I know the way to change association per extension (get info => open with => change all) but is there a way like in Windows to change association of all video extensions to be opened by VLC like this:

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  • Welcome to Ask Different! :) Just to clarify, are you asking specifically about doing this for VLC? Or, are you using VLC and the screenshot purely as examples?
    – Monomeeth
    Jul 7 '17 at 12:38

With on-board GUI tools this isn't possible. But you can download and install RCDefaultApp which is a PrefPane.

Open System Preferences > Default Apps. Choose the Apps tab, scroll down to VLC in the left panel and choose it. In the right panel scroll down to Extensions and hit the (cycle) button...

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This works for other apps too - VLC is just an example also used in the question!


You have to right-click on the file that you want to open, let's say it's and .avi, then go to info and then you should see a menu that says "open with" expand it and choose the software that you want to use to open that type of file format.

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