K-Lite Codec Pack is a popular and reliable collection of codecs that are required for encoding and decoding certain video and audio formats. Audio and video codecs are often released individually, requiring a user to download multiple different codecs depending on the formats they wish to watch or listen to.
By bundling the most popular and several less common codecs into one package (by codec experts), K-Lite creates a user-friendly way to get the necessary codecs needed for watching and listening to media. Due to the continually changing nature of digital media, with new formats emerging and old ones being modified, K-Lite Codec Pack is updated continuously.
There are four different editions available. The "Basic" edition is the smallest option in terms of required disk space but also has the fewest supported codecs. The Basic package supports the most popular video formats, such as AVI, MKV, MP3, MPEG, and several others, including DVD and decrypted Blu-ray. It also covers the most common audio formats, such as MP3, FLAC, OGG, AAC, and more.
In addition to the basic video and audio formats, there is also support for a range of useful features. These include subtitles, file association options, hardware acceleration, audio bit-streaming, broken codec detection, and others.
The Standard edition includes everything that is included in the Basic edition along with additional tools. Media Player Classic Home Cinema is included, which is a popular video player that is compatible with K-Lite Codec Pack. MadVR, an advanced video renderer, is also part of the Standard variant.
The Full edition, again, includes everything from the previous editions plus DC-Bass, for decoding certain rare audio formats, and GraphStudioNext. The latter is a tool for the creation and testing of DirectShow graphs.
Finally, the "Mega" edition, in addition to everything that is in the previous three editions, includes codecs that are used for editing and encoding, but not for playback. It also includes a selection of tools useful for video and audio editing, such as ffdshow, AC3Filter, and more.
As a general rule, the "Basic" package is sufficient for most of the more common codec needs. In contrast, the "Mega" package is typically only necessary for users who will be editing audio and video, or who work with rare file formats.
K-Lite CP supports both 32-bit and 64-bit codecs, and the user can customize the installation to only include specific features. One factor about this codec pack that makes appealing is that it does not include any unstable codecs.
Summary of K-Lite Codec Pack editions:
- Basic. Allows you to play all the common video and audio file formats.
- Standard. Adds several features over the basic edition. It contains Media Player Classic HC and MadVR.
- Full. Adds several features over Standard edition including GraphStudioNext, and a few extra DirectShow filters.
- Mega. Most complete pack. It additionally contains VFW/ACM codecs for video encoding/editing.
- Update. Small updates for the latest version of the codec pack. Requires K-Lite CP to be installed on your PC.
- User-friendly and easy to use.
- Provides playing support for all your movies and music.
- Suitable for all kind of users.
- High-quality components selected by experts.
- Compatible with popular media players.
- Updated continuously.
Download K-Lite Codec Pack
Download Basic Edition
Download Standard Edition
Download Full Edition
Download Mega Edition
Download Update Pack
Note: K-Lite Codec package includes K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool, a standalone utility that allows you to detect and remove broken references to codecs and filters and more.
Last Update: April 13, 2021
Current Version: 16.1.2 / Updates Pack 16.1.2
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)
Developer: Codec Guide