VLC is a free and open-source multimedia player. It is cross-platform  and can play almost all multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs,  and different streaming protocols.

This tutorial shows how to install VLC media player on Debian 9.


You’ll need to be logged in as a user with sudo access to be able to install packages on your Debian system.

Install VLC Media Player on Debian

The VLC package included in the official Debian 9 repositories and the installation is pretty straightforward.

Open your terminal and type the following commands to install VLC:

sudo apt update

When prompted type Y and the installation will start:

Do you want to continue? [Y/n]

That’s it. You can launch the VLC player either from the command line by typing vlc or by clicking on the VLC Media Player icon.

When  VLC is launched for the first time, a window like the following will  appear with information about the VLC privacy and network access policy.

Set VLC as the Default Media Player

To  set VLC as the default media player in Debian 9, open Gnome Settings,  click on the “Details” button and go to “Default applications”.

In the Music and Video dropdowns select “VLC Media Player”:


You  have learned how to install VLC on your Debian 9 desktop. You can now  explore your new Media Player and start watching streams videos or  listening to your favorite artists.

To find more information about VLC visit the VideoLAN’s Documentation page.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.