How to install latest VLC media player on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver using PPA


The objective is to install the latest version of the VLC media player from the PPA repository on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
  • Software: – VLC version 4.0.0


Privileged access to your Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver system will be required.


  • # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Other Versions of this Tutorial

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)


Add PPA repository

First step is to add the PPA repository:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/master-daily
$ sudo apt update

Using the apt show command we should see that VLC 4.0.0 is ready for install:

$ apt show vlc
Package: vlc
Version: 4.0.0~rc1~~git20180119+r73692+120~ubuntu18.04.1
Priority: optional
Section: video

Install VLC

To install VLC execute:

$ sudo apt install vlc qtwayland5

Optional Packages/Plugins

For streaming or transcoding purposes install the libavcodec-extra packages:

$ sudo apt install libavcodec-extra

Other optional plugins available are listed below:

  • vlc-plugin-access-extra – multimedia player and streamer (extra access plugins)
  • vlc-plugin-fluidsynth – FluidSynth plugin for VLC
  • vlc-plugin-jack – JACK audio plugins for VLC
  • vlc-plugin-notify – LibNotify plugin for VLC
  • vlc-plugin-samba – Samba plugin for VLC
  • vlc-plugin-skins2 – multimedia player and streamer (Skins2 plugin)
  • vlc-plugin-svg – SVG plugin for VLC
  • vlc-plugin-video-splitter – multimedia player and streamer (video splitter plugins)
  • vlc-plugin-visualization – multimedia player and streamer (visualization plugins)

install latest VLC media player on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver using PPA - version 4