How to Install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

VLC (VideoLan) is a portable and open-source media player for Linux like operating systems, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and android. VLC plays our favorite audio and video files, it can play various audio & video formats such as mpeg, divx, mov, mp3, mp4, dvd, vcd, wmv and quicktime.

In this post, we will cover how to install VLC media player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS desktop. There are three different ways to Install VLC on Ubuntu 20.04, let’s dive into the installations steps.

Install VLC via Ubuntu Software Center

Easiest way to install VLC on Ubuntu is via Ubuntu software center, so access Ubuntu Software tool first  and then search vlc as shown below,


Click on ‘Install‘ to initiate the installation,

Install VLC from the Command Line

VLC Debian package and it’s dependencies are available in the default Ubuntu 20.04 package repositories. So to install it via command line, open the terminal and run following commands,

$ sudo apt update
$ sudp apt install -y vlc

Output of above commands would like below,


Install VLC media player via snap

VLC media player can also be installed via snap, In can case snap is installed on your Ubuntu 20.04 system then install snap with below apt command,

$ sudo apt install snap -y

Once snap is installed then run below snap command to install vlc media player,

# sudo snap install vlc


Access VLC Player

To access vlc on your Ubuntu 20.04 desktop, search vlc from search dash as shown below,


Click on VLC icon to start it,


Now play your audio & video files,

We can also play audio and video files from command Line using VLC command. Examples are shown below:

$ vlc latest-songs.mp3
$ vlc tv-serial.mp4
$ vlc SEAL.Patrol.2014.HDRip\ XViD\ juggs.avi
$ vlc

That’s all from this post, I hope you have found it informative. Please don’t hesitate to share your feedback and comments in the comments section below.

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