Mac OS X: How to clear VLC player viewing history

  • Clear Recent Played Files 
    • Start your VLC player
    • Click on File -> Open Recent -> Click on “Clear Menu
  • Disable Recent Items in Mac OS X Dock
    • In Terminal window, run the following commands:
      defaults write org.videolan.vlc NSRecentDocumentsLimit 0
      defaults delete org.videolan.vlc.LSSharedFileList RecentDocuments
      defaults write org.videolan.vlc.LSSharedFileList RecentDocuments -dict-add MaxAmount 0
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  1. this technique of deleting history is outdated for outdated players. so if u have vlc new version. or if u wanted that ur player doesnt show files when u right click vlc in taskbar. or in start menu.
    first go to your task bar.
    right click- properties.
    start menu- privacy
    uncheck 1. store and display recently opened programs in the start menu.
    2. store and display recnetly opened items in the start munu and the task bar.
    hit apply- ok.

    after sometime u ll nt see the start menu showing ur recently opened programs.
    so once again go en check both the options.
    now its reset to zero.

    after that disable the storage of recent files in vlc.
    open vlc player.
    tools- preferences
    at last u ll find the option (save recently played files.) uncheck that.
    hit ok.

    en enjoy playing ur super hidden stuffs. :P all to urslf.

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  3. If we are talking about android and especially nexus 7. Go to >settings>apps>vlc>clear data

  4. The terminal way worked like a charm ! Thank you very much !
    Used it on MBA with OSX 10.8.4 with current latest version of VLC 2.0.7.

  5. Nothing will work...only that will work is....go to application. ..move the app to trash...put it back from trash...history will b deleted...

  6. Worked perfectly fine. Thanks

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  8. Yes, works great, well done.
    El Capitan
    VLC: Version 2.2.4 Weatherwax (Intel 64bit)

  9. I remember it used to work. Now its VLC 3.0, how do we do it now?