PotPlayer for Windows

  • Free

  • In English
  • V 221102
  • 4.3

  • Security Status

Softonic review

A powerful media player for multiple formats

PotPlayer is an excellent choice for playing music and videos. While there are plenty of third-party multimedia players, such as VLC and KMPlayer, not a single one comes close to offering as many features as PotPlayer. Offering a treasure trove of features and extensive file support, this free program lets you dive into a diverse world of media with the ability to play virtually any format you can think of. 

It also ensures your videos look and sound their best with numerous effects, filters, and advanced settings that are easily accessible through a simple right-click in the minimalist, yet comprehensive, main window. Whether you’re playing files from local storage or streaming from various sources, it optimizes playback for your preferred output device.

Neat and customizable interface

PotPlayer is based on the same interface model as KMPlayer. In fact, both the programs were created by the same team. While it’s a free media player, it allows you to play any video format imaginable. Additionally, it lets you optimize video formats as per the output device of your preference. In case you’ve already used KMPlayer, the interface will feel familiar.

Albeit cluttered in some places, the minimalist design of the main window lets you explore all the features with ease. With a single right-click, you can access almost all of the important features of the program. Furthermore, it’s compatible with several formats and codecs. It also features effects and filters to make video clips look better. Last but not least, the interface can be customized with different skins.

Packed with a wide range of features

Besides coming with minimalist and clean styling, the program also offers everything you need to enjoy videos and music. Apart from the media player, the program includes an easy-to-use screen recorder, which supports live streaming. There’s also a built-in video editor and TV receiver, which isn’t available on popular titles like Windows Media Player or GOM Player. Moreover, it can source files from URLs, FTP servers, local storage, digital and analog TV, and Blu-rays and DVDs.

The playback is always auto-optimized to suit the preferred output device. Using this program, you can conveniently download and sync subtitles, which makes it easier to watch videos in different languages. In fact, you can also add subtitles manually and customize the text’s appearance on-screen. Plus, with built-in video editing tools, it lets you sharpen or blur the image, rotate, warp, adjust levels, or reduce noise to ensure your video clips look appealing. 

Besides providing detailed playback information, it also offers 360-degree and 3D video support, which is hard to find in a free media player. Plus, playback quality depends on the hardware of the system. However, it shouldn’t cause any issues playing large-sized files, including AVI, MKV, and MOV. Hence, smaller files should playback instantly and without any issues at all. As mentioned earlier, detailed playback information is available, which allows you to get an in-depth view of CPU usage too.

Pot Player free download supports a wide range of subtitle files, including .srt and .ass. If the subtitle files are located in the same folder as the video file, the program will natively play subtitles on-screen. Since PotPlayer comes with plenty of customization options, you can optimize the usage to get the best performance. However, the default settings work pretty well for most file formats and sizes.

Play audio files seamlessly

Like MPlayer, Media Player Classic, and other popular titles, video PotPlayer can also play audio files. While the program includes several default visualizations, you can download more online. PotPlayer provides you with detailed information about the audio file, such as the number of channels, bitrate, file type, etc. Like most media players, the program includes a wide range of audio presets for improving audio output. While it’s not a substitute for stereo sound, it’s a good way to improve audio quality.

Advanced settings for serious users

PotPlayer free download provides you with several advanced settings options. Once you’ve customized the media player as per your preferences, you can export the settings in a .reg file. This proves to be helpful for the installation of PotPlayer on another computer or device. You won’t have to configure the settings again, and the player will be ready to be used from the get-go.

On a different computer, simply install the program, double-click the settings file you exported, and everything will be automatically configured. If you want to check all the settings related to playback options of video files, you can click the ‘Playback’ tab to get detailed information.

It’s worth noting that an important setting is disabled by the program by default. It’s called ‘Show Thumbnail Previews’, and it’s located at the bottom of the main window. When you enable this option, it allows you to watch previews of the videos. You only need to take the mouse cursor over the playback bar, and the program presents a preview in a little box over the seek bar in the player’s window.

Lots of skins to customize views

While the default skin is a good choice for anyone interested in the ‘dark’ mode, PotPlayer provides you with several skins to customize the appearance. The default skin looks outdated, and the program allows you to download various options online. With just a few clicks, you can completely change the program’s appearance and style.

3D support

In addition, it stands out as a versatile media player offering an immersive viewing experience with its full support for 3D content. Catering to enthusiasts of depth-defining entertainment, this program supports various types of 3D glasses, ensuring users can enjoy an immersive 3D experience at their convenience, whether on a compatible 3DTV or through a PC setup. For viewers with specific preferences, it offers an array of output formats including Side by Side, Top and Bottom, and Page Flipping options.

What’s new?

NVIDIA RTX graphics card users are in for a treat with the latest update to Kakao’s PotPlayer. The present version available for download now provides NVIDIA RTX Video HDR support, allowing you to experience high-definition viewing, even for low-quality videos. The video upscaling technology uses AI and RTX Tensor Cores to improve video quality, including sharpness and clarity, by remapping SDR video content to HDR10 quality video. 

In addition to the new video technology support, the update also includes a drag-and-drop functionality that lets you move files around when creating playlists. This means it is now more convenient to handle multiple video files and to organize them into playlists for uninterrupted viewing. Rounding out the update are bug fixes that address common playback issues encountered across various file formats, such as WAV, MPEG4, WMV, and specific codecs.

The perfect way to watch videos

While the minimalist design makes it look simple, the latest version of Pot Player is a powerful media player with plenty of features, including a screen recorder, built-in editing tools, 360-degree and 3D support, optimization tools, and compatibility with the latest video technologies. As compared to other programs for Windows, PotPlayer wins the race by a huge margin.

With so much to offer, the only problem that the program causes is the constant display in the notification tray. It simply does not show up in the taskbar. As such, you either have to keep it running in the background or check notifications to open the main window. However, it’s a minor issue and more of an annoyance than anything major to skip such a good program. Without a doubt, PotPlayer download is an excellent choice for playing your favorite music and videos.


  • Supports several file types
  • Provides detailed playback information
  • Video upscaling technology and 3D support
  • Built-in optimization and editing tools


  • Cluttered interface in some places
  • Constantly runs in notification tray

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PotPlayer for PC

  • Free

  • In English
  • V 221102
  • 4.3

  • Security Status

User reviews about PotPlayer

  • gainner

    by gainner

    please add a function to save settings for each single video file, such as adjusting the brightness, saturation and rotation,aspect ratio,etc.... of t More

  • Saneth De Silva

    by Saneth De Silva

    It is lightwight but more powerful than VLC Media Player and KMP Player. I always love POT PLAYER. I recommend you do use that player without any doub More

  • C3_chocolate

    by C3_chocolate

    好用,支持中文!It's a small but useful player.

  • David Tesch

    by David Tesch

    So far, this has been a horrendous experience trying to get this thing set up! What the hell happened to plug and play? It freaking 2020!!!

  • Michalis

    by Michalis

    Best player out there!

  • Firsty Fine

    by Firsty Fine

    it is one of my favourite player of all time but today it real disappointed me very seriously because it doesnot play one of my movie claiming that HE More


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