Ubuntu 20.04 VLC installation

VLC is a free and open-source multimedia player. It supports wide rang of multimedia formats such as MKV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MOV, WMV, QuickTime, WebM, FLAC, MP3, Ogg/Vorbis files, BluRays, DVDs, VCDs, podcasts, and multimedia streams from various network sources.

In this tutorial you will learn how to install VLC on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Desktop.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install VLC
  • How to install the latest VLC from PPA repository
  • How to install VLC via GNOME graphical user interface
  • How to install extra plugins

VLC media player on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

VLC media player on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed Ubuntu 20.04 or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software VLC
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # – 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

Ubuntu 20.04 VLC installation step by step instructions

  1. Install VLC from command line

    To install VLC from a command line open the terminal window and enter the following apt command:

    $ sudo apt install vlc 

    In addition you might want to install some extra plugins for an additional support of multimedia formats:

    $ sudo apt install vlc-plugin-access-extra libbluray-bdj libdvdcss2

    All done. To start the VLC media player execute the following command from your terminal:

    $ vlc

    Another possible improvement to your existing VLC setup could be the installation of the following packages:

    Optional VLC packages

    Bittorrent plugin for VLC
    FluidSynth plugin for VLC
    JACK audio plugins for VLC
    LibNotify plugin for VLC
    multimedia player and streamer (Qt plugin)
    Samba plugin for VLC
    multimedia player and streamer (Skins2 plugin)
    SVG plugin for VLC
    multimedia player and streamer (video output plugins)
    multimedia player and streamer (video splitter plugins)
    multimedia player and streamer (visualization plugins)
    VLC extension to download subtitles from opensubtitles.org

  2. To install the latest VLC media player you might want to consider the VLC installation from a 3rd-party PPA repository. To do so first step is to include VLC PPA repository:
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/master-daily

    Next, install the actual VLC player:

    $ sudo apt install vlc
  3. Install VLC from GNOME Desktop

  4. Open Software application

    Use the top left Activities menu to open the Software application.

    Search for vlc

    Search for vlc keyword.

    Begin the VLC installation

    To begin the VLC installation hit the install button.

    Enter your password

    Enter your password. Your user must belong to the sudo group in order to proceed with the installation.

    VLC installation is completed

    Once the VLC installation is completed simply click on Launch button or use Activities menu to start the VLC application.