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 Responses

  1. Izhar... says:

    After a lot of messing up with “WINDOWS” and developing a few application softwares… I suddenly thought that (confessing the truth) if i can’t resist the piracy of my own products… Then do I deserve a good pat for using the windows and all the stuffy warez thereof!!

    Of course, Not!
    There and then I decided to leave windows things unto then, when I’d be able enough to PAY for all the softwares I use!
    And hence a step away from piracy!!!

    And then the turn was of “UBUNTU”- The Linux for Human Being!

    But the hell of my luck was a step further ahead of mine. In so much of my busy schedule, I made a study on Linux interface and working environment.

    And to the most discouraging fact was that, that there is a lot to do just for nothing!

    Installing a mere VLC Player is a matter of discussion in so many forums 🙁

    Not to say about the BIGGER things, as how could one think of those in such a tiresome scenario!

    Finally, although Unwillingly! I think i shall have to switch back to “Microsoft”. And atleast pay them with WORDS OF PRAISE for making things so easy. Atleast until I be able to pay in CASH.

    But still, I shall not leave the linux in that state though. Being a developer and *Human* i am duty-bound to ease the things for others!
    Atleast in computers!

    AM I RIGHT ???

  2. Ertragen says:

    wow Izhar sure said alot without saying anything smart. How hard could it be just to goto Synaptic Package Manager and search for vlc, check and be done with that.

    Izhar all you did was try to phrase your words in sentences where you try too hard to sound very intellectual and educated but in the end you gave no one any solid advice or helpful ideas to try.

  3. Izhar... says:

    Dear Ertragen,

    Sorry for my pessimistic approach… but in such a scenario when i was upto make a switch (first time, of course) over the OS… You may easily guess how unaware of the new Platform (Linux) I’d be !!
    Still, I tried to find out everything from scratch. But a lot of Googling… made me think so…..
    For any Newbie to the world of computers, the first thing is that, s/he gets a software (either purchase or piracy, lets not discuss that)… And the only thing they need to do.. is
    > Double click
    > Accept
    > Next
    > Next
    > …
    > …
    > Finish
    And its all done.

    And I don’t think this is not possible with Linux as well. But then why use package manager…

    Can’t we make things convenient… after all we are the responsible one. Aren’t we?

    And if I am not misguided, then the Synaptic Package Manager needs to connect to Internet every time we add an application…
    Is it feasible for everyone!!

    If I’m wrong anywhere… Plz let me know…

    And yes I never intended to “try too hard to sound very intellectual and educated”…
    But I’ll do my best, and you know am in a fix to USE TIME or to SPEND TIME…

    Thanks Anyways…

  4. harshit sharma says:

    yaar i dont think usning linux is a good decision for a non comuter science guy. It needs so much messup in installing appllications. windows is a smart choice.
    But still its a need of market so have to do it.

  5. sayantan says:


  6. abrar says:

    I quite agree with Izhar. I made earlier attempts to switch to Linux, but non-availability of software was the bottleneck. And I have been trying for last three days to install vlc with synoptic manager but to no avail…..perhaps the slow net connection is to blame. Anyway, I love the spirit of the great people like Stallman, Linus and others, and am making my best effort to completely switch to Linux. Hope things will become easier with time. And dear Ertragen, i guess you were a little rude to Izhar. Linux is world of pacifist for sure.

  7. blah says:

    You all are expecting way too much from Linux. First off, when you don’t get your “next… next… next… finish…” that’s not because of Linux itself. That’s because of the person who packaged it. Linux wasn’t made to be easy for people, Linux was made for those who want to get the most out of their computer because they more or less need it. It’s a much more stable option than Windows, it’s just not targeted towards the everyday user.
    Abrar: You say that lack of software availability was a bottleneck. That’s what everyone says. It’s not the lack of software. It’s the lack of knowledge. You don’t know how to install the software, and it seems that, like Izhar, you expect it to be made easier. I doubt it’ll be made any easier. You’re just not researching enough. When I was a newbie I managed to get everything I needed installed, with just a bit of research. You should try that some time.
    There is plenty of software created for Linux, and in most cases it’s much more stable than comparable software made for Windows.
    Conclusion: Stop expecting, start researching.

  8. blah says:

    When I say “That’s because of the person who packaged it” I mean that’s because of the person who packaged the software you’re trying to install.

  9. Maxlite says:

    I’ve been ‘fooling’ around with Ubuntu for almost 2 years and I’m still a newbie. I’m fascinated with the availability of software but it has one shortfall; it needs to be ‘tuned’ for your specific needs. Due to copyright and other legal issues, some additional packages must be found and installed to complete the installation. I couldn’t do that with Windows. Ubuntu boots and closes so much more quickly than Windows. Once I got used to Ubuntu, returning to Windows was history. My wife is dual booting and goes to Windows very rarely, primarily for ancient backup programs and files. Her machine is unbelievably stable since I’m not continually using it for my experiments. Since many programs are targeted at a worldwide audience, some are not very U.S. friendly. Find them and remove them. The only money I’ve spent on Ubuntu was $40 for Moneydance to replace Quicken (which had gotten to complex for me.) Oh yeah, the availability of multiple programs to accomplish the same objective is wonderful. Google is great for finding them.

  10. indika says:

    thanks your support

  11. keith says:

    wow come on,, I remember when I was 10 trying to install redhat.. I concluded that linux was one f’d up system.

    10 yrs later, tried ubuntu and fedora, cant believe how amazingly and beautifully things are organized in such a short time, while windows was mostly smoothing things out..

    the point of having synaptic package manager is that, you could get everything with just mere internet connection.. how does that sound now?

    getting used to a new system is just like learning a new language,, assuming you speak english, and not japanese, say you are stranded in japan. how quickly would you be able to pick up their cultural knowledge, etc etc,,,

    Now im trying hard to get used to mac, (ive just used for 2-3 yrs during my teenager) it makes me feel like monkey and keep trying stupid things that MS brainwashed me.. I’d love to keep practicing mac, but why do so when I can afford for cheaper (FREE) alternative?

    Anyways, wrote too much I guess..
    Dont give up newbs! Keep trying!!
    One day we’ll be able to write up our own open office and shit lol

  12. shantanu says:

    Boss!! u mensioned above abt synaptic package manager but i tried all the stuff above & saw universe listing in the file sources.list
    it shows :

    ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    ## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
    ## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    deb jaunty universe
    deb-src jaunty universe
    deb jaunty-updates universe
    deb-src jaunty-updates universe

    But STILL I CANNOT get VLC player package !!

    plz help yar.

  13. hemad says:

    I can’t find direct address for downloading VlC payer is it possible for you to give me an address which i could download vlc in windows os.
    i’m not professional so in deb extension is easier
    thanks alot

  14. Pragmatic Realist says:

    Package managers & repositories are nice if you have network access on your machine. But if you are one of the significant numbers who are still using dial-up (and have no other choice), you are screwed with Ubuntu.

    Is there any way to just download this in Windows and then copy it to media that Ubuntu can read?

  15. Izhar... says:

    Oh my God! Still everyone is just discussing the things that is currently visible to all!

    I Hope and am waiting for someone to come up with some new ideas!

    And perhaps no-one noticed my remark, that AN INTERNET CONNECTION IS A MUST to use Package Manger, and thats still a heck for many.

    If it had been for Once or twice, maybe ok. But to connect everytime we install, and download entire package of the required software….

    Oh No! It really sucks!!

  16. jibin.v.k says:

    this os is user friendly

  17. jibin.v.k says:

    this is good

  18. twiligtzone says:

    no one ask u to use linux os…so get used to it. If u wanna cheap os get linux with all cons. but if u prefer expensive one use Windows with all simple task ok…

  19. nav says:

    i tried installing vlc th command line “sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd” does not work because its not able to find vlc-plugin-esd then i tried using synaptic package manager .. it makes the work easy … just u have to search for “vlc” in the synaptic rest from download to install all is done by it .

  20. Bill says:

    reading this swill makes me want to go back to DOS..Not one solution…trash

  21. mano says:

    i didnt hav internet connection so pls tell how to manual instal the vlc in ubuntu or tell the another way to install

  22. bharatwaj says:

    i tried to install vlc on ubuntu 9.04 in terminal but

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.

    Since you only requested a single operation it is extremely likely that
    the package is simply not installable and a bug report against
    that package should be filed.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    vlc: Depends: libtar but it is not installable
    Depends: libvcdinfo0 (> 0.7.23) but it is not installable
    Depends: libvlc0 (>= 0.8.6.release.e+x264svn20071224+faad2.6.1) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: libwxbase2.6-0 (>= but it is not installable
    Depends: libwxgtk2.6-0 (>= but it is not installable
    Depends: libxosd2 (>= 2.2.13) but it is not installable
    Depends: vlc-nox (= 0.8.6.release.e+x264svn20071224+faad2.6.1-0ubuntu3.2) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: vlc-plugin-pulse but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages

    this result is coming. help me with this

  23. G.N.R.S.U says:

    VLC is even better than KMPlayer !!!

  24. Abhilash says:

    There is Amarok if you have good RAM. VLC, mplayer,Amarok and about a dozen others are all pretty good. My advice is try them all and use the ones you like the most.VLC or MPlayer are better. Banshee is very slow and MONO dependent. So, Amarok stays ahead to Banshee. My advice is try them all and use the ones you like the most. click here:””

  25. vimal solanki says:


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