How to Save VLC Player Equalizer Settings

Basic Method:

Run VLC Player in skinned mode.



Play any media, turn on equalizer and adjust equalizer as you desired.



Close equalizer image Close VLC Player (Skinned Mode) image now your equalizer setting must be saved.

Now, open VLC in normal mode and see the equalizer settings.  Be amazed, settings are in a exact position as you set it earlier.


The settings will remain saved as much as you restart VLC.

Advanced Method:

VLC is the most preferred media player catering advanced users and amateurs alike. Configuring basic settings and options are easy but diving deep into customizing and tweaking its features is rather difficult for novices. Many users have been griping about facing problems in saving equalizer settings. Unfortunately there is no apparent option to quickly save the audio level, specified preset, and especially equalizer settings. In this post we will walk you through step-by-step procedure of saving the equalizer settings.

To begin with, launch VLC and click Show Extended Settings button to bring up EQ settings window. Under Graphic Equalizer tab, click Enable checkbox to enable the equalizer, select a Preset from the given list and start setting the EQ levels as required.


Once you have done setting up the EQ levels, note down the values from left to right (followed by postfix dB) and Preamp value which is also referred as Global gain (present at the left side ). Now close the Adjustments & Effects window and under Tool menu, click Preferences.


From bottom-left corner, enable All option to view advanced options of each category. From main navigation bar, expand Audio and then Filters category to select Equalizer. It will show you equalizer settings in the main window. Now in Bands gain input field, enter values (must be separated with single space) which you’ve noted down (excluding the db postfix) and in Global gain input field enter preamp value. You can also specify preset if needed. Once you have entered all values in required fields, click Save to save the EQ settings.


Now upon launching VLC again, EQ bars will remain unchanged and you can enjoy your favorite media without hassling with setting equalizer over & over again.

We have demonstrated this trick using latest VLC 1.1.4 release.


  1. thank you! :), worked perfectly (am using second option)

  2. I tried your method.. it works only if you freshly turn VLC on! example:
    . I changed the TECHNO equalizer to my personal new settings, and saved it.
    . I go now to the equalizer: TECHNO is effectively distributed as I wished.
    . I switch now to another equalizer setting, say: FLAT, and return to TECHNO...
    . My personal settings have been replaced by the original TECHNO-settings!!!
    . if I switch off VLC, then switch on again: my "personal" TECHO reappear!!
    it is crazy.. do you have any explanation?

  3. Finally managed to do it. I hope vlc will make doing this easier with the next software release.

  4. Oh, hell yes! Thank you for posting this!

  5. The other thing you need to make sure is on is:

    Settings (Choose all settings) --> Audio --> Filters : "Equalizer with 10 bands" is checked. This keeps the equalizer enabled!

    Thanks so much!!!!

  6. the step of "Equalizer with 10 bands" is checked" did the trick. Thanks!!

  7. hey thanks lot... Worked fine.... it really helped me a lot... keep up

  8. Thanks!!! Not being able to keep a custom settings was very annoying. This did the trick :) :) :)

  9. Really worked.Thanks

  10. Advanced method worked. Thanks. Provision of a custom setting would be useful.

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  12. NOTE: I think it's important to realise that in version 2.1.3 Rincewind the vital final setting is described a little differently to what's given here.
    The vital setting is under Tools | Preferences, [All radio-button selected (bottom-left)], Filters. Stop there.
    It's on this page that the ticks have to be placed to make your prior filter settings 'stick'. You'll see, for example, normvol:equalizer in the lower chosen filters field.
    If you've made adjustments to filters elsewhere in the interface, the changes will now be in effect each time you start VLC.
    9th July, 2014

  13. could you help me to tune the best equalizer for Hip-Hop/Rap in VLC Media Player?? (screenshot or link....anyway)
    send the result to me please on email -


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