How to install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 19.04 using terminal

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VLC Media player is an opensource and free versatile audio and video player. It is not only available for Ubuntu but also for Windows, MacOS, FreeBSD, Linux, Android and iOS platforms too.  Here in this tutorial, will let you know how to install VLC on Ubuntu 19.04, however, the method will be same for older versions Ubuntu such as 18.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and 14.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Linux servers/desktops. Including Debian, Linux Mint and Elementary OS.

Ubuntu 19.04: Install VLC Media Player using a terminal

Step 1: Login Ubuntu

Common step: We are using the latest Ubuntu 19.04 here to install VLC, so first, we switch ON our system and login. Of course, you will do this on your Ubuntu running system :).

Step 2: Run the Command Terminal

Either right-click anywhere on the Ubuntu desktop and select the option Terminal or press CTRL+ALT+T keys on your keyboard to access Command terminal

Step 3: Update the system

Before installing the VLC media player on Ubuntu 19.04, update the system using below command:

sudo apt-get update

Step 4: Install VLC on Ubuntu

We don’t need to add any repository to Ubuntu in order to install the VLC media player. Just type or copy-paste the below single line command:

sudo apt-get install vlc
sudo snap install vlc

When it prompted the install size along with a text ‘Do you want to continue’ press ‘Y’ on your keyboard. Note: for snap command, it will not ask for anything and simply install the VLC.

Step 5: Run VLC media player on Ubuntu

After installing go to the Ubuntu Application and search for VLC and when the logo gets appeared, click to run it.

Install VLC Ubuntu 19.04

Moreover, you can also run it directly from Command terminal just type vlc and hit the enter button.

running VLC on ubuntu using command terminal

Step 6: Install VLC using Ubuntu software centre (optional step)

If you don’t want to use the above then you can directly download the VLC media player from Ubuntu Software centre. Open the Ubuntu Software icon that given on the left side panel, search for VLC and when it appears, simply install it.

VLC install Ubuntu software center

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Rajkumar Maurya
Rajkumar Maurya is the H2S Media tech expert. He’s always been passionate about technology and has been writing on the subject since 2014. He has extensive knowledge of all kinds of technology, from consumer-tech to enterprise solutions. You can contact the author at--


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