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

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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
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