How to Install VLC Media Player in Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint [in Different Ways]

This is a beginner’s guide shows how to install the popular VLC media player in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian via different ways.

VLC is available in most Linux systems’ main repositories. However, the package version is always old in some Linux Distributions (e.g., Ubuntu). There are a few other ways to install the latest version of the player, Snap and Flatpak packages are two of them that can be trusted.

Install VLC via system main repositories:

Open terminal from your system application launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo apt install vlc

For Ubuntu users, the package version is always lag behind. To get the latest release, try Snap or Flatpak.

You may also install the package via your system package manager, e.g.,Ubuntu Software, Synaptic Package Manager:

Install VLC via Snap package:

Snap is an universal package format developed by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. It bundles most required run-time libraries and runs in sandbox. And it features automatic update once you get an app installed.

The VLC team offers official Snap package available in the link below:

For Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and higher, you can search for and install it directly from Ubuntu Software.

NOTE: There are two VLC packages in Ubuntu Software. Go check the package details, the one from snapcraft.io is the Snap version.

And most Linux desktops, including Arch Linux, openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, and more, can install the snap package by running the following command after setup the snapd daemon:

snap install vlc

Install VLC via Flatpak in Linux:

VLC is also available as Flatpak, another universal Linux package format developed by an independent community.

The VLC Flatpak package is maintained by a group of contributors available at the link below:

Flatpak runs in most Linux desktops. After following the setup guide, you can install the media player via command:

flatpak install flathub org.videolan.VLC

How to Uninstall VLC in Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint:

To remove the VLC package installed from system main repositories, either remove it via system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove vlc

To remove the VLC Snap package, run command:

sudo snap remove vlc

To remove the VLC Flatpak package, run command:

flatpak uninstall org.videolan.VLC

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a geek who has been working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.