How to Install VLC 3 (Media Player) on Debian 9 / Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10
As of we know VLC is the most widely used media player on Linux and Windows Desktop. VideoLan project has recently released its latest & stable version of VLC 3. Some of the new features of VLC 3 are listed below:
- It supports 3D audio and 360 Video
- VLC 3 supports hardware decoding by default and can play 4K and 8K videos
- It can stream local media to Chromecast devices.
- It supports HDMI pass through for Audio HD codecs (E-AC3 & TrueHD)
- It supports network browsing for network file systems like SMB, NFS, FTP & SFTP etc.
To read more on new features on VLC 3, you can refer its official site:
In this article we will discuss how we can install VLC 3 on Debian 9 and Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10
Installation of VLC 3 on Debian 9
VLC 3 package is not available in the default Debian 9 package repositories, so first we have to configure additional debian repositories. Add the following lines in “/etc/apt/sources.list”
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
Update the repositories and install vlc package using below commands,
linuxtechi@nixhome:~$ sudo apt update linuxtechi@nixhome:~$ sudo apt install vlc -y
Note: It is recommended to disable above repositories once you have installed VLC 3 because the packages from these repositories can make your system unstable.
Installation of VLC 3 via snap
Alternate Way to Install VLC 3 on Debian 9 is via snap. Run the below command,
linuxtechi@nixhome:~$ sudo apt install snapd
To view the VLC version available via snap
linuxtechi@nixhome:~$ sudo snap find vlc Name Version Developer Notes Summary vlc 3.0.0 videolan - The ultimate media player mjpg-streamer 2.0 ogra - UVC webcam streaming tool simplescreenrecorder-mardy 0.3.8-3 mardy - Simple Screen Recorder linuxtechi@nixhome:~$
Run below snap command to install VLC 3
linuxtechi@nixhome:~$ sudo snap install vlc vlc 3.0.0 from 'videolan' installed linuxtechi@nixhome:~$
Once VLC has been installed via snap, reboot your system once and then you can start accessing the latest version of VLC.
Access and Start VLC 3,
Click on VLC media player,
Installation of VLC 3 on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10
VLC 2.2 is available in the default Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 repositories but we can install VLC 3 on Ubuntu 16.04 & 17.10 using snap package.
Refer the below commands to Install VLC 3 using snap
pkumar@linuxbox:~$ sudo apt install snap -y pkumar@linuxbox:~$ sudo snap install vlc
Reboot your machine once vlc has been installed successfully.
Access VLC 3 media player,
Click on VLC Media player
If you don’t like snap VLC 3 and wants to remove from your system , then use the below command
$ sudo snap remove vlc
That’s all from this article. Please do share your valuable feedback and comments in the comments section below.