VLC is one of the most popular open-source multimedia players. It is  cross-platform and can play virtually all multimedia files as well as  DVDs, Audio CDs, and different streaming protocols.

This tutorial  explains how to install VLC media player on Ubuntu 18.04. The same  instructions apply for Ubuntu 16.04 and any Ubuntu-based distribution,  including Kubuntu, Linux Mint, and Elementary OS.


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

Install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu

The deb package included in the official Ubuntu 18.04 repositories always lags behind the latest version of VLC.

The recommended approach to install VLC on Ubuntu 18.04 is by using the snappy packaging system. This way you will always have the latest major VLC  version with all codecs, security and critical bug fixes, and optical  media support installed on your desktop.

At the time of writing this article, the latest stable version of the VLC media player is version 3.0.6.

Open your terminal using the Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut and type the following command to install VLC on your Ubuntu desktop:

sudo snap install vlc

Once the installation is complete, you will see the following output:

vlc 3.0.6 from VideoLAN✓ installed

That’s it. VLC media player has been installed on your  Ubuntu system, you can launch the player by clicking on the VLC Media  Player icon (Activities -> VLC Media Player).

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 Ubuntu 18.04, open the  Activities screen, search for “default applications” and click on it.

When “Default Applications” window opens, in the Music dropdown select “VLC Media Player”:


You  have learned how to install VLC on your Ubuntu 18.04 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.

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