How to Install VLC 3.0 in Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint

VLC (VideoLAN Client) is an open source highly portable Media Player that designed to run various video and audio media files, including mpeg, mpeg-2, mpeg-4, wmv, mp3, dvds, vcds, podcasts, ogg/vorbis, mov, divx, quicktime and streaming of multimedia files from various online networks like Youtube and other network sources.

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.

Suggested Read: Install VLC Media Player in RHEL/CentOS 7/6 and Fedora 27-22

Installing VLC Media Player in Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint

The recommended way of installing latest VLC 3.0 version on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint using official VLC PPA repository.

Launch terminal by doing “Ctrl+Alt+T” from the desktop and add a VLC PPA to your system, by running following command.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily

Next, do an update of system local repository index.

$ sudo apt-get update

Once, you’ve done index update, let’s install VLC package.

$ sudo apt-get install vlc

Important: User’s who are using older versions of Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint, can also use above PPA to install/upgrade to latest VLC version, but the PPA only installs or upgrades to whichever latest VLC version available (latest VLC version offered by this PPA is 2.2.7).

So, if you’re looking for more latest version, then consider upgrading your distribution to latest version or use Snap package of VLC, which provides VLC 3.0 stable in snap packaging system as shown.

$ sudo apt install snapd
$ sudo snap install vlc

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

VLC Screenshots

VLC Player Running on Ubuntu 16.04

VLC Player Running on Ubuntu 16.04

VLC Player Running on Ubuntu 16.04

VLC Player Running on Ubuntu 16.04

VLC also offers packages for RPM based and other Linux distributions, including source tarballs, that you can download and install them from THIS PAGE.

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11 Responses

  1. richard says:


    Err:15 artful Release
    404 Not Found
    Reading package lists… Done
    E: The repository ‘ artful Release’ does not have a Release file.
    N: Updating from such a repository can’t be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.

  2. kneekoo says:

    Obviously, the information hasn’t been verified. The latest VLC version offered by this PPA is 2.2.7 (2.2.2+git20170721+r59033+56~ubuntu16.04.1).

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Yes, I know that the PPA provides only VLC 2.2.7 version, thats the reason I have a added a notice, that users who using older versions should upgrade or use snap package for VLC.

  3. alyx says:

    This doesn’t allow me to play regular DVDs at all, I have tried multiple things to fix this and nothings worked.

  4. Ian Samson says:

    Mine shows as 2.2.5 Weatherwax, not 2.2.4
    Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon x64

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Same here, even My Ubuntu 16.04 shows VLC version 2.2.5, but the official VLC site says the latest stable version is 2.2.4. I think the PPA provides latest daily builds…:)

    • Marc D. says:

      From what I understand, the only current way to install version 3.0 is via a Snap package

  5. Dhamodharan says:

    I m looking for vlc setup for my ubuntu 12.04 OS but i couldnt get the package. Can anyone suggest me, where & how to download the .deb file.

    • Ravi Saive says:

      You can’t download and install .deb VLC package, as it requires lots of dependent packages. The only way you can install it using apt-get method.

  6. harsha says:

    i have tried it but not able to do so. i am new user to ubuntu i dont have net in my home i have pc but how to install vlc in offline

  7. parjo says:

    Do what it promises, plays most kind of media files without have to install any drivers.

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