As VLC 2.0 is released, how do I get it in Ubuntu (XUbuntu actually, in my case) 11.10? Any PPAs or packages to download? The official page says "Ask your favorite packager..."


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I've just found the official VLC PPA.

Stable version snapshots

For the current stable version of VLC that is ppa:videolan/stable-daily (currently version 2.0)

Add it to your system

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily

Update and upgrade / install VLC

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc

For the daily master snapshots

For the master daily (testing) that is ppa:videolan/master-daily (currently version 2.1)

Add it to your system

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/master-daily

Update and upgrade / install VLC

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc

For more information about PPAs please visit the following post

  • By the way I've already noticed a drawback after installing 2.1 from the PPA: it doesn't offer Mozilla VLC Plugin (and does remove one already installed). That's a pity, I used to make intense use of it.
    – Ivan
    Feb 19, 2012 at 14:23
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    There seems to be no repository meant for 10.04 in the PPAs, @sivakumar. stable-daily PPA supports 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) and 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), master-daily PPA supports 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) and 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). If you really want to update your VLC you can either wait until someone builds stable VLC 2.0 release packages or try using Maverick repo of the master-daily PPA or Oneiric repo of the stable-daily PPA (by editing apt configuration files manually), but I am not sure it is going to work properly.
    – Ivan
    Feb 21, 2012 at 22:19
  • This answer should be deleted as that repo has not been built or functioned in at least a year. Aug 11, 2017 at 17:10

Open terminal(Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

As of today (2015/11/21), the latest VLC version

for 14.04 (vlc 2.2.1)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-*

for 14.04 & 15.04 & 15.10 (vlc 2.2.1)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-*
  • Will not work in 16.04, downvote for not being updated
    – rancho
    Feb 9, 2017 at 19:56
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    How can you expect it to work for 16.04 @rancho Did I mentioned it? pitty on you :(
    – Ravan
    Apr 28, 2017 at 1:55

As of 2021 there is a new unofficial PPA/repository:

1.) Add the VLC PPA: Firstly open terminal from system app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/vlc3

Type user password when it asks, while no asterisk feedback, and hit Enter to continue.

For the MATE desktop users, run this command instead to add another PPA with patch from full-screen issue:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/vlc3-mate

2.) Add the dependency PPA for updated media tools:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/ffmpeg4

3.) Install or update VLC:

sudo apt install vlc

As Jānis Elmeris commented, you might need to uninstall various old VLC-related packages first.

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    I get this error when installing vlc this way: Sekojošām pakotnēm ir neatrisinātas atkarības: vlc : Depends: vlc-plugin-base (= 3.0.12-3~20.04.sav0) bet tiks instalēts E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages. . Never mind, I had to uninstall various old VLC-related packages at first. Apr 30, 2021 at 8:03

In Ubuntu 14.04 and later VLC can be updated to the latest stable version by installing the vlc snap package. It notably plays MKV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MOV, WMV, QuickTime, WebM, FLAC, MP3, Ogg/Vorbis files, BluRays, DVDs, VCDs, podcasts, and multimedia streams from various network sources. It supports subtitles, closed captions and is translated in numerous languages.

Open the terminal and type:

sudo snap install vlc  

The vlc snap package will be updated automatically when updates are available.

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