How to Install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 18.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

VLC media player (commonly known as VLC) is a portable, free and open-source, cross-platform media player and streaming media server written by the VideoLAN project. VLC media player supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-Video, video CD and streaming protocols. It is able to stream media over computer networks and to transcode multimedia files.

Install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Snap Package.

In order to install a snap package, you first need to have snap facility enabled on your system. Mostly snap is available on the latest releases of Ubuntu, however, for older versions, you could use the following command in order to install snap:

sudo apt install snapd

Step 3. Install VLC media player from Snap.

Then you can install the snap package for VLC through the following command:

sudo snap install vlc

Step 4. Start VLC.

You can launch the VLC player either from the command line by typing vlc or by clicking on the VLC Media Player icon (Applications → Sound & Video → VLC media player).

That’s all you need to do to install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.