How to Install VLC 2.2.7 (2.2.8) in Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04

November 22, 2017 — 3 Comments

Although they are not officially announced, VLC media player 2.2.7 (and 2.2.8 with single fix) now are available for download. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives.

Changes in VLC 2.2.7 include:

  • Fix flac heap write overflow on format change
  • Fix crash in libavcodec module (heap write out-of band) (CVE-2017-10699)
  • Fix infinite loop in sami subtitle
  • Fix AAC 7.1 channels detection
  • Fix potential crash in ASX parser
  • Fix AVI read/write overflow
  • Fix compatibility with Mac OS High Sierra
  • Fix regression in ASS subtitle decoding for Mac OS
  • Fix crash during automatic update in Mac OS X. Some users might need to manually update to the newest version.
  • Fix Direct3D9 output with odd offsets
  • Fix crash in MTP
  • Support libupnp 1.8

And VLC 2.2.8 fixed AVI invalid pointer dereferences for demuxers.

VLC 2.2.7

Install VLC 2.2.7 in Ubuntu 16.04/14.04:

There are quite a few PPAs with VLC packages for Ubuntu. At the moment, you can install VLC 2.2.7 in Ubuntu easily via Jonathon F’s PPA.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/vlc

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) when prompts and hit Enter.

VLC 2.2.5 PPA

2.Remove old VLC version, if you installed it from Ubuntu Software, to avoid a package conflict:

sudo apt remove --autoremove vlc vlc-nox

3. Finally run commands in terminal to check updates and install VLC 2.2.7:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install vlc

How to Restore:

To restore VLC media player to the stock version in your main Ubuntu repository, run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:jonathonf/vlc

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3 responses to How to Install VLC 2.2.7 (2.2.8) in Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04

  1. Hi!

    Any chance installing it on 17.10? Currently I’m getting:

    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    vlc : Depends: vlc-plugin-base (= 2.2.8-1ubuntu3~16.04.york0) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    And also:
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    vlc-plugin-base : Depends: libass5 (>= 0.13.0) but it is not installable
    Depends: libbluray1 (>= 1:0.5.0) but it is not installable
    Depends: libchromaprint0 (>= 0.2) but it is not installable
    Depends: liblivemedia50 but it is not installable
    Depends: libpng12-0 (>= 1.2.13-4) but it is not installable
    Depends: libvpx3 (>= 1.5.0) but it is not installable
    Depends: libwebp5 (>= 0.4.3) but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    Thanks anyway! ;)

  2. Hoover Campoverde February 5, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Greetings Ji m, finally I’ve got the last VLC version 2.2.8 64bits under Ubuntu Mate 16.04.3LTS.

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