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Download K-Lite Codec Pack Basic

The Basic variant is very small and contains only the bare essentials needed for multimedia playback. Despite its small size, it is still very powerful and allows playback of practically every known audio and video format. The Basic variant does not include a player. If you also need a player, get the Standard variant.

More details about this variant of the codec pack can be found on its contents and changelog pages.

Detailed differences between the four variants of the codec pack can be found on the comparison of abilities and comparison of contents pages. The other larger variants are: Standard, Full, and Mega.

Version 18.4.0 Basic ~ 20.7 MB ~ June 11th 2024


  • Updated LAV Filters to version 0.79.2-9-g56aab


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Filename: K-Lite_Codec_Pack_1840_Basic.exe
Size: 21290 KB
MD5: 0983791d02a6196973938c2b773550f2
SHA256: e20a322c6d3886f8d67be68c9d6995c1a281ac9c18abb8f5cf61c6691c7ee372

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Basic version does NOT include a player!

The Basic package only contains DirectShow codecs. It does not include a player. It is compatible only with players that use DirectShow codecs.

The modern Windows Media Player from Windows 10/11 uses a different type of codec. Visit our Media Foundation codec page to download the correct required codecs for WMP.

If you want a very good player, then use the Standard version instead. That includes MPC-HC as player.

Beta versions

The latest development version with latest updates integrated can be downloaded HERE.

Old versions

Download links for old versions of the K-Lite Codec Pack can be found HERE.


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