# Ubuntu – Open pwd protected http stream in vlc from CLI

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Can anyone please advise me on how to open a pwd protected http stream from CLI in vlc?

I checked out the –help and man pages, but they seem to offer only syntax for opening ftp, rmt and smb pwd protected streams (and http-proxy), but not http. Or there is some walk around solution I am not thinking of?

cvlc http://192.168.1.67/videostream.asf?user=admin&pwd=XXX
cvlc http://user:XXX@192.168.1.67/videostream.asf
cvlc http://192.168.1.67/videostream.asf --http-user 'user' --http-pwd 'XXX'


May be I can not read the manuals properly but to me the instructions from vlc docs is really difficult to interpret into cli commands:

% vlc input_stream --sout "#module1{option1=parameter1{parameter-option1},option
2=parameter2}:module2{option1=...,option2=...}:..."

You may also use the following syntax :
% vlc input_stream --sout-module1-option1=... --sout-module1-option2=... --sout-
module2-option1=... --sout-module2-option2=... ...

For example, to transcode a stream and send it, use:
% vlc input_stream --sout '#transcode{options}:standard{options}'


If I have interpreted the manual correctly (so far I came up with 3 or 4 different options), I need module standard, option access=, then item http:, item options user=<user name> and pwd=<password>. All put together should read one of these:

vlc http://192.168.1.67/videostream.asf '#standard{access=http:user=admin,pwd=XXX}'


(ok I did not put in the pwd in the last line but vlc did not even pick up the user=
as user's name….).

But nothing works and I do not even get anywhere close to putting it right looking at the output produced.

This is really cheeky and noobish but if someone could share a real working sample how that should look like, that would be greatly appreciated.

VERY IMPORTANT – I need a client part of the commands for capturing the stream…

Again, if I read the manual correctly, this part:

http: streams over HTTP.
Item options are: user= to enable HTTP basic
authentication and set the user, pwd= to set the basic
authentication password, mime= to set the mime type
returned by the server.

is re the server part.

vlc http://YOURUSER:YOURPASSWD@192.168.1.67/videostream.asf