I have installed yesterday Ubuntu 16.04 on my new laptop, and I have an annoying problem: VLC won't show subtitles.

Not only that, it doesn't even show the title of the video file, despite the option being checked in Tools > Preferences > Subtitles/OSD.

I have tried with both external .srt files and subtitles contained in the video file, but no text is showing at any time. The built-in video player by Ubuntu reads and displays the subtitles without any problems.


Using another thread about VLC subtitles (Ubuntu VLC subtitles blurry) I was able to solve myself the problem:

One has to go under Tools > Preferences > Video and and change the output field from Default to x11 video output (XCB).

  • Thank you very much, I had the same issue and you saved me! – ed0 Feb 8 '17 at 21:22

I had same problem on ubuntu 20.04. I solved it by installing vlc via apt instead of snap. I guess snap install cause some problems regarding file read permissions.

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