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I have downloaded VLC for Mac, and I installed it. Now every time I open a video that is supposed to be opened by VLC, it starts verifying again, like it is the first time and it will install it. I also don't see a shortcut in the Applications folder. What is the way around this?

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If your Applications folder doesn't contain VLC.app, you probably didn't install it properly. The verifying process (trying to start VLC) indicates that a dmg containing the app has to be opened.

Since VLC is a self-containing app you don't have to initiate an installation. Instead open the downloaded VLC.dmg, drag and drop the VLC.app inside the mounted dmg to the folder /Applications. Then unmount the dmg and start VLC.

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I had the exact same issue. I think it happened because I tried to open a video file using Open With while the VLC dmg was still mounted (even though I did properly install VLC to /Applications/VLC.app). Apparently it associated to the mounted dmg instead of /Applications/VLC.app.

The solution was simple:

  • Unmount the VLC dmg.
  • Run in a terminal: killall Finder

After this, using Open With > VLC associated to the proper /Applications/VLC.app, and did not go through the "verify" process every time.

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