How To Install VLC on Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivative Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, VLC is one of the most popular media players for Linux.

As you may know, VLC 2.2.1, has been recently released, coming with changes:


  • Fix compilation with older libavcodec versions
  • Fix some VP9 decoding
  • Fix flac crashes
  • Fix lpcm channel ordering
  • Fix potential NULL dereference in dmo
  • Fix teletext framing code in DVB PES packets
  • Fix potential buffer overflow in schroendinger decoder
  • Fix AAC samplerate


  • Fix MP4 chapters
  • Fix MKV overseeking, introducing slowness over network shares
  • Fix crash when playing SPC files
  • Fix ATRAC3 playback in MKV
  • Revert to older ASX code
  • Workaround TS issue with mpeg-audio


  • Fix sftp read and close sockets
  • Fix DTV build with Linux DVB versions < 5.8

Audio output:

  • Fix Alsa HDMI plugs
  • Improve Alsa output, with larger buffers
  • Fix DirectSound output with multi-channel files


  • Fix recent items behaviour
  • Fix rotation filter activation
  • Fix mux modules names for the streaming wizard

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Installation instructions:

For Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, the latest VLC builds are available via the Universe Repository (which is present by default on Ubuntu), so you only need to refresh the local repo index and install the vlc package:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vlc

For Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and derivative systems like Linux Mint 17.x and Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, the latest VLC builds are available via some third party PPA. To get it, you need to add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the VLC package:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vlc

Optional, to uninstall/remove VLC, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove vlc

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