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Install and Use the VLC Media Player on Ubuntu Linux

The VLC Media Player is an open source, cross-platform media client that supports the vast majority of media formats. Just check out the features page to see the list of them.

To install VLC, open a terminal window and use the following command:

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc

Once installed, you can find the VLC player in the Sound and Video menu under Applications.

The default skin is pretty simple, but it gets the job done:

You will need to restart firefox to be able to use the plugin.

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  • Published 12/4/06

Comments (65)

  1. john

    nice

  2. mikebeasley

    i like

  3. mikebeasley

    i dont have

  4. mikebeasley

    thank you

  5. mikebeasley

    what next i do not know it wont start downloading

  6. maripaka

    Hi,

    I am using Dapper Drake (6.06)…and below are my concerns abt VLC media player…

    # By mistake I had installed the VLC player of next version….will that be a problem?

    # Not sure if thats the reason..but when opened .mp4 file…the video is all blurred…how can i fix this?

    # for .avi files…i have the .srt(subtitle file) in the same folder…but its not showing the subtitles…any settings to be changed?

  7. chris

    hi there,

    when I try and install this from terminal in Edgy Eft
    i get

    “Reading packages list…Done
    Building Dependancy tree..Done
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc”

    do you have any ideas what could be happening?

  8. praveen

    hai all ,
    when i tried to install vlc in ubuntu 6.06
    sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc

    pls give a solution for this

    regards
    kpk

  9. sabbir

    i entered VLC site to download player for ubuntu/kubuntu.
    but i dont find such things.
    how i download the software?

  10. Debashis

    Hi all,
    I tried to install vlc in ubuntu 7.1
    With this command- sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done

    E: Couldn’t find package vlc

    Please provide my some solutions.

    -Debashis

  11. Gaurang

    i got the same error when i tried the command given above …

    bt then … with little googaling … i find following code …

    % sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd mozilla-plugin-vlc

    use this command to get things done … and even don’t need to restart firefox ….

    ( its given on VLC website …http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-ubuntu.html )

    man.. i must say that … this site has really very very usefull stuffs for newbies like me … i have installed linux in my life very first time and this site helped me very lot at every problems …. so i thought its better to share what i found …

    long live LINUX :p

  12. mfm

    when I try and install this from terminal in Ubuntu/dapper

    “Reading packages list…Done
    Building Dependancy tree..Done
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc”

  13. ARVIND

    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

  14. deKub

    this is ridiculous. not only do i not know how to do it, but i don’t even know what is best to do, nor do i have any direction. i’ve only been able to get opera to install in this dapper drake kubuntu even though i’d prefer firefox. the screen saver doesn’t even work in this version of kubuntu. linux is for masochists, right?

  15. Abhilash.P.Kumar

    good@good:~$ sudo apt-get install vlc
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc

  16. Ace

    Been getting the same “E: Couldn’t find package vlc” but like what ARVIND said, make sure u have the

    sudo apt-get update

    and then type this in:

    sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd

    to complete the installation. Thanks ARVIND!

  17. bzerproductionz

    yes works fine thanks! i am using ubuntu 8.10

  18. Talal

    How can i install vlc from the .tar.bz2 i downloaded from vlc site????

  19. ashwaghosh

    how to install vlc media player for linux?

  20. Ganesh

    Hi friends, I am new user of ubuntu linux kindly tell me how to download and install softwares.?

  21. muddsar

    i am a new user of linex (Ubantu) kindly guide me in this regard how to use Urdu in Ubantu plz send me Urdu Fonts and other software required for Urdu in Ubantu
    if any one guide and help me.

  22. rajeevkumar

    how to install vlc media player for linux?

  23. hari

    hey thanxs for this information on the website.
    i was searching and hunting for the instalation sice last six hours at last i won sucess.
    thank you

  24. paxsim

    Hi evry1

    i typed in “sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc”

    and this is what I got:

    chris@genius3:~$ sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc
    chris@genius3:~$

    now I’ve Tried: “sudo apt-get update”
    which then gave me:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Followed by: “sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd”
    following a similar result:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc

    Can any one assist or advise me on what to do next

  25. Danish Backer

    Where do I get this software for download?

  26. swapnil

    hi there,

    when I try and install this from terminal in Edgy Eft
    i get

    “Reading packages list…Done
    Building Dependancy tree..Done
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc”

    do you have any ideas what could be happening?
    and how to install it properly

  27. vinod

    hi, this is vinod….
    i have recently installed ubuntu in my system….
    the problem is, i have downloaded the vlc player….
    bt, dnt know the procedure how to install the vlc player…..
    so, kindly tel me the installation procedure….
    please help me out…………

  28. Jure

    Thank you ARVIND!

  29. naresh

    hi…frnds i’m new user for ubuntu,i’m using reliance netconnect usb modem,in installation i got this type of error, cd bin not found

  30. EKANSH

    THANKS A LOT

  31. niggabyte

    wow…you are the guru. that was so easy!

  32. sudha

    not able resolve sound problems in ubuntu

  33. siplu

    i dont have net connection . how can i instal software in ubuntu linux…?if anyone know that , please inform me through my mail id ….i.e ….sk4m1987 (AT)_ gmail.com

  34. dimuthu

    how to downland vlc

  35. menuka99

    THanks ALL

    this was really helpful me to install the vlc player.

  36. DoragonHanta

    If you get the error:
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc”

    Edit you /etc/apt/source.list file and add to the bottom:
    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security main multiverse

    Then:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd

  37. pravin upadhyay

    Hi all,
    I tried to install vlc in ubuntu 7.1
    With this command- sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done

    E: Couldn’t find package vlc

    Please provide my some solutions.

  38. nick

    try this
    % sudo apt-get update
    % sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc

  39. simran

    i like very much

  40. bob

    I need help guys. the installation of vlc in my machine finished with the following error message:

    “ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    ttf-mscorefonts-installer
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)”

    when I try to play video, I see the images but no sound. how do i proceed

  41. itnaresh

    i am very new to oubuntu can u please give me a detailed description of how to install

  42. naveen

    hai all ,
    when i tried to install vlc in ubuntu 6.06
    sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package vlc

    pls give a solution for this

    regards
    kpk

    ANSWER:-
    firsly connect to the internet, and they type the command “sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc” in terminal….
    cheers

  43. Pravin

    Hey

    I have just installed the vlc player but i m not able to view or play any type of music or video it give error for rpm can some one help me in this

  44. Mehedi Simon

    Thanks………………a………………lot………………….

  45. Mateu

    thanks a lot for help.

  46. Mahesh

    i have downloaded vlc media player package from
    internet
    how can i install these packages on my system
    by using commands or any other way.
    reply me.

  47. Mahesh

    i have downloaded vlc player rpm packages,
    hw can i install in ubuntu
    reply me

  48. Priyank

    Nice It’s Work

  49. Bani

    ขอวิธีติดตั้งเลยไม่เข้าใจข้างบนอะ
    เริ่มติดตั้งยังไงมีโปรเเกรมเเล้วvlc
    ผมมีใหม่เจี๊ยบๆ

  50. GAYHEART OLYMPIO

    I try to install vlc player on my Linux-Ubuntu and it still give me error, pls help me with the necessary code

  51. manish

    my micromax 3g data not run on ubuntu 10.10 .plz help me

  52. adim

    am going to install it and code i have btb when it cant be istalled uc me again

  53. vlad

    E: Couldn’t find package vlc

  54. rick

    no audio when I played mp3 and the other file format like : avi, flv, etc. plz help me

  55. sam

    fucking guys
    this rocks?????????????????????????????

  56. sam

    guys how can i install vlc in ubantu 9.1 os
    please help me
    what type of command i will given

  57. Karthik

    I hav tried all the commands to install vlc in Ubuntu 10.04 but of no use.. i have tried to install from software center.. but it tells “requires installing of undesired package” and it aborts… tell me how to install vlc and also tell me how to install vlc after downloading the package??

  58. veeru

    hi am veerender i have recently installed ubuntu in my system….

    please help me how to download players………………

  59. Chandi

    Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanx

  60. Nkosilathi

    This sucks. I cant install vlc i have tried for over 8 hours. Am connected to the net. have tried sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc i dont know how many times. it is telling me i cant find vlc. this is useless.

  61. Aditya

    Hi, i got vlc installed but it’s not running. It is coming Applications -> Sound & Video -> VLC media player. But upon clicking it is not opening VLC player. Please anyone give me solution for this.

  62. gshaq

    what is the command to set VLC as the default media player in preferred applications?

    i.e: you click custom and then it tells you to provide a command and run it in terminal….what is this command?

  63. MeMeBot

    First type this in the terminal:

    sudo apt-get update

    Then this:

    sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-* mozilla-plugin-vlc

    That’s it.

  64. tadelebasa

    thanks guys!!!!!!!!!,
    how i get commands for other applcation installation rather than finding in the web?
    please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Sajad

    Hi…
    I use Ubuntu offline packages (Ubuntu-restricted-extras)… When u download those, u can install all of programs in terminal from an install file with terminal… It can solve ur program installing problem for a long time…
    but if u don’t wanna do this or, if any1 have problem 2 use from terminal, that’s no problem… u can use “software center” to update ur programs without using terminal…

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