How to install VLC in Ubuntu?

VLC is a free, open-source, and cross-platform media player. It is one of the most popular media players that supports various videos and audio formats it is capable of streaming media from a URL. VLC is developed under the VideoLAN project.

In this article, I will discuss how to install VLC in Ubuntu. You can use these instructions to install VLC in other Debian or Ubuntu-based distributions.


You should have access to a user account with superuser privileges.

How to install VLC media player in Ubuntu

There are several methods using which you can install VLC in a Ubuntu system.

Method 1: Installing VLC from Ubuntu repository

The easiest way to install VLC is to download it from the Ubuntu repository. The disadvantage of installing a package from this method is that you may end installing a relatively older version of VLC.

By using the given command you can install VLC from the Ubuntu repository on your system –

sudo apt install vlc -y

Method 2: Installing VLC from Ubuntu Software

The second method is to install it from the Ubuntu Software. Follow the given points to install VLC from Ubuntu software –

  • Press the super key or click on Show Application
  • Search Ubuntu software in the search bar
  • Click on the icon that appears

search ubuntu software

  • In Ubuntu Software search VLC and click on the icon as displayed in the given image.

search vlc

  • Next click on Install and if it asks for your password enter it to start the installation.

vlc install

  • Once get installed you can launch it from the activity dashboard.

Method 3: Installing VLC using Snap

Snaps are containerized packages that can be used across the different distributions of Linux. This is one of the easiest methods of installing packages on a Ubuntu system.

Now to install the VLC snap package on your system use –

sudo snap install vlc

This will install the VLC on your system.

Method 4: Installing VLC AppImage

Download the VLC AppImage package and then use the following command to make the file executable.

chmod +x Downloads/VLC*.AppImage

Next, run the media player from your terminal by using –


Replace the name of the file with what you have downloaded.

Method 5: Installing VLC flatpak package

Flatpak is another way of building, distributing, and running sandboxed desktop applications on a Linux system.

To download the VLC Flatpak package first you need to install and configure Flatpak on your Ubuntu system.

To install Flatpak open your terminal and execute the given command –

sudo apt install flatpak -y

Next, add the Flathub repository by using the given command –

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Now use the given command to install the VLC flatpak package –

flatpak install flathub org.videolan.VLC

Open VLC media player in Ubuntu

After installing VLC from one of the methods you can launch it by searching VLC in the activities dashboard.

Click on the icon like it is given in the image below.

search vlc

This will open the VLC on your system. You can find a media file and play it or stream from a URL.



This is how you can install the VLC media player in Ubuntu. Now if you have a query then write us in the comments below.

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