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Avoid the Apple QuickTime Bloat with QT Lite

Sometimes you may run across a website that requires QuickTime to view a video. Rather than installing the bloated QuickTime version from Apple, today we take a look at QT Lite that installs only the essential components needed to play QuickTime content on a webpage.

It can be annoying when you’re at a website that requires you to install QuickTime to view video content on a webpage. What if you have no desire to install the bloated QuickTime installer from Apple, just to watch a few simple videos? Here we take a look at solving the dilemma by installing QT Lite instead.

The Annoyance – QuickTime

When you get to a page where QuickTime is required you are pointed to the Apple site to download the full version and install everything that comes a long with it.


Sure you will be able to play the video on the website, but you will also get an entire QuickTime Player which you may not need or want.


It also installs the Apple Software Update tool which you don’t need if there is no other Apple products on your machine. Another annoyance worth mentioning about the update tool is “iTunes+QuickTime” is selected by default, so if you were to run an update you would get iTunes even though you don’t want it.


There’s more! It will install a Picture Viewer too…all this just to watch a single video on a website.


It will also decide to start every time you start up your computer… (thanks Apple). So if you happen to have installed it and are sick of seeing it everyday, go into System Configuration and the Startup and uncheck it.


QT Lite

To avoid the extra hassles Apple sends your way, take a look at QT Lite as an alternative. QT Lite only installs the necessary components of QuickTime to watch content embedded on a web page.

When you install QT Lite make sure to select the options to play in all browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox, Opera, and Google Chrome.


Here is a comparison of QuickTime versus QT Lite the Start Menu, notice that QT Lite has fewer components.

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QT Lite has all of the same settings and preferences as you would find in the regular QuickTime version for controlling audio and streaming.


After installing, sit back and watch QuickTime videos embedded on a webpage.


We aren’t saying QuickTime is crappy software, it actually works fairly decently, it’s just unnecessary to install everything that comes with the Apple QuickTime installer just to watch videos. Another good choice would be QuickTime Alternative which is the same as QT Lite but also includes Windows Media Player Classic.

Update: It appears that Comodo anti-virus is incorrectly detecting this as a false-positive, but VirusTotal shows that virtually nothing else is detecting it incorrectly.

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Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 10/19/09

Comments (7)

  1. SquareWheel

    I have a couple questions.

    Do you recommend QT Lite or TQ Alternative?
    Will iTunes work with either of these, or does it require the full Qucktime?
    Are they x64 compatible?

  2. Enzer Milliard

    I’ve been using quicktime alternative for years (though I don’t install the media player because it comes with CCCP), but alongside that I use real alternative (from the same site). I must say though that I rarely see anyone using either of these formats anymore (online or off), but on occasion I will get a .mov or a .rmvb file and those two programs do the trick quite nicely. Either way you never know what the internet will throw at you so it’s best to keep your bases covered!

  3. Alex Leonard

    The only unfortunate thing about QT Lite and QT Alternative is that they don’t support desktop apps that require QT support (such as Cubase when working with video) – something that made me sad.

  4. Senax

    A lot of quicktime movies can also be played with VLC. Just make sure to install the mozilla-plugin and the activeX control. (custom setup)

  5. Johnny

    This might have been acceptable several years ago, but it’s become pretty much a standard to embed videos into Flash on websites. When was the last time you needed realplayer for something on the web?

    Webmasters need to get with the program.

  6. SquareWheel

    I disagree, Johnny. I don’t think Flash players are the way to go at all, and I certainly hope that HTML5 tags will help change that.

  7. nadav

    Thank you for this guide! I hate Apple and all of its products, and I was really happy to see there is this software. I really got sick from getting the annoying “you need quicktime” message in sites. You said all my opinions about Apple loud and clear – for instance, the fact that about a million programs are installed by the apple installer every time you just want to see a goddamn movie on the internet. It really pissed me off, and I’m relieved to find this software. Apple maybe isn’t crappy, but it’s functionality is!

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