How to Install VLC Media Player in Linux 2021 – GUI & Terminal Installation Methods

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Install VLC Media Player in Linux: Step by step procedure of How to Install VLC Media Player in Linux is mentioned here. In this article, we have given the guide “How to Install VLC Media Player” in  various Linux Distros such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Fedora, Arch Linux and openSUSE. You can install VLC Player in Linux by various methods including GUI method and terminal method. we’ve discussed about all availabe methods to install VLC media player in Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Linux Mint and Arch Linux.

Also Read: Best Video Players for Linux

How to Install VLC Media Player in Ubuntu

How to Install VLC Media Player in Linux - Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Debian, Fedora, Arch Linux

VLC media player for Ubuntu: VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

Supported releases

Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver”
Ubuntu 16.04 “Xenial Xerus”

Installation the Graphical way

Open Ubuntu Software application.

Search for vlc and install it.

Installation the Command line way

% sudo snap install vlc

Note

VLC for Ubuntu and many other Linux distributions is packaged using snapcraft. This allows us to distribute latest and greatest VLC versions directly to end users, with security and critical bug fixes, full codec and optical media support.
If you wish to install the traditional deb package, it is available as usual via APT, with all security and critical bug fixes. However, there will be no major VLC version updates until the next Ubuntu release.

Install VLC Media Player in Debian

Debian stable (buster) and testing (bullseye)

  • Debian buster and bullseye follow the 3.0.x release branch of VLC.

Debian oldstable (stretch)

  • Debian stretch follows the 3.0.x release branch of VLC

Debian oldoldstable (jessie)

  • Debian jessie follows the 2.2.x release branch of VLC.

Debian unstable (sid)

  • VLC’s latest packaged version is always in the official Debian unstable branch.

Installation the Graphical way

  • If there is an GUI front-end for APT on your system You can install via APT link

Installation the Command line way

% sudo apt install vlc

How to Install VLC Media Player in Linux Mint

The procedure to Install VLC Media Player in Linux Mint is very simple than other distros.

That’s it.

Install VLC Media Player in openSUSE

Download VLC Media Palyer for

VLC for Leap 15.1 VLC for Leap 15.2
VLC for Tumbleweed VLC for SLE15SP2

Install VLC using YaST in OpenSUSE

First, add a new repository (installation source) in YaST (YaST2 -> Software -> Installation Sources)

Then, add the following Repository:

Type: HTTP / Servername: download.videolan.org /
Directory: /SuSE/<SUSE Version>

Replace <SUSE Version> in the Directory above with your installed SuSE Version. Supported at this time are :

  • Leap_15.1
  • Leap_15.2
  • Tumbleweed
  • SLE15SP2

Finally, confirm the addition.

Security

The repository is signed with a GPG Key (gpg key C8DA93D2 fingerprint BC8D 780D E330 8581 B2E0 7085 33DE 8FB7 C8DA 93D2).

Accept this key in YaST and it will warn you in case there is something suspect with the repository.

Accept everything by clicking Finish.

Installation

Go to Software Management and enter VLC in the searchbox.

Select it and click Accept to install it with all its dependencies.

This might require the SUSE CD or DVD.

NB:If you want VLC’s Mozilla Plugin, you have to select the npapi-vlc. It does not get installed by default.

You’re done with the installation. Have a lot of Fun.

Install using command line in openSUSE

sudo zypper ar https://download.videolan.org/SuSE/<SUSE version> VLC
sudo zypper mr -r VLC
sudo zypper in vlc

<SUSE version> can be Leap_15.1, Leap_15.2, Tumbleweed, SLE15SP2

Get VLC Media Player in Fedora

Most of our packages for fedora can be found on RPM Fusion
You can also use this repository from distribution derived from Fedora

Please report “packaging bugs” on Bugzilla – RPM Fusion

Fedora 22 and later (dnf)

    $> su -

    #> dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

    #> dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

    #> dnf install vlc

    #> dnf install python-vlc (optional)

Rawhide (The development version of Fedora)

    $> su -

    #> dnf install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-rawhide.noarch.rpm

    #> dnf install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-rawhide.noarch.rpm

    #> dnf install vlc

    #> dnf install python-vlc (optional)

VLC media player for (older) Fedora

Older version of Fedora are not supported anymore by the Fedora Project (even for security bugfix).

Fedora 14 up to 21

Use RPM Fusion (available for x86, x86_64 and ppc)
Install rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm

    $> su -

    #> yum localinstall --nogpgcheck https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

    #> yum install vlc

    #> yum install python-vlc npapi-vlc (optionals)

Fedora 8 up to 14

Use RPM Fusion (available for x86, x86_64 and ppc)
Install rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm

    $> su -

    #> rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm

    #> yum install vlc

    #> yum install python-vlc mozilla-vlc (optionals)

Fedora 7

Use RPM – LIVNA for F7 (available for x86, x86_64 and ppc)
Install livna-release-7.rpm for F7

    $> su -

    #> rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-7.rpm

    #> yum install vlc

    #> yum install python-vlc mozilla-vlc (optional)

Fedora Core 6

Use RPM – LIVNA for F6 (available for x86, x86_64 and ppc)
Install livna-release-6.rpm for F6

    $> su -

    #> rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-6.rpm

    #> yum install vlc

    #> yum install python-vlc mozilla-vlc (optional)

Fedora Core 4 and 5

For those two versions, VLC 0.8.6 is not available. You can have 0.8.5 here for FC 4 and 5 on FreshRPMs.

Fedora Core 1, 2 and 3

Use Dag wieers to have 0.8.6 for those old versions!

Other versions – Search

Use PBone.net to search a lot of other versions of VLC for fedora or fedora compatible distributions.

How to Download & Install VLC Media Player in Arch linux

Arch Linux has a VLC package in its ‘Extra’ repository (see https://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/x86_64/vlc/). Issue this command to install:

#  pacman -S vlc

or

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