How to Install the Latest VLC 2.2.4 in Ubuntu 16.04 via PPA

Last updated: July 11, 2016


The latest stable VLC media player has reached the 2.2.4 release. While Ubuntu 16.04 provide the old 2.2.2 release in its universe repository, you may install / upgrade VLC via a PPA.

VLC 2.2.4 release highlights:

  • Fix crash in G.711 wav files
  • Fix mp3 crash in libmad
  • Fix out-of-bound write in adpcm QT IMA codec (VideoLAN-SA-1601, CVE-2016-5108)
  • Fix overlay creation on Windows XP for DirectDraw video output
  • Improve compilation support for GNU/HURD
  • Minor UI improvements for the Qt interface on Windows, Linux, BSD, …

VLC 2.2.3 release highlights:

  • Notable number of improvements, like green lines in the Windows video output and resuming where you left off.
  • It also improves our codec support by adding new formats and providing faster decompression.
  • More than 30 fixes for issues reported for 2.2.2.
  • You can finally open more than 15 elements from the Windows’ Explorer.

VLC 2.2.4 in Ubuntu 16.04

How to Install VLC 2.2.4 in Ubuntu 16.04:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nicola-onorata/desktop

Type in password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.

VLC 2.2.4 PPA

2. Upgrade VLC via Software Updater, or run the commands below one by one:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install vlc

3. The PPA also contains a group of other apps, so you may remove the PPA after installing VLC by launching Software & Updates -> Other Software.



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5 responses to How to Install the Latest VLC 2.2.4 in Ubuntu 16.04 via PPA

  1. Thanks!! I lost vlc following a distribution upgrade. The package would not install via synaptic (red checkbox) After a lot of fiddling around with Synaptic trying to fix broken packages and unmet dependencies, I opted for install from PPA as you recommend. the install worked just fine. 5/5!

  2. it doesnt work, says this:::

    hewall@thewall-HP-430-Notebook-PC:~$ sudo apt update
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

    • This is a generic problem not related to the particular ppa.
      1. Make sure you do not have synaptic or software center running concurrently, and if necessary close it down.
      2. Also make sure you have root privileges on your use account (member of sudoers group).

    • just write this on terminal >

      sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock

      then tape enter and engey ^^

  3. I added the PPA but I’m still getting VLC 2.2.2 instead of 2.2.4