How to Install and Run VLC Media Player as Root in Linux

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Aaron Kili

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16 Responses

  1. DK says:

    Thank You Sir…. within 3 seconds problem solved ” Love You So Much

  2. Angel says:

    thanks so very much; very helpful

  3. kunal says:

    “VLC is not supposed to be run as root. Sorry. If you need to use real-time priorities and/or privileged TCP ports you can use vlc-wrapper (make sure it is Set-U
    please help me sir and give command for problem rectification


    Thanks very much.

  5. ashish says:

    thanks alot sir for your help

  6. Tony Rawlings says:

    Off subject a bit but just installed Kodi. Great video player.
    Easily installed
    sudo dnf install kodi
    Job done

  7. Dale Pontius says:

    This just seems like a BAD idea, to me. From what I’ve read, a frequent exploit path is a cleverly designed media file that takes advantage of a bug in the player software. This is one of the reasons we don’t do such things as root.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Okay, we have taken note of all the concerns here. However, a number of Kali Linux newbies had requested for this solution and that is why we offered it. As you have stated, it could be so dangerous.

  8. IPnonymouse says:

    what are some reason why a person would want to run vlc as root?

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