How to Play All Videos in a Folder on Mac OS with a Playlist and VLC

Play multiple videos in a playlist on the Mac with VLC

If you’re a Mac user with a lot of video files and movies, you may wonder how you can play multiple video files one after another in a playlist. While the native Quicktime app is a great media player, it doesn’t offer a playlist capability, so if you want to play all videos from a folder on the Mac you will need to rely on a different app.


There are a few options for playing multiple video files from a folder or some other movie collection, including even using iTunes, but perhaps the best option for most Mac users is VLC, a free third party app that is also a bit of a swiss army knife of media playing, not to mention cross platform compatible, and arguably one of the best video players on a Mac.

How to Play Videos in a Playlist in Mac OS

  1. Download from here (it’s free) and install VLC on the Mac if you have not done so already
  2. Launch VLC
  3. Play multiple videos in a playlist on the Mac with VLC

  4. From the Finder, locate and select the multiple video files you want to play sequentially in a playlist on the Mac
  5. Drag and drop those selected video files into the VLC icon, or the VLC application interface that is open in Mac OS
  6. Drag and drop videos into VLC

  7. The videos will begin playing automatically, in sequential order
  8. Access the playlist by going to the VLC “Window” menu and choosing “Playlist”
  9. Playlist under the Window VLC menu

  10. Modify the play order by dragging and dropping the video files shown in the playlist as necessary

You can drag an entire folder of videos or movies into VLC to create a playlist, otherwise choose a collection of movies to play by selecting multiple files on the Mac and dragging those into the media player app.

VLC can make video playlists easily

While this applies to the Mac, you can accomplish the same sequential video playlist on iPhone and iPad by using VLC for iOS, which also plays a wide variety of video formats and types. And since VLC is cross platform compatible, you can also setup the same playlists the same way on a Windows PC, Android, or linux machine too.

As mentioned before, you can also create a new playlist in iTunes and play multiple video files that way, but VLC is a better choice for many users because VLC has a very broad range of media file compatibility and is able to play MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, amongst many other video file formats.

If you know of another (or better) approach to playing multiple video files in a playlist on the Mac, let us know in the comments below!

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