VLC numbers

One of the most asked question is about the VLC download numbers. Don't ask me why, this comes all the time back on the subject.

We decided for the 1.1.x releases to use the new sourceforge download service.

There were 2 main reasons to do so:

  • it provides quite interesting statistics and numbers per file, per OS, per date...
  • it makes a 3rd party count our numbers, so we can't be accused of cheating, as we were accused in the past.

Therefore, I'll give a few insights on VLC 1.1.x (1.1.0, 1.1.1 and 1.1.2) download stats.

1.1.x download stats

Those download numbers have been done in the first 50 days after the VLC 1.1.0 release.


The average is around 640k (640000) downloads per day, in total, on the official mirror (sourceforge).

This accounts to around 19 million downloads per month...

Operating systems

This OS repartition is quite simple:

  • Win32 is 86,7%
  • Mac OS X is 13%
  • Source is around 0,3%

Of course, this doesn't mean that we don't have any Linux users. It is just that they use their distributions, which is the correct way to do it.

Countries repartition

One the most interesting topic is the repartition per country.

Here is the diagram of the most important downloading countries.

  • USA is 14,5%
  • Germany and France are both a bit above 10%
  • Italy, India and UK are around 5%

Numbers for smaller countries are available on request.

VLC download numbers

Update vs Direct download

The last important number I will share with you today is the repartition between direct downloads from the website against update from within VLC.

  • Direct downloads are around 40% of the total downloads
  • Updates are therefore 60% of the total downloads

This explains why the videolan.org website doesn't get 19 million visitors per month, but just around 8 or 9 million.