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VLC Player Puts Up a Red Christmas Hat [Easter Egg]

vlc red hat VLC Media player puts up a red Christmas hat icon as an Easter egg in this festive season! If you are a VLC addict then you will have noticed this change as of Midnight 18 December.It seems as the developers from VLC decided to included this Easter egg on their later version 2+.

Checkout this screenshot.

vlc red hat easter egg

vlc full screen hat

Update 2:

Many people are complaining that vlc silently updates in background without user permission. But that’s not the case. VLC already stores this hat icon in the normal VLC package and doesn’t do any kind of update in the background.

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  • jb December 19, 2008, 12:09 am

    Use the full display mode in the preferences to see it in full mode!

  • eddie thieda December 19, 2008, 10:39 am

    As cleaver as most Easter Eggs often are, this was pretty obvious. Still cool little feature added in, just in time for the holidays! 🙂



  • Veda December 20, 2008, 10:27 am

    i noticed this, searched on google, then

  • renju December 20, 2008, 3:40 pm

    thanks for that tip…
    posted full mode screenshot too!!

  • Anonymous December 20, 2008, 4:10 pm

    i opened it this morning and noticed this….wondered if anyone else did.

  • Anonymous December 20, 2008, 6:28 pm

    Noticed this too. Did the Google thing. Very cool little Easter egg (at Christmas…). This reminds me I need to play some older video games that change themselves around Christmas-time (different menus, logos, textures). It really is the little things that make software special. This feature in VLC probably took about two minutes to add in.

  • Anonymous December 20, 2008, 10:07 pm

    Oh, it was the cone. At first I though it was a puppy with a santa hat.
    Funny how things looks so different when they’re tiny, huh?

  • shiva July 6, 2009, 3:26 am

    google has launched its fancy search



  • renjith December 18, 2009, 10:18 am

    great…it's again back this year also!!!!

  • Anonymous December 18, 2009, 12:59 pm

    hate it want to change back to normal mode! any ideas?

  • salman December 18, 2009, 11:29 pm

    i think its a sweet little surprise…noticed it today

  • dontplay media December 20, 2009, 6:19 pm

    A friend mentioned this and complained. I guess you can't please everyone 🙂

  • Alan December 20, 2009, 8:21 pm

    It's so cute hat Mr. VLC.

    I love these surprises.


  • Anonymous December 19, 2010, 2:03 pm

    VLC HAT!!!!!! it's cooool. Just now saw it!!!

  • Emoporer December 19, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I just saw it this week! 😀

  • shubh December 20, 2010, 8:26 pm

    i knew about this much earlier… this evening i wondered that how many of us have noticed this and ran a google search….


  • Anonymous December 22, 2010, 8:47 am

    i a Muslim i dont want this hat

  • Mr Bart December 22, 2010, 12:49 pm

    what about people who don't celebrate x-mas, kinda one sided, but I love VLC

  • Anonymous December 22, 2010, 10:47 pm

    then go download your software from muslim countries?!

    • Lore November 19, 2016, 3:59 pm

      That’s the best answer by far! Thanks for coingibuttnr.

  • ivlivs December 30, 2010, 1:18 pm

    @Anonymous // 12/22/2010 2:47 PM: a very stupid comment. As an open source project VLC should really be religion independent. I am sure there were contributors from many different cultures and any discrimination should be avoided, even if it seems insignificant.

    • Sorens December 20, 2016, 5:01 pm

      This again shows the muslim uncouth mentality; they can’t tolerate even a irrelevant, tiny symbol. So then develop your own software.

  • Shadowraven December 31, 2010, 7:40 pm

    If you don't like it… then don't use the the FREE software. No one is making you use it. There are other alternatives you can use if this offends you so much. If you had to pay for it then you might have a right to say something, otherwise shut up and quit complaining.

    BTW, Santa Claus is a SECULAR figure. He is not part of any particular faith, but can be claimed by everyone. The spirit of this season has always been of light and celebration, even before Christians took it over. Get with the spirit and don't be a Scrooge.

  • Anonymous December 18, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Lol, just noticed it, searched Google and found this. xD

  • Anonymous December 28, 2011, 11:57 am

    Santa Claus was never mentioned in Christian Bible. Another misconception about Christmas.

  • Andres Bravo December 22, 2015, 12:42 am

    Merry Christmas VLC!!!