I want to install older version of VLC (1.1.9) because of the sound bug in 2.* which makes it unusable (sound is distorted when the user sets the volume > 100% and then you can't fix it anymore). I've googled about the bug and found out that it's being fixed, but I don't want to install 2.0.4, because it's still a nightly build. The 2.0.3 version (in repos) has this bug.

I tried with Synaptic -> removed vlc 2.0.3 -> right_clicked vlc package -> Properties -> Versions, but there are no older versions. I've found official source (.tar.gz) but I don't want to compile it myself. I can't find any .deb files.

So how do I do this?


You can find the VLC 1.1.9 deb here:

You should consider locking the vlc package to prevent it from getting updated accidentally again.

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  • Problems - now old dependencies are not satisfied :) Tried installing (first) vlc-nox from the same website and then there are other dependencies not satisfied. I'm afraid to go further so I won't be doing this recursively. What do you think? – Primož Kralj Oct 25 '12 at 15:55
  • Download here
  • Extract the downloaded .tat.bz2 package
  • To install please read INSTALL file which guide you how to install it.


A typical way to configure VLC is:

./configure --prefix=/usr

See ./configure --help for more information.

Building VLC

Once configured, run make to build VLC.

Installing and running VLC

You can install the VLC and its plugins by typing:

make install
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  • Thank you for the explanation, I am sure many will find it useful. But for the simplicity's sake I'll download .deb from @Edgar's answer. – Primož Kralj Oct 25 '12 at 15:44
  • @PrimožKralj I understand :) – Achu Oct 25 '12 at 15:46
  • If you see my third comment from selected answer (@Edgar) - I am having dependency issues now. Will installing it this way (building from source) help or will I have the same problem, if you know? – Primož Kralj Oct 25 '12 at 15:57
  • @PrimožKralj You don't have to even install VLC after building using that .tat.bz2. If you read it the READ file. You can run it from .vlc directory. Anyway, i didn't tried installing that package. So, i can't tell you that it doesn't have dependency issue. You should try it :) – Achu Oct 25 '12 at 19:20

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