How to Install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 20.04

How to Install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 20.04

VLC is one of the most popular open-source multimedia players. It is cross-platform and can play almost any multimedia file as well as DVDs, Audio CDs and different streaming protocols.

This article describes how to install VLC media player on Ubuntu 20.04. VLC can be installed as a snap package via the Snapcraft store or as a deb package via apt.

Install VLC Media Player as a Snap Package

Snaps are standalone software packages that include all binaries of dependencies needed to run the application. Unlike standard deb packages, snaps have a larger disk footprint and longer application startup times. VLC snap packages are regularly updated with the latest security and critical bug fixes.

The Snap package can be installed from the command line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

To install VLC, open your terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the following command:

sudo snap install vlc
There she is. VLC is already installed on your Ubuntu desktop, and you can start using it.

Whenever a new version is released, VLC’s snap pack will be updated automatically in the background.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “VLC” and install the application.

Installing VLC with apt

The deb packages included in the official Ubuntu 20.04 repositories may lag behind the latest version of VLC.

Open your terminal and run the following command as a user with sudo privileges:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install vlc

When a new version is released, you can update VLC via the command line or your desktop Software Update tool.

Starting VLC

In the Activity search bar, type “VLC” and click the icon to launch the application.

When you start the player for the first time, a window like the following will appear:


Set VLC as Default Media Player

To set VLC as the default media player, open the Activity screen, search for “Default Applications” and click on it.

When the “Default Applications” window opens, in the Music and Videos drop-down menu select “VLC Media Player”:



We’ve shown you how to install VLC on your Ubuntu 20.04 desktop. Now you can explore the new media player and start watching streaming videos or listening to your favorite artists.

For more information about VLC, visit the VideoLAN Documentation page.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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