How To Uninstall and Install VLC on Ubuntu 21.04

Updated: April 15, 2022

VLC is an open-source multimedia player that is widely used. It can play almost any multimedia file, including MP4, MP3, Avi, and others. It also supports RTSP streaming,… Officially, VLC supports several Linux distributions, including Ubuntu 21.04. I’ll show you how to do the following in this step-by-step tutorial:

  • Ways to install VLC on Ubuntu 21.04
  • Starting VLC
  • Updating VLC
  • Make VLC the Default Media Player
  • Ways to uninstall VLC on Ubuntu 21.04

Prerequisites to install VLC

Install VLC on Ubuntu 21.04

Install VLC on Ubuntu

The simplest method is to utilize the Ubuntu Software Center to install this media player; however, command line users can alternatively install it using the terminal. We’ll go over each option, and you’ll pick the one that you think is the most convenient for you.

Option 1: Install VLC using Ubuntu Software Center

The simplest method is to utilize the Ubuntu Software Center to install this media player; however, command line users can alternatively install it using the terminal. We’ll go over each option, and you’ll pick the one that you think is the most convenient for you

Step 1: Access the application by going to the top left Activities menu

Open Ubuntu Software Ceneter

Step 2: Open Ubuntu Software by searching its name in the search bar

Step 3: Clicking Install button to Install VLC on Ubuntu and entering your password (if required)

Install VLC on Ubuntu Software Center

After clicking that button, the downloading and installation process will start, you can now relax while waiting for it.

Option 2: Install VLC using Snap

Snaps are self-contained packages that include all of the application’s dependencies and are easy to install. They are safe to use and auto-update. The majority of Snap’s packages are updated regularly with the most recent security and significant bug fixes and VLC is an example.

VLC media player can also be downloaded as a snap package. You must first activate snapd on your system before installing VLC on Ubuntu as a snap package. Following these commands to do it:

Step 1: Open your terminal and Update the system repository index

Before installing any applications, we need to update the system repository so that we can fetch the newest updates.

sudo apt update

Step 2: Install snapd tool

Snapd is a daemon that is required to run snaps, so if you wish to install any Snap apps, you must first install snapd.

sudo apt install snapd

Step 3: Install the VLC snap package

After snapd installation finishes, you can now install VLC snap package on Ubuntu by executing this command:

sudo snap install vlc

If the output result includes the VLC’s version number, the media player has been installed successfully on your Ubuntu machine.

Please take care not to install the VLC Snap version because it takes a long time to start and does not interface well with the rest of the system. This is why I advocate using the apt command to install VLC on Ubuntu from the command line.

Option 3: Install VLC with APT

VLC is one of the most widely used media players worldwide. So that is no doubt why it’s in the official Ubuntu repositories. Type these commands into the terminal:

Step 1: Update the system repository index

sudo apt update

Step 2: Install VLC media player

After updating the system repository index, you can now get the latest version, please run this command:

sudo apt install vlc

Step 3: Install some extra plugins for additional support of multimedia formats

By default, VLC will not support some files, install some extra plugins should be done to enhance your experience while using the application.

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

That is all there is to it. This application has been installed successfully on your Ubuntu 21.04. The three methods for downloading and installing VLC Media Player for Ubuntu Linux are as follows. We can now launch VLC.

Launch VLC media player

After the installation is complete, we can launch the VLC media player by looking for its name in the Activities search bar.

Searching VLC in Activities menu

The following notice occurs when the VLC player is launched for the first time. Click Continue after checking the box that says Allow metadata network access. The VLC media player is now available for usage.

VLC is launched on Ubuntu 21.04

For command line users

You can also start the VLC media player on Ubuntu by running this command on your Linux terminal: vlc

Update VLC on Ubuntu

You don’t need to bother about updating VLC because you’re using Ubuntu. Its package management is very helpful because it bundles together numerous system and program updates. This implies that if an update for VLC is available from the Ubuntu repository, it will appear in the system updates. You can use these instructions to compel Ubuntu to upgrade its system and look for new VLC versions:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Set VLC as the Default Media Player

Rhythmbox is Ubuntu’s default media player for playing audio and video files. However, if you wish to use the powerful VLC media player to play all of your media files and make it your default media player, you can do so. To make VLC as your default media player, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Default Applications by searching its name in the Activities screen and clicking on it. You may also do it by right-clicking on your desktop and choosing Settings from the drop-down menu. Then select the Default Applications tab from the left panel.

Open Default Applications on Ubuntu 21.04

Step 2: Selecting VLC Media Player when the “Default Applications” window opens, from the Music and Videos dropdowns, and select it.

Set VLC as default media player on Ubuntu

Uninstall VLC media player on Ubuntu

If you wish to uninstall VLC media player and replace it with another video player. We’ll show you how to remove VLC using the command line and the GUI, respectively.

Option 1: Uninstall VLC by GUI

Most common computer operating systems and software packages nowadays employ a graphical user interface (or GUI). GUI is more user-friendly than a command line, especially for new or inexperienced users. To uninstall VLC on Ubuntu 21.04 using the GUI, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Ubuntu Software Center from the Activities menu

Step 2: Look for and open VLC by using the search bar.

Step 3: Click the Uninstall button when the following window appears

Uninstall VLC on Ubuntu Software Center

Option 2: Uninstall VLC by Command Line

Contrary to the GUI, the command line allows us to manipulate the Linux system quickly and it is not as difficult as we think. Like uninstalling PyCharm on Ubuntu 21.04, uninstalling VLC on Ubuntu by command line, you’ll need to:

Step 1: Open your Linux terminal because all commands need to be run in the terminal.

Step 2: Execute the command to uninstall VLC installed on your Ubuntu

sudo apt remove vlc

Now, this application is uninstalled successfully in your Ubuntu. If you need to reinstall it, you can follow the steps I mentioned above

Conclusion

In this tutorial, I’ve shown you how to install VLC on your Ubuntu 21.04, I hope you were able to install VLC on Ubuntu easily and also learned how to uninstall, update, and make VLC as a default media player, too. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help by commenting below.