Why VLC Player has a Traffic Cone as their logo? (This story makes you pretty drunk)


VLC Player Un-doubtfully the best streaming player every designed. People of 90’s love VLC for many reasons, but all of VLC lovers & community including me have thought of question in common at some time in our life.

Why Traffic Cone symbol, the logo for VLC Player?

But the reason behind the logo is very simple and doesn’t have any hidden meanings.

From many sources I checked and collected, most of them have a common story is:

VLC used to stand for ‘VideoLAN Client’ when VLC was a client of VideoLAN project. And since VLC is no longer merely a client, that abbreviation doesn’t really apply. Students at the École Centrale Paris originally developed it; it is now developed by contributors from all over the world and is coordinated by the VideoLAN, a non-profit organization.

VLC Media Player uses a traffic cone as its logo because the students who created the program had a traffic cone collection. 

One day, the students who were working on this project from the École Centrale University, Paris, came back pretty drunk and they carried a traffic cone with them.

Later on, they started collecting traffic cones and stored in their computer lab. When the software finished, the VideoLAN team decided to choose a traffic cone for VLC’s icon in the memory of École Centrale’s students.

But the VideoLAN that currently owns VLC has no official connection with the École Centrale students anymore, and sources say, VideoLAN doesn’t really want to speak up about the history behind the VLC logo, but the traffic cone collection story is absolutely true.

Well, let VideoLAN be quiet about the origin of the logo but this simple and unique icon is quite catchy and we all love it.

And the initial version was released in February 2001, it been 17 years since this player is doing its magic and we all hope VLC Player stays free of cost for later years.

Just for fun:

Next time, what you collect when you are drunk? Can potentially be your company’s logo.

– Sai Nikhil Dintakurthi


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