How to Install VLC 3 (Media Player) on Debian 10 / Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04

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:

https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/3.0.0.html

In this article we will discuss how we can install VLC 3 on Debian 10/9 and Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04

Installation of VLC 3 on Debian 10 /9 

VLC 3 package is available in the default Debian 10/9 upstream package repositories, so it can be easily installed via command line using apt command, execute the following apt command to update the repositories and to install vlc 3

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt update
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install vlc -y

Installation of VLC 3 via snap

Alternate Way to Install VLC 3 on Debian 10 /9 is via snap. Run the below command,

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install snapd

To view the VLC version available via snap

[email protected]:~$ 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
[email protected]:~$

Run below snap command to install VLC 3

[email protected]:~$ sudo snap install vlc
vlc 3.0.0 from 'videolan' installed
[email protected]:~$

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,

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Click on VLC media player,

Start-VLC3-Debian9

Installation of VLC 3 on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04

VLC 3 is not available in the default Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 repositories but we can install VLC 3 using snap package.

Refer the below commands to Install VLC 3 using snap

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install snap -y
[email protected]:~$ sudo snap install vlc

Reboot your machine once vlc has been installed successfully.

Access VLC 3 media player,

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Click on VLC Media player

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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.

5 Responses

  1. 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 http://ee.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ 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.

    • Thorsten says:

      How did you manage that? It did not work on my system due to massive dependency problems – starting with libc6, wich has to be >=2.27, while xenial (16.04) comes with 2.23. And upgrading libc6 without upgrading the whole system is nearly impossible without breaking other stuff.

      • Pradeep Kumar says:

        Hi Thorsten,

        Try to set bionic repo as stated by Marcus then use use “apt-update” & “apt-get install vlc”

        • Thorsten Müller says:

          That is of course exactly what I did. Problem is that the vlc 3.0 bionic build depends on lots of stuff with higher version numbers than there are in 16.04 xenial and I don’t want to do to a release upgrade at this point.

  2. 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.)

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