Install VLC Media Player in Ubuntu 22.04

In this article, we would discuss how to install VLC Media Player in Ubuntu 22.04 release. VLC is an open-source cross-platform media player. Its been around since the year 2001. VideoLAN develops the application. At the time of writing, v3.0.16 is the latest stable release available.

VLC is one of the most popular media players. It supports almost all of the media codecs.

We would cover its installation through two methods –

  1. standard Ubuntu repository and,
  2. source code.

Choose the method best suited to you.

Note: Following operations would require you to have superuser privileges. In case you don’t have one, then we advise you to contact your System Administrator.

Install VLC Media Player in Ubuntu 22.04

Method I. Through standard Ubuntu repository –

This one fairly easy, just update the repository and install the package files.

We strongly recommend you to update the repository before installing the package files. It helps us get the latest version of the package available. Therefore, open a terminal –

sudo apt update

Next, to install VLC Media Player –

sudo apt install vlc

Now, launch VLC from our Systems’ main menu.

Method II. Through source code –

For the source code, visit the official website of VLC. Click on Download VLC button in the homepage. It will take you to another page, locate the Sources section and Click on link source code.

Lastly, download VLC source code tar.xz source package file.

The downloaded package file is – vlc-3.0.16.tar.xz

We need to extract it using tar command-line utility.

tar -xvf vlc-3.0.16.tar.xz

It will create vlc-3.0.16/ in the current directory.

Use cd command-line utility to navigate inside.

cd vlc-3.0.16/

We need to install few dependencies first –

sudo apt update
sudo apt --no-install-recommends build-dep vlc

It may throw an error –

E: You must put some 'deb-src' URIs in your sources.list

To resolve, open /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

and, uncomment (i.e. remove #) the following line

deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy universe

Again, update the repository and install the dependencies –

sudo apt update
sudo apt --no-install-recommends build-dep vlc

Thereafter, issue the following commands to configure VLC –

./configure
make
sudo make install

Lastly, to launch the application –

./vlc

In conclusion, we have discussed how to install VLC in Ubuntu 22.04 release.