How to Install VLC in Ubuntu

How to Install VLC in Ubuntu


After installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS the first thing you would want to do as a normal user might be to play a movie, listen to audios etc. Ubuntu’s default video player is good. But everyone loves VLC.

VLC is the choice of most people using Ubuntu and other Linux distro. VLC can run most of the media files on Ubuntu and other Linux distro. There’s a saying that if VLC can’t run a media file, then there’s no player can. VLC player is like the GOD of all other player in the universe. This is why it’s loved by all.

The website of VLC says VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.”

This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to install VLC player on Ubuntu. To follow this tutorial, you need to have the following requirements:

  • A computer with Ubuntu operating system installed.
  • Good internet connection to download the required software packages from the internet.
  • Basic knowledge of Ubuntu terminal. With basic I mean, how to open a terminal on Ubuntu and how to execute commands.

Let’s get started. 

Step 1: First open the terminal of your Ubuntu operating system. You can open your terminal by pressing Control, Alt and T at the same time. You can also go to the Unity dashboard and search by the keyword “Terminal” and click on the terminal. Or you can right click on the Desktop and click on “Open Terminal”.

Step 2: Now it’s time to update the repository information of your Ubuntu operating system. The repository is updated frequently, so if you have an old repository database on your Ubuntu system, you will end up installing an old version of VLC media player. Because your Ubuntu operating system won’t have any idea that there is new VLC media player packages available. Run the following command and press enter,

“sudo apt-get update”


It will prompt you for your password. Type in your user password and press Enter.


Package repository update will start automatically. Wait for it to finish, it will take some time if it’s the first time you’re running this command.

Step 3: Once it’s complete. Run the following command.
“sudo apt-get install vlc”


Type in your user password and press Enter.


On the prompt, press y and press Enter. VLC media player installation will start.


It will take several minutes depending on your internet speed. Wait and let it finish.


Step 4: Once it’s finished you can play audio and video files using VLC media player. To play media files using VLC media player, right click on any media file and hover over “Open With” and click on “VLC media player”. Really simple.


The first time you run it, it will prompt for network access. Click “Continue”.


That’s it. Have fun with VLC media player and Ubuntu.