How to Install VLC 3.0 in RHEL/CentOS 8/7/6 and Fedora 25-30

VLC (VideoLAN Client) is an open source and free simple fast and much powerful cross-platform player and framework for playing most of multimedia files like CD, DVD, VCD, Audio CD and other various supported streaming media protocols.

It was written by the VideoLAN project and can be available for all operating platforms such as Windows, Linux, Solaris, OS X, Android, iOS and other supported operating systems.

Recently, VideoLan team announced the major release of VLC 3.0 with some new features, number of improvements and bug fixes.

VLC 3.0 Features

  • VLC 3.0 “Vetinari” is a new major update of VLC
  • Activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!
  • It supports 10bits and HDR
  • Supports 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisonics 3rd order
  • Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
  • Stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
  • Supports browsing of local network drives and NAS

Find out all the changes in VLC 3.0 in the release announcement page.

This is our ongoing Best Linux Players series, in this article, we will show you how to install latest version of VLC 3.0 Media Player in RHEL 8/7/6, CentOS 7/6 and Fedora 25-30 systems using third party repositories with Yum automated package installer.

Suggested Read: 10 Best Open Source Video Players For Linux in 2015

Install VLC 3.0 Media Player in RHEL/CentOS and Fedora

VLC program doesn’t included in the RHEL/CentOS based operating systems, we need to install it using third party repositories like RPM Fusion and EPEL. With the help of these repositories we can install list of all updated packages automatically using YUM package manager tool.

Suggested Read: Install Latest VLC Media Player in Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Install RPM Fusion and EPEL Repositories on RHEL/CentOS

First, install Epel and RPM Fusion repository for your RHEL/CentOS based distribution using following commands. Please select and install it according to your Linux supported system versions.

For RHEL/CentOS 8
# yum install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm
# yum install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/el/rpmfusion-free-release-8.noarch.rpm 
For RHEL/CentOS 7
# yum install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
# yum install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/el/rpmfusion-free-release-7.noarch.rpm
For RHEL/CentOS 6
# yum install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
# yum install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/el/rpmfusion-free-release-6.noarch.rpm

Installing RPMFusion Repository on Fedora

Under Fedora distributions, the RPMFusion repository comes as pre-installed, if not you can follow below commands install and enable it as shown:

For Fedora 25-30
# dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

Check the Availability of VLC in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

Once you’ve all the repositories installed on your system, do the following command to check the availability of VLC player.

# yum info vlc
# dnf info vlc         [On Fedora 25+ releases]
Sample Output :
Last metadata expiration check: 0:01:11 ago on Thursday 20 June 2019 04:27:05 PM IST.
Available Packages
Name         : vlc
Epoch        : 1
Version      : 3.0.7.1
Release      : 4.el7
Arch         : x86_64
Size         : 1.8 M
Source       : vlc-3.0.7.1-4.el7.src.rpm
Repo         : rpmfusion-free-updates
Summary      : The cross-platform open-source multimedia framework, player and server
URL          : https://www.videolan.org
License      : GPLv2+
Description  : VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework
             : capable of reading most audio and video formats as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs,
             : and various streaming protocols.
             : It can also be used as a media converter or a server to stream in uni-cast or
             : multi-cast in IPv4 or IPv6 on networks.

Installing VLC Player in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

As you see the VLC player is available, so install it by running the following command on the terminal.

# yum install vlc
# dnf install vlc       [On Fedora 25+ releases]

Starting VLC Player in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

Run the following command from the Desktop terminal as normal user to Launch the VLC player. (Note : VLC is not supposed to be run as root user). if you wish, follow this article to run VLC as root user.

$ vlc
VLC Player Preview

See the preview of VLC Player under my CentOS 7 system.

VLC Player in CentOS 7

VLC Preview in CentOS 7

Install VLC in CentOS 7

VLC Preview in CentOS 7

Updating VLC Player in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

If you would like to Update or Upgrade VLC player to latest stable version, use the following command.

# yum update vlc
# dnf update vlc      [On Fedora 25+ releases]

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119 Responses

  1. BRH says:

    I successfully installed VLC player on CentOS 6.9, but every mp4 and flv video I play only displays a green screen.

  2. Chainarong says:

    I have error when install VLC
    ####
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(kill_fasync) = 0xdd9d7a7d for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(fasync_helper) = 0x124106ba for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(amd_iommu_unbind_pasid) = 0xc3022564 for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(amd_iommu_set_invalidate_ctx_cb) = 0x904f86f0 for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(amd_iommu_set_invalid_ppr_cb) = 0xe693e19b for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(amd_iommu_init_device) = 0xbf4e6777 for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0x90b26027 for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(amd_iommu_enable_device_erratum) = 0x4ea602e8 for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(amd_iommu_device_info) = 0x0eab57ba for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Processing Dependency: kernel(amd_iommu_bind_pasid) = 0x8bd98934 for package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64
    –> Finished Dependency Resolution
    Error: Package: kmod-fglrx-15.12-3.el7.elrepo.x86_64 (elrepo)
    Requires: kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0x90b26027
    Installed: kernel-3.10.0-514.el7.x86_64 (@anaconda)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xfea37b21
    Installed: kernel-3.10.0-693.5.2.el7.x86_64 (@updates)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xfea37b21
    Available: kernel-3.10.0-693.el7.x86_64 (base)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xfea37b21
    Available: kernel-3.10.0-693.1.1.el7.x86_64 (updates)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xfea37b21
    Available: kernel-3.10.0-693.2.1.el7.x86_64 (updates)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xfea37b21
    Available: kernel-3.10.0-693.2.2.el7.x86_64 (updates)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xfea37b21
    Available: kernel-debug-3.10.0-693.el7.x86_64 (base)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xa7d33d6a
    Available: kernel-debug-3.10.0-693.1.1.el7.x86_64 (updates)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xa7d33d6a
    Available: kernel-debug-3.10.0-693.2.1.el7.x86_64 (updates)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xa7d33d6a
    Available: kernel-debug-3.10.0-693.2.2.el7.x86_64 (updates)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xa7d33d6a
    Available: kernel-debug-3.10.0-693.5.2.el7.x86_64 (updates)
    kernel(amd_iommu_free_device) = 0xa7d33d6a……
    ….

    #####
    CentOS Linux release 7.4.1708 (Core)
    Linux mercury.centos 3.10.0-693.5.2.el7.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Oct 20 20:32:50 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

  3. Ashok says:

    I tried all the above and failed. Now using Video Player Chrome extension to watch mp4 on my centos 7 laptop. Works like a charm!

  4. kaa says:

    I followed these instructions to install VLC Player on CentOS 7.

    $ sudo yum -y install epel-release
    $ sudo rpm --import http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/RPM-GPG-KEY-nux.ro
    $ sudo rpm -Uvh http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el7/x86_64/nux-dextop-release-0-1.el7.nux.noarch.rpm
    $ sudo yum -y install ffmpeg ffmpeg-devel
    $ yum info vlc
    $ yum install vlc
    
  5. ShekharL says:

    Thank you for the article.

  6. hemanth says:

    [[email protected] repo]# yum install vlc
    Loaded plugins: product-id, refresh-packagekit, subscription-manager
    Updating Red Hat repositories.
    Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: epel. Please verify its path and try again

  7. Prakash kr singh says:

    when install vlc then some packages install and this are require
    Error: Package: libprojectM-2.1.0-2.el7.x86_64 (epel)
    Requires: libGLEW.so.1.10()(64bit)
    Error: Package: 1:vlc-2.2.2-5.el7.nux.x86_64 (nux-dextop)
    Requires: libfribidi.so.0()(64bit)
    Error: Package: libass-0.13.4-1.el7.x86_64 (epel)
    Requires: libfribidi.so.0()(64bit)
    Error: Package: 1:vlc-core-2.2.2-5.el7.nux.x86_64 (nux-dextop)
    Requires: libfribidi.so.0()(64bit)
    Error: Package: 1:vlc-core-2.2.2-5.el7.nux.x86_64 (nux-dextop)
    Requires: libminizip.so.1()(64bit)
    Error: Package: 1:vlc-2.2.2-5.el7.nux.x86_64 (nux-dextop)
    Requires: libminizip.so.1()(64bit)
    You could try using –skip-broken to work around the problem
    ** Found 1 pre-existing rpmdb problem(s), ‘yum check’ output follows:
    google-chrome-stable-52.0.2743.116-1.x86_64 has missing requires of libnss3.so(NSS_3.19.1)(64bit)

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @Prakash,

      May I know on which Linux distribution version you’re trying? If yes CentOS 6.x, you need to upgrade your system to install latest version of libraries…

  8. rabbani says:

    I follow the steps to intall vlc in centos 7 i386 but i got error plese help me to slove the erroe

    —> Package zvbi.i686 0:0.2.35-1.el6 will be installed
    –> Processing Dependency: libpng12.so.0(PNG12_0) for package: zvbi-0.2.35-1.el6.i686
    –> Processing Dependency: libpng12.so.0 for package: zvbi-0.2.35-1.el6.i686
    –> Finished Dependency Resolution
    Error: Package: libcddb-1.3.2-2.el6.i686 (epel)
    Requires: libcdio.so.10
    Error: Package: vlc-2.1.6-1.el6.nux.i686 (nux-dextop)
    Requires: kde-filesystem
    Error: Package: zvbi-0.2.35-1.el6.i686 (epel)
    Requires: libpng12.so.0(PNG12_0)
    Error: Package: SDL_image-1.2.12-9.el6.i686 (epel)
    Requires: libpng12.so.0(PNG12_0)
    Error: Package: qt-mobility-1.1.3-2.el6.i686 (epel)
    Requires: qt4(x86-32) >= 4.6.2
    Error: Package: qtwebkit-2.1.1-1.el6.i686 (epel)
    Requires: libQtOpenGL.so.4
    Error: Package: vlc-core-2.1.6-1.el6.nux.i686 (nux-dextop)
    Requires: libpng12.so.0(PNG12_0)
    Error: Package: schroedinger-1.0.8-4.el6.i686 (epel)
    Requires: liboil-0.3.so.0
    Error: Package: vlc-2.1.6-1.el6.nux.i686 (nux-dextop)
    Requires: libminizip.so.1
    Error: Package: vlc-core-2.1.6-1.el6.nux.i686 (nux-dextop)
    Requires: libmtp.so.8
    Error: Package: SDL_image-1.2.12-9.el6.i686 (epel)
    Requires: libSDL-1.2.so.0
    Error: Package: qt-mobility-1.1.3-2.el6.i686 (epel)
    Requires: libgstphotography-0.10.so.0
    Error: Package: vlc-2.1.6-1.el6.nux.i686 (nux-dextop)
    Requires: libxcb-keysyms.so.1
    Error: Package: qt-mobility-1.1.3-2.el6.i686 (epel)
    Requires

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @Rabbani,

      It seems two repositories EPEL and Nux-Desktop conflicting packages, better try to disable EPEL repository and install the VLC from Nux-Desktop repository, I hope it will install without any errors..

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @Mike,

      Thanks for updating us about new EPEL version, yes the old EPEL link is broken, I’ve updated with new working links..

  9. jishnu says:

    hey i’m having this

    [[email protected] root]$ vlc
    VLC media player 2.0.8 Twoflower (revision 2.0.7-29-g12aebf9)
    [0x1df1dc8] inhibit interface error: Failed to connect to the D-Bus session daemon: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.
    [0x1df1dc8] main interface error: no suitable interface module
    No protocol specified
    [0x1df1dc8] main interface error: no suitable interface module
    [0x1d25108] main libvlc error: interface “globalhotkeys,none” initialization failed
    [0x1d25108] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use ‘cvlc’ to use vlc without interface.
    No protocol specified
    [0x1df1dc8] qt4 interface error: Could not connect to X server
    No protocol specified
    [0x1df1dc8] skins2 interface error: cannot initialize OSFactory
    [0x1df1dc8] [cli] lua interface: Listening on host “*console”.
    VLC media player 2.0.8 Twoflower
    Command Line Interface initialized. Type `help’ for help.

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