Every time a new Ubuntu release comes out something bad happens to VLC (at lest for me). Last upgrade VLC just wouldn't install, now it installs but when I launch it nothing happens. I would like to know how to fix this issue and prevent future VLC issues on upgrade? when I launch VLC from terminal I get this:

VLC media player 3.0.0-git Vetinari (revision 3.0.0~~git20151020+r62120+34~ubuntu15.04.1)

And then nothing happens. I’m running Ubuntu 15.10.when I update the ppa information I get this:

W:Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/videolan/stable-daily/ubuntu/dists/wily/main/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found    
  • Probably broken packages. Try this Oct 31, 2015 at 18:19

2 Answers 2


I fixed the problem by using the following commands:

sudo apt-get purge vlc
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get install vlc
  • This fixed my recent issues. Thank you so much! Though it seems to have rolled me back to a previous version. Mar 14, 2018 at 10:58
  • I'm glad my answer was able to help someone! Jun 19, 2018 at 2:07

Try removing your VLC config folder ~/.config/vlc. Or try vlc --ignore-config.

  • nothing happens just this: VLC media player 3.0.0-git Vetinari (revision 3.0.0~~git20151020+r62120+34~ubuntu15.04.1). note I'm using 15.10 and it says 15.04 Nov 1, 2015 at 18:14

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