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
- Operating system: Ubuntu 21.04 or newer Ubuntu versions.
- Account: User with
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
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)
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.
Step 2: Install
Snapd is a daemon that is required to run snaps, so if you wish to install any Snap apps, you must first 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:
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
Step 2: Install VLC media player
After updating the system repository index, you can now get the latest version, please run this command:
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.
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.
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.
For command line users
You can also start the VLC media player on Ubuntu by running this command on your Linux terminal:
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:
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.
Step 2: Selecting VLC Media Player when the “Default Applications” window opens, from the Music and Videos dropdowns, and select it.
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
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
Now, this application is uninstalled successfully in your Ubuntu. If you need to reinstall it, you can follow the steps I mentioned above
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.