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VLC media player got a new maintenance release for VLC 3.0 series a few days with numerous bug-fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04.

According to the changelog, VLC 3.0.3 contains following changes:

  • Update subtitles display while paused
  • Enable srt support on binary builds
  • Allow videotoolbox hardware decoding to be disabled
  • Disable VideoToolbox for 10bits H.264
  • Fix VideoToolbox with some invalid HEVC streams
  • Fix subsdec wide character support
  • Fix 1st order Ambisonics in AAC
  • Miscellaneous ogg improvements & bugfixes, including oggds
  • Fix forced tracks selection
  • Fix tracks detection issues with DolbyVision and Bluray streams
  • Fix crashes on Direct3D11
  • Fix tooltip display on some desktop environments
  • Fix spurious movement of the main Window
  • Fix playlist being displayed in fullscreen
  • Fix numerous issues on fonts fallback and font shaping
  • Fix subtitles toggle through hotkeys
  • Fix buffer over-read in avcodec audio encoding with non-default layouts
  • Numerous 3rd party libraries updated, fixing security issues

How to Install VLC 3.0.3 in Ubuntu:

The official snap package of VLC 3.0.3 is available in Ubuntu Software:

or you can run command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to install the snap:

snap install vlc --classic

It automatically upgrade to VLC 3.0.3 if an old version of the snap package was installed.

NOTE for Ubuntu 16.04 uses who never installed a snap package, first run command in terminal to install snapd daemon via command:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

The latest VLC 3.0.2 will soon be available in Ubuntu 18.04 repository (published as proposed at the moment). For Ubuntu 16.04 users who prefer traditional VLC packages to the snap, here’s how to install VLC 3.0.2 via a PPA repository.

NOTE: The PPA build does not support Chromecast, upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 if that’s important to you.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher.

2. When terminal opens, run command to add the third-party VLC PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/vlc-3

Type your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

3. Run following 2 commands to add the PPAs for updated FFmpeg and Meson libraries:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/ffmpeg-3
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/meson

4. Finally upgrade VLC media player using Software Updater.

Or run command in terminal to install VLC 3.0.2 in Ubuntu 16.04:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc

How to Restore:

You can revert back to stock version of VLC (2.2.2) in Ubuntu 16.04 by purging the PPA via command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:jonathonf/vlc-3

Also downgrade the FFmpeg libraries by purging the dependency PPA if you want:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:jonathonf/ffmpeg-3

VLC media player 3.0.2 was released a few days ago. The release fixed more than 150 bugs since the 3.0.0 release, and improves decoding speed on macOS.

Changes in VLC 3.0.2 include:

  • Fix snapshotting with subtitles when using hardware acceleration
  • Fix green/missing line/column when the picture dimensions are odd
  • Important improvements in hardware decoding for macOS, notably faster, supporting more samples and removing crashes/deadlocks
  • Improve compatibility for DxVA2 and D3D11 decoding, fix crashes when seeking and fix blacklisting of broken drivers
  • Fix SSA subtitles forced alignment
  • Fix E-AC-3 stuttering
  • Fix MIDI playback on macOS
  • Add playback support for ProRes 4444 XQ
  • Fix IFO files playback to start DVDs
  • Fix a crash with missing/invalid MPEG SDT
  • Update VP8/9/10 ISOBMFF bindings and improve HDR for those cases
  • Fix TTML inside MP4
  • Fix flac seeking and improve flac parsing
  • Improve mkv opening & seeking speed
  • Miscellaneous MKV crash fixes
  • Fix crash with multi-region DVDs
  • Fix audio being muted on DVD chapter change
  • Fix audio being muted when seeking in a BluRay disc
  • Avoid a crash/assert in FTP after seeking
  • Fix “reset audio volume” being forcefully deactivated
  • Improve resampling and latency computation for CoreAudio
  • Fix audio stutter after unpausing with headphones
  • Fix OpenGL crashes or bad display with semi-planar chromas
  • Fix OpenGL interop (zero-copy) disabled for tvOS
  • Fix transform filters with hardware decoding
  • Fix snapshot and filters with HEVC hardware decoding
  • Fix a buffer overrun during GPU/CPU image copy
  • Fix last folder used in open dialogs
  • Allow to customize the seek jump when using the mousewheel
  • Fix pasted URLs not being trimmed
  • Fix jump size not being configurable
  • Fix playback speed slider not accepting 1.0x value
  • Fix raw input dump
  • Fix window size after a fullscreen playback
  • Fix crashes when searching for renderers
  • Fix VDPAU GLX usage on Linux
  • Fix libvlc_media_list not going to next media
  • Miscellaneous chromecast improvements
  • Fix missing OSD navigation feedback

How to Install VLC 3.0.2 in Ubuntu:

The VideoLAN team offers official snap package, so Ubuntu users can easily install the latest VLC package from Ubuntu Software.

or you can run command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to install the snap:

snap install vlc --classic

NOTE for Ubuntu 16.04 uses who never installed a snap package, first run command in terminal to install snapd daemon via command:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

VLC media player reached new major 3.0 release a day ago. Now you can directly install the latest VLC in Ubuntu Software utility.

VLC 3.0 “Vetinari” features:

  • VLC 3.0 activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!
  • It supports 10bits and HDR
  • VLC supports 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisoncics 3rd order
  • Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
  • Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
  • Can play Blu-Ray Java menus: BD-J
  • VLC supports browsing of local network drives and NAS

How to Install VLC 3.0 in Ubuntu:

VLC 3.0 is available as snap, the universal Linux app packaging format, for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

Never installed a snap package? Ubuntu 16.04 (and Ubuntu 14.04, not sure if VLC snap works in 14.04. I don’t have trusty desktop running on may machine.) user need to install snapd daemon first.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Open Ubuntu Software utility, search for and install VLC, though there are two versions available.

As an alternative, you can run command in terminal to install the snap:

snap install vlc

The snap is kinda large in file size since it contains all required run-time libraries.

Uninstall traditional VLC package:

If you’ve a previous version of VLC media player installed, you’ll have two launcher icons and two VLC options in video files’ open with menu.

So you may want to remove the old traditional VLC package via Synaptic Package Manager, Ubuntu Software, or by running command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove vlc

VideoLAN finally announced the release of VLC media player 2.2.8.

VideoLAN and the VLC development team are happy to publish version 2.2.8 of VLC media player today.

This release fixes a security issue in the AVI demuxer. Additionally, it includes the following fixes, which are part of 2.2.7: This release fixes compatibility with macOS High Sierra and fixes SSA subtitles rendering on macOS. This release also fixes a few security issues, in the flac and the libavcodec modules (heap write overflow), in the avi module and a few crashes.

For macOS users, please note: A bug was fixed in VLC 2.2.7 concerning the update mechanism on macOS. In rare circumstances, an auto-update from older versions of VLC to VLC 2.2.8 might not be possible. Please download the update manually from our website in this case.

The source tarball was available more than a week ago. It’s been made into main repository of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

For Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 16.04, I’ve wrote about how to install VLC 2.2.7 via PPA, which now contains VLC 2.2.8.

VLC is also available as Flatpak for Ubuntu 16.04 and higher. Install latest Flatpak via PPA, then open terminal and run command to install VLC via Flatpak:

flatpak install --from https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.videolan.VLC.flatpakref