iPhone / iPad Remote Control for VLC – Manual Installation
Step 1 (VLC preferences)
Windows: Tools -> Preferences -> Show Settings - All -> Interfaces -> Main Interfaces -> Extra interface modules -> Web -> Enabled
Mac OSX: VLC -> Preferences -> Show All-> Interface -> Main Interfaces -> Extra interface modules -> http
Step 2 (VLC .host file)
In VLC version 2 and later, Remote access control must specifically be enabled for specific IP addresses or IP ranges .
Important: >> Ask your technical support to perform this step <<
This is done by editing
“%PROGRAMFILES%\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\http\.hosts” on Windows
“/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/http/.hosts” on Mac OSX
“/usr/share/vlc/lua/http/.hosts” on Linux,
In section” # private addresses” , uncomment (remove #) for lines 14-19 for various private address ranges.
On Windows, note that you might need administrator rights. On Mac and Linux this file is hidden.
To edit hidden file on Mac, from terminal window, open -e /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/http/.hosts
Read more here http://wiki.videolan.org/Documentation:Modules/http_intf
If you continue to receive ’403 Forbidden’ error on the App, it may be related to IPv6, also try uncommenting
fe80::/64 in ” #link-local addresses” section. Read more here http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?t=44479&f=16
Quit and restart VLC Media Player(This is required that the HTTP remote control interface starts correctly)
Step 4 -Firewall
If you have a firewall installed, it would need to be configured to allow for remote connections to the VLC Media Player. The setup procedure will differ between the various Operating Systems and firewalls. If you experience difficulty with his process consult a technical person to assist.
In general, most firewalls will prompt for rule setup when a new application is detected.
1. Close VLC Media Player, restart VLC Media Player.
2. On Windows 7, with the standard firewall installed, a form will appear as seen below. Select the option as indicated. The VLC Media will now accept remote connections.
On Mac OS X, if the Firewall is enabled the message my look like
The Remote Control will only connect if 1 instance of VLC is running. If you had more than 1 instance open, close all VLC windows, and only open a single instance.
It seems that the current Windows version of VLC 2.0.4 does not provide the album art. The Mac OSX does export this correctly.