Install VLC Media Player in Ubuntu

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The VLC media player is an open source media player, distributed under the GNU General Public License. It is a highly portable multimedia player that supports many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various different formats.

It is one of the most platform-independent players available, with versions for Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, BSD, Windows CE, and Solaris.

Install VLC Media player in Ubuntu

You need to make sure that you have a "universe" mirror in your /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd

This will complete the installation

If you want to open VLC You need to go to Applications--->Sound&Video--->VLC Media Player

Once it open you should see the following screen

VLC Media Player Version Details

VLC Media Player Skins 2 interface

VLC Media Player Skins

If you want to download VLC Media Player Skins check here

Install VLC Plugin for Mozilla Firefox

sudo apt-get install mozilla-plugin-vlc

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55 thoughts on “Install VLC Media Player in Ubuntu

  1. Does the mozilla plugin work for you? All I get at most sites with video is an empty box with (no video) in the middle.

    Research hasn’t solved the problem.

    Thanks for any tips you can pass along.

    Edgy up-to-date.

  2. Hi, thanks for the howto!
    I successfully installed VLC 0.8.6 on Feisty 64-bit following these instructions.
    However I am experiencing the following problem:

    VLC appears correctly under Applications > Sound and Video
    However, the right-click > open with option does not display the VLC option
    – if the file is local, you can right click > open with > VLC, but only after it has been loaded in VLC at least once.

    – if the file or direcory is on a network share, there is no way to “send it to” VLC. If I right clic and choose “Open with other application”, I do not get VLC in the “Other application” list.

    This leaves me with no alternative but to copy locally each file I need to play.

    This seems to have been documented in Launchpad, pls see

    My question is: is there a (not too complicated) way to get a shortcut added to the “Open with” list to work around this issue?

    Thanls for any help!

  3. Galieux, I use VLC with Ubuntu Windows Share. The only way I am able to stream the files over the network is to right click and copy the file and after that go on VLC and paste it right into the open file box (control-f). Then play.

  4. I’m new to ubuntu and coming from windows for the past 15 years , i am extremely confused about software installation. I don’t have a internet connection at home , living in africa and all…Do you download anything? When i went to vlc’s website to download , it just gave me a list of instructions to type? Help!!PLZ

  5. I am in a similar situation as Stephan, that I do not have a regular internet connection.

    Therefore I’m looking for advice of how to intall VLC Media player on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) offline and finding the vlc-player for Ubuntu in the first place.

    Jan Witkowsky

  6. I am in a similar situation as jan, that I do not have a regular internet connection.

    Therefore I’m looking for advice of how to intall VLC Media player on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) offline and finding the vlc-player for Ubuntu in the first place.


  7. hi thnks to d ubuntu team.muaaaaaaaaaaahhhh,itz grt learning new thngs wth ubuntu.m a information tech.student.nd got lifes realfun wth ubuntu.heads up to u dudes.

  8. Actually im new to Ubuntu….

    not getting anythin over here… wuld u plsss help me?

    ======> You need to make sure that you have a “universe” mirror in your /etc/apt/sources.list

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd

    This will complete the installation

    in da startin line.. UNIVERSE?? where it should be displayed?? wen i click on Source list. A small window opens in which the universe statement is ticked, after that what should i do?

  9. Hi guys currently i am using ubuntu 8.04 i need to install vlc media player for this so i kindly request you to help me the address or paths that are available on site. if you are having with help me.Thank u…………………..

  10. o man, im new to ubuntu, have been using vlc for ages, i luv VLC, but gud lord installin it on ubuntu is a real headache,,,
    i dunno where to start,, i guess my first question is, do i download and install the windows version? tried that 2 no avail,,
    went to th vlc page, clikt on th ubuntu, and it has krazy abstract instructions,,,
    “” search for vlc and install it. You should also install vlc-plugin-esd, mozilla-plugin-vlc (and libdvdcss2). “”im a dummy, tried that , error messages etc,,,,

  11. what is

    where do i type this?

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd

  12. Thanks! But, how can I play rmvb files with vlc player? Can you send me the answer?

    Thanks again!

  13. For the vlc player installation,
    If i type this command: sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd mozilla-plugin-vlc in the terminal it will display the result as:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc
    Then what will i do Please suggest me
    Thank you..

  14. i am new to ubuntu 8.10

    i dont know much about it

    & the most difficult is that i dont have net connection

    so i want plug ins to install

    please help me to find out links &
    procedure to install?

    help me guys & send me reply on my mail

  15. Hey, I just installed the newest desktop OS for Ubuntu 9.04 and yes there is so much I need to learn from it and starting with on how to use it the right way.

    Comparing it to windows, there are trade offs actually but it is faster even I am still using a P3 for a processor.

    One of my concern is about media player since I cannot play my dvds from totem or mp3 as well.

    can anybody help, i have lots of question in mind.


  16. hi users

    i have some bugs following the command to install the vlc media player . bugs are
    :E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

    please tell me what to do ?

  17. For ubuntu 9.10 install VLC using VLC offline installer with out internet connection. Here is the link to download offline installer

    if you want to install multimedia codec and other restricted packages with out internet connection then use ubuntu restricted extras offline installer for ubuntu 9.10. Here is the link to download package

  18. The ‘’ site does not work. It keeps saying there are no more free slots available. Are there alternative links to download the VLC offline installer?

  19. Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy offline vlc package install:

    Not sure if this will work, but I will try it today, as I have the same issue ( no internet, need to copy packages manually ).
    Since *ubuntu uses .deb packages [ Debian based ] I presume that I can download these from the Ubuntu package archives:
    Ubuntu Packages Search

    I just downloaded:
    from there. ( find a package / distro – download link at bottom of page summary, by architecture ).

    I will report on how it goes, as these might need more dependencies.
    Specifically I got this version ( .deb, i386, outdated ); Your version may be different.

    Package: vlc (0.8.6.release.e+x264svn20071224+faad2.6.1-0ubuntu3.3) [security] [multiverse]


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