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations. You can download the latest version from VLC official website. However, for legal reasons, AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys still are not shipped. That means only Blu-ray disc with AACS libraries exposed (unencrypted Blu-rays) are supported by VLC. Feel frustrated? Don’t worry! There are always solutions out there to get VLC and protected Blu-ray to play nicely. Below I will introduce some possible solutions. Check here.

Part 1. How to Play Blu-rays on VLC Windows 11/10/8/7 and VLC Mac
Part 2. Why and How to Fix VLC Won’t Play Blu-ray Errors
Part 3. [Recommended] Hassle-free Way to Play Blu-ray Disc on Windows & Mac

Part 1. How to Play Blu-rays on VLC Windows 11/10/8/7 and VLC Mac

Step 1: Go to videolan.org, download, install and run the latest version of VLC for your Windows or Mac system.

You’d better upgrade to VLC 3.0 first if you are still using the old version. Please note that you will need to download the VLC Windows 64bit version if it is a 64bit Windows compute.

Step 2: Go to: http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ to download the KEYS DATABASE(KEYDB.cfg) and AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY(libaacs.dll for Windows or libaacs.dylib for Mac).

Step 3: Place your file to certain folder and start playback

For Windows Users

Please notice that there are two different files of AACS dynamic library available at a Windows-based computer, and you should download the 32bit file for VLC 32bit, and 64bit file for VLC 64bit.

1. Go to “C:\ProgramData”, create a new folder in it and name it “aacs”. After that, place your downloaded “KEYDB.cfg” file into it.

2. Go to “C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC”, then drop your downloaded “libaacs.dll” file into it. If running 64bit VLC, you will need to find your VLC directory in “C:\Program Files (x86)”.:

3. Now, you can easily launch VLC and use it to play Blu-ray disc on Windows for free. Just need to click on “Media” > “Open Disc” > “Blu-ray”..

For Mac Users

1. KEYS Database Put “KEYDB.cfg” in ~/Library/Preferences/aacs/ (create it if it does not exist).

2. AACS Dynamic Library

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

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

Part 2. Why and How to Fix VLC Won’t Play Blu-ray Errors

Even you have successfully installed VLC 3.0 or above and follow all the steps above, you likely still encounter errors like:

• This blu-ray disc needs a library for bd+ decoding, and your system does not have it.
• This blu-ray disc needs a library for aacs decoding, and your system does not have it.
• No valid processing key found in AACS config file.
• Missing AACS configuration file!
• Your input can’t be opened.
• VLC keep Blu-ray loading but nothing presents.

This is because not all the commercial Blu-ray discs are supported by VLC media player so that you 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 ship with the Blu-ray discs, as their publishers seem to take everyone as a pirate, even you already spend money just for personnel movie enjoyment.

Actually, VLC Blu-ray playback errors are mostly caused by the copy protection and regional settings on the Blu-ray. There are a diversified of Blu-ray copy protections except for AACS, region code ranging from BD+, Cinavia, to MKB, which is hard to crack with key database and AAC dynamic library installed. While playing damaged/scratched Blu-ray is unresponsive in VLC.

You can try to find an alternative to VLC media player to play the unsupported Blu-ray discs. But what if you want to play Blu-ray movies on mobile devices like iPad, iPhone or Android smartphones, tablets? If you still can’t solve VLC not playing Blu-ray issue after trying every efforts, you can digitize Blu-ray to format that VLC will accept without worrying about the protection or Blu-ray fragility. This is the most efficient and easiest solution to fix the issue. And this way can also help you protect your Blu-rays against any scratch or damage and manage them in a more convenient way.

Part3. [Recommended] Hassle-free Way to Play Blu-ray Disc on Windows & Mac

If the above steps of playing Blu-ray disc on VLC are kind of complicated for you, or even some knotty problems may occur as mentioned above, our recommendation is UFUSoft Blu-ray Player.

It performs excellent in playing encrypted Blu-ray disc/folder/ISO image without downloading any extra file. Meanwhile, with most advanced technology, it supports to encrypt DRM protection and region code so that you can play Blu-ray disc directly like playing common videos. That’s also the reason why it can show you Blu-ray movie at 1080P HD quality without any loss of frame.

One of its star features is cinema-like video and audio quality. It’s able to playback advanced audios like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc. Moreover, it preserved all the chapters, scenes, audio tracks and subtitles in Blu-ray disc for your better enjoyment.

Step 1. Download and Install UFUSoft Blu Ray Player

Choose the right version for your operating system to download and then install UFUSoft Blu-ray Player on your computer. It will take seconds to finish this process. Then, launch it.

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Step 2. Insert Blu-ray Disc You Want to Play

Connect the optical drive with your computer and then insert the Blu-ray disc you want to play back. Then click “Open Disc” on the main interface. The program will detect the Blu-ray disc automatically.

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You need to be connected to the Internet so that the software can decode the copy-protection used on the commercial Blu-ray disc.

Step 3. Successfully Play Blu-ray Movie

After loading, you can see the cover of your Blu-ray movie. Here you can choose the title, chapter, audio track, or subtitle track. Or you can directly click on “Play Movie” to start playing the Blu-ray main movie.

Now you may have a clear understanding on how to play Blu-ray with VLC or UFUSoft Blu-ray Player. If you pursue time-saving operation, UFUSoft Blu-ray Player can be a competitive VLC alternative that suits you better. Hope this post can help you and if you have other problems on playing Blu-ray disc.