The classic VLC media player got a new release after more than half a year of development. Here’s the changes and how to install guide.
VLC 3.0.18 is probably the last release of the 3.0.x series, as VLC 4.0 is under developing now. It features:
- Support RISC-V CPU architecture
- Add support DVBSub subtitle in MKV video.
- Y16 chroma support
- Improve SMBv1/SMBv2 behavior and FTP compatibility.
- Fix AVI muxing for Windows Media Player compatibility
- Fix seeking speed on macOS
- Various other fixes and improvements.
How to Install VLC 3.0.18 in Ubuntu:
Option 1: Official Snap package
Though it’s not announced at the moment of writing, the official Snap package has been made into Ubuntu Software for Ubuntu 20.04 and higher users. Which however is an universal package format that runs in sandbox.
Option 2: Third-party PPA
For those prefer the native .deb package format, there’s an unofficial PPA contains the package for Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 16.04.
NOTE: The PPAs below also install updated FFmpeg and other libraries, that might cause annoying dependency issues. Use it at your own risk!
1. First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/vlc3
Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.
2. Then, add another PPA for the dependency packages by running command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/ffmpeg4
3. Old Ubuntu and Linux Mint user need to refresh the package cache by running the command below:
sudo apt update
4. Finally, install or update VLC package via:
sudo apt install vlc
Uninstall VLC 3.0.18
For the official snap package, you can simply click uninstall button in Ubuntu Software.
For the PPA package, it’s HIGHLY recommended to purge the PPA which also downgrade all installed libraries, so to avoid dependency issue. To do so, run the commands below one by one:
sudo apt install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:savoury1/ffmpeg4
sudo ppa-purge ppa:savoury1/vlc3
After purging the PPAs, clean up useless libraries via command:
sudo apt remove --autoremove vlc-data vlc-bin
That’s all. Enjoy!
For Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa 64-bit, the snap version is crap. It is not recognized by some applications. Only 22.214.171.124 is installed directly from synaptic, not another newer version. Savoury1/vlc3 just headaches. If you forgot to turn off updates, on the first update you will have to remove half of the apps that depend on vlc.
Linux Mint prefer Flatpak. Not sure if it works in Mint 20, but Mint 21 users can directly search for and install VLC 3.0.18 as Flatpak from Software Manager.
VLC from flatpack it’s same bulshit like snap. ,, TVLite: error while loading shared libraries: libvlc.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory.”