How to Install VLC Player in Ubuntu Linux

This tutorial explains how to install the VLC player in GUI interface from the Ubuntu Software
Center and in the CLI interface from the apt-get utility.

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player. It can play most multimedia files
as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. There are two ways to install the
VLC player in Ubuntu Linux; through the Ubuntu Software center and through the apt-get command line utility.
Let\’s understand both methods in detail.

Installing VLC Player through the Ubuntu Software Center

Connect system with the Internet and click Ubuntu Software Center from the left menu bar.

open ubuntu software center

In the search box of the Software center, search the keyword \”vlc\”.
Since VLC is an open source project, you may see multiple results.

To select the correct VLC player, read the description of result or open the detailed description screen by clicking it.

vlc palyer listed in result

On detailed description screen, you can use the details section to identify the official repository.

To install the VLC from the official repository, click the Install button.

detailed description screen of VLC

To authenticate the installation, type your password and click the Authenticate button.

authenticate installation

Upon successful authentication, the installation process starts.
Since the installation process downloads the installation files from the Internet, depending on the Internet speed, it may take some time.

installation process running

Once installation is done, the Install button on the detailed description screen changes to the Launch and Remove buttons.
The Launch button allows us to start the VLC directly from the detailed description screen while the Remove button allows us to uninstall the VLC player.

installation finished

If you see the Install button on the detailed description screen of any application,
it indicates that application is not installed. You can install that application by clicking the Install button.
Instead of the Install button, if you see the Launch and Remove buttons on the detailed description screen of
any application, it means that application is already installed. You can verify the installation by clicking the Launch
button or if require, you can also uninstall that application by clicking the Remove button.

Installing VLC from the apt-get command line utility

Due to any reason if you do not want to install the VLC from the Ubuntu Software Center,
you can install it from the command line. To install it from the command line, open a terminal.

To open the terminal, press Alt+Ctrl+T keys or right click on the empty area of workspace and from the right click context menu click Open Terminal.

open terminal

In terminal, run the following command.

$sudo apt-get update

This command synchronizes local database with remote repositories.
This command is used to ensure that always the latest version of application is installed.

sudo apt-get update command

Once the database is updated, run the following command to install the VLC.

$sudo apt-get install vlc

This command downloads the latest version of VLC player. Once downloading is finished,
it calculates the necessary disk space in installation. It prints the calculated disk space and
takes permission to continue the installation process. To continue the installation process,
type y and press the enter key.

apt-get install vlc

Once installation is finished, you can start the VLC from command line to verify the installation.


starting vlc from command line

Starting VLC player

No matter how you install the VLC player, you can start it from the Dash (Application launcher).
To start it, click the Dash button and in the search box of the opened window search the keyword \”vlc\”. From the result, click the VLC player.

open vlc from dash

On first run, VLC displays the Network and Access policy. Keep default selection and click the Continue button.

network policy

This brings the main screen of VLC player.

vlc started

Removing VLC player from GUI

To remove VLC from GUI, open the Ubuntu Software center.
In search box, search the keyword \”vlc\”. From the result, click the installed vlc player. This brings the detailed description screen.

Click the Remove button to uninstall the VLC.

remove vlc

To authenticate the uninstallation, type your password and click the \”Authenticate\” button.

authenticate  remove of vlc

Upon successful authentication, VLC will be removed in few seconds.

vlc removed

Removing VLC from command line

To remove VLC from the command, open a terminal. In terminal, run the following command.

$sudo apt-get remove vlc

When it prompts, type y and press enter key to confirm the uninstallation.

vlc removed

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