How to Install VLC 3 (Media Player) on Debian 9 / Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10

Pradeep Kumar

I am a huge fan of open source and love to share How To's tutorials on Linux, Cloud and DevOps. I have been working as Linux Consultant, Cloud & DevOps Engineer since 2010

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  1. Marcus says:

    Snaps are absolute garbage! They don’t integrate into the system, and they make awful additional mounts, and they take a long time to start, and they keep eating up your free space, and they don’t use your existing settings, and they are just a really, really horribly implemented bad idea.

    How about assisting people to install vlc 3 *properly* instead?

    (Also, you need to use the –classic switch or it can’t access things like your external drives. But that won’t fix the million other problems with the snaps abomination.)

  2. Marcus says:

    This is how I installed vlc 3, using the official bionic repo:

    Add file ‘/etc/apt/preferences.d/bionic’ with:
    Package: *
    Pin: release a=bionic
    Pin-Priority: 10

    Add this line to ‘/etc/apt/sources.list’:
    deb bionic main restricted universe multiverse

    Then upgrade ‘vlc’ manually.
    There’s probably a much better way to do this (perhaps by pinning the vlc package to a version >=3), but at least this is much better than those awful snaps.

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