3 Ways To Fix VLC Is Unable To Open MRL (Easily)

VLC is one of the most used media players over the globe, especially in Windows OS. Despite being a free multimedia player, it tends to be one of the top competitors or it can be called the best multimedia player right now available. However, some minor errors occur and one of them is VLC Is Unable To Open MRL. 

Fix VLC Is Unable To Open MRL

The MRL error occurs when there is an issue with the location of the file or when the file is located somewhere which is inaccessible to the VLC player or the URL of the file is expired and not accessible to the VLC player, anyways it can be solved and below are some of the best methods to do so. 

1. Reallocate The Media File

As we know the MRL error in the VLC media player is relevant to the location of the file. So, just reallocate the file to a different disk or just cut and paste it into a different folder. At times this could solve the issue and you won’t have to go through the long methods.

Lastly, try not to store the files inside multiple sub-folders. Yes, it sounds illogical but make sure to have the media file on the root folder, storing inside several sub-folders leads to MRL error rarely.

2. Claim/Change user and ownership

This method is for local files in the system. At times multimedia files are inaccessible due to the changes or the settings to the accessibility is set to such an option that denies the user access to the file through the VLC media player. If you go on and change the owner/user, you can probably get through the issue. 

change owner of the file

Steps:

  1. Right-click on the file
  2. Open the properties
  3. Go on to the “Security” option
  4. Click on the “Advanced” option
  5. Now, look for “Owner” and click on “Change
  6. Now, type in a user as “Everyone” then click on “Check Names
  7. Now, click OK and the owner is changed.

So, above was the method to change the owner. Now, read ahead to change the user.

change user of the file

Steps:

  1. Right-click on the file
  2. Open the properties
  3. Go on to the “Security” option
  4. Click on the “Edit” option
  5. Now, look for the “Add” option and click on it
  6. Now, type in a user as “Everyone” then click on “Check Names
  7. Now, click OK and proceed
  8. Then click on the newly created user then grant all the permissions to the created user or just click on “Full control” to enable all the permissions at once
  9. Then simply click on apply and proceed

After you are done with changing users proceed to the next suggested method i.e. error due to system files. At times the security option is not accessible for some files hence, to access it follow the below-mentioned steps.

access security options by creating a copy with minimum information

Steps:

  1. Right-click on the file
  2. Open the properties
  3. Go on to the “Details” option
  4. Click on “Remove properties and personal info” 
  5. Now, there will be another popup
  6. Select the “Create a copy with all possible properties removed” option and click ok
  7. Now, a copy of a similar file will be created and the security option will be available.

3. Check The Source Code

The MRL error often occurs when the media you are trying to access is based on a URL, the source code of the file gets expired which leads to an MRL error. So, the following are the steps to avoid MRL errors.

Before beginning the method make sure and re-check the URL by pasting it in the browser. If it doesn’t work then you know the problem is with the source code rather than VLC

enable VLC thorugh firewall

Steps:

  1. Search for “Firewall” in the windows search bar
  2. Open the “Firewall and network protection” settings
  3. Look for the option “Allow An App through firewall” open it
  4. Click on “Change Settings” on the top area
  5. Then, click on the “Allow Another App” button
  6. Click “Browse” and navigate to the .exe file of the VLC player, select and “Add
  7. Now, check both the “Private” and “Public” box to enable the app through the firewall
  8. And you are done. 

Now, check the antivirus too because at times it also disables files to open certain URLs. 

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FAQS

What is VLC MRL?

This error pops up when the URL source is expired or when the local file you are trying to play is inaccessible.

Why is my vlc only playing the audio but not the video?

There must be some issues with the video file because VLC tends to support a wide range of file systems or you can go on and check through input and codec options to maneuver. 

Conclusion

Some of these were some of the best methods to avoid the MRL error in the VLC media player. Hence, if you found this post useful then share it with those who might get help through this. And do check our website out for more tech-related posts. 

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Shreyash Pradhan
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