How to Save a Stream With VLC

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How to Save a Stream With VLC
Record streaming audio and video with the advanced controls in VLC media player. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The VLC media player from VideoLan will play most common audio and video file formats from your hard drive, as well as CDs and DVDs. You can also use VLC to view streaming video on the Internet or listen to streaming audio like an Internet radio show. The VLC media player will record anything that is playing in the player, whether it's a DVD or audio streaming on the Internet and save it to your hard drive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the VLC media player. Click "Media," then "Open Network Stream."

  2. 2

    Click the Network tab and enter the address of the network stream. This can be a URL such as "," a network address like "" or a link to an ASX or PLS file stored on a Web server. Click "Play."

  3. 3

    Click "View," then "Advanced Controls." This adds a "Record" button to the VLC interface.

  4. 4

    Click the "Record" button to begin recording the stream. The background of the "Record" button changes to blue while it is recording. Press the "Record" button again to stop recording. Press the "Stop" button to stop recording and stop listening to the stream.

Tips and warnings

  • VLC saves your file in the Music or Video library on your Windows 7 computer. The saved file is automatically named with the date, time and title of the stream.

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