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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

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

The VideoLAN team rolled out the new VLC media player 2.2.6 release, less than two weeks after the last VLC 2.2.5 (& 2.2.5.1), with only 3 bugs fixed.

VLC 2.2.6 fixed following bugs in the previous release:

  • Fixed the systematic green line video output on NVIDIA devices.
  • Fixed direct3d SPU texture offsets handling
  • Demuxer: Fixed heap buffer overflows

VLC 2.2.6

How to Install VLC 2.2.6 via PPA in Ubuntu:

While there’s now official Linux packages, you can install VLC 2.2.6 via the third-party PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/vlc

VLC 2.2.5 PPA

2. Then upgrade VLC via Software Updater after checking for updates:

NOTE: if you’re trying to upgrade from VLC version older than 2.2.4, REMOVE VLC first to avoid unmet dependencies issue:

sudo apt-get remove vlc vlc-nox && sudo apt-get autoremove

Uninstall:

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

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

VLC media player 2.2.5 was released recently with a great number of improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 16.04.

It has been almost one year since the last VLC 2.2.4 was released on June 2016. VLC 2.2.5 features:

  • Fix green line rendering on Windows with AMD drivers
  • Fix mp3 playback regression on macOS and 64bit Windows leading to distortion for some media
  • Fix screenshots size
  • Improved lua scripts for various websites
  • Various security improvements in demuxers and decoders
  • Security hardening for DLL hijacking environments
  • Fix scrolling sensitivity on Sierra
  • Fix screen recording on Windows
  • See the changelog for details.

VLC 2.2.5

How to Install VLC 2.2.5 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Besides building VLC 2.2.5 from the source tarball, Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, and Linux mint 18 users can install it from the unofficial 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. (IMPORTANT) Remove old VLC version to avoid a package conflict:

sudo apt remove vlc vlc-nox

3. Finally run commands in terminal to check updates and install VLC 2.2.5:

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