Using the Windows offline player

Tags: Skills
With an active Pluralsight Skills subscription, you can download up to 30 courses per device for offline viewing on the Windows offline player if your device has the available download space. Check out our downloads page to download the Windows offline player.

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Before you begin downloading and viewing courses using the Windows offline player, please ensure the following:

  • You have an active Skills subscription or license.
  • You're updated to the latest version of the offline player.
  • You're logged in to the offline player.
  • You have a stable internet connection.
  • You have enough free space on your device to download courses. The download limit is 30 courses per device.

Downloading courses using the offline player

To find a course to download, use the search bar at the top left of the offline player. If the search bar is hidden, click the magnifying glass icon in the top-left corner of the offline player to show the search.

Enter a search term to see a list of courses. Use the Sort by dropdown menu to sort your results by relevance or newest.

Click the course you'd like to download, then click Download course to begin the download. 

Tip: You can also change your download location. In the menu bar, click File then Preferences. In the dialog box that appears, click the ••• options menu to the right of Download Location to choose the folder where you want courses to download.

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Downloading courses using a browser

Important: You must be logged in to Skills to download from your browser.

On your browser, go to the course details page of a course you want to download. Click Download Course beneath the course description to begin the process of downloading the course to the offline player.

If your browser displays a pop-up asking your permission to open the Pluralsight offline player, click Open Pluralsight. The offline player will open and your course will begin downloading.

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Viewing downloaded courses

To view a downloaded course, click Start course on the course tile.

The offline player has the same functionality as the player on the web. This includes closed captions where available, playback speed and volume adjustment, and 10-second back or forward interval skips.

Note: We add transcripts to courses weekly, but they don't download automatically. If a transcript is published after you've downloaded a course, remove the course and re-download to view the transcript.

Auto-play

The windows offline player allows toggling of auto-play. From the menu bar, select File then Preferences.

Toggle auto-play between Entire course or Entire module, or click Stop after each clip to turn it off completely.

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Sorting, syncing progress, and removing courses

Sorting courses

Click Sort from the menu bar to choose whether to sort your downloaded courses by download date, release date, recently viewed, title, skill level, or overall course progress.

Syncing your offline progress

If you view downloaded content on the offline player while your Windows device is connected to the internet, your progress will be synced with your account almost immediately. However, if you view downloaded content while your device is not connected to the internet, you will need to reopen the offline player once your device is connected to the internet in order to sync your course progress with your account.

Removing courses

To remove a course from the Windows offline player, right-click the course tile in the home screen of the offline player and click Remove course.

Important: When you log out of the Windows offline player, all your downloaded courses will be automatically removed. In order to keep your downloaded courses, please avoid logging out.

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Troubleshooting

Having trouble downloading or viewing courses using the Windows offline player? Try these troubleshooting steps.

"Unable to download course" message

  1. Verify on your Subscription & Billing page that you have an active Skills subscription or license.
  2. Verify that you have enough space and are not over the 30-course limit on your device.
  3. Verify that you are updated to the latest version of the Windows offline player.

Course not downloading or “Queued for download” message

  1. Verify that you are updated to the latest version of the Windows offline player.
  2. Verify that your internet connection is stable.
  3. Stop, then resume the course download.

No audio

  1. Verify that your Windows system audio is not muted.
  2. Verify that the video is not muted in the offline player.
  3. If you're using earbuds or headphones, ensure that your machine is outputting to those earbuds or headphones.

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