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How to Install and Use VLC Media Player on Linux Mint

VLC Media Player is probably one of the best media players out there for all platforms. It’s free and open-source with powerful codecs. You’re almost guaranteed to run all types of media files without any issue. It’s packed with all types of features you could ever need.

In this article, we’ll be checking out how to install VLC Media Player on Linux Mint.

VLC Media Player on Linux Mint

Because of its nature, VLC is always one of the top choices among almost every Linux distro out there. In most cases, it’s directly available from the official servers. As Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, getting VLC is quite simple.

There are different ways you can get VLC Media Player running in your system. Let’s check them out!

Installing VLC using APT

This is probably the simplest method you could follow. All it requires is running a few commands in the terminal. Fire up the terminal let’s get started!

First, we want the APT cache to be updated. It’s also a good idea to grab all the package updates (if available).

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

The next command will tell APT to install VLC Media Player.

$ sudo apt install vlc

Voila! VLC is ready to go!

Install VLC using snap

This is an interesting method. Snap is an attempt to universal Linux package management. Any Linux distro that have the support for the snap package manager can install and run snap packages, no problem.

First, we need to install the snap package manager. If you already have snap installed, then you can skip these steps. If you don’t have installed, you have to go through them. It’s a one-time process, so you can enjoy other snaps later without any problem. Run the following command.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install snapd

Snap isn’t ready yet. We need to install the snap core. Run this snap command.

$ sudo snap install core

Now, we have to restart the snapd service.

$ sudo systemctl restart snapd

Snap package manager is now ready to download and install snap packages. To install the VLC snap, run the following command. You can also check out VLC snap at the snap store.

$ sudo snap install vlc

Voila! VLC is installed successfully!

Install VLC from source

VLC is a free and open-source software. It’s possible to directly compile and install VLC on your system. However, this is the least recommended method to follow unless you have specific reasons, for example, being curious or developing VLC etc. This method will also consume the most amount of time. For most in-depth guide on this topic, check out this official Videlolan wiki.

Ready? Let’s get started.

VLC depends on a lot of dependencies to offer its features. To build it from source, we need all of them. First, let’s grab the basic tools like compiler, git and others.

$ sudo apt install -y git build-essential pkg-config libtool automake autopoint gettext

For the next step, we need the source repo. It’ll allow APT to grab the build dependencies at once. To configure, search for “Software Sources” in the menu.

Enter the root password to grant the tool root privilege.

Enable the option “Source code repositories”. Then, click the “OK” button at the top to refresh the APT cache.

Now, we’re ready to grab the additional 3rd-party libraries. The list of dependencies is huge. Thankfully, APT can take care of it automatically. Tell APT to install all the build dependencies of VLC.

$ sudo apt build-dep vlc

Time to grab the source code of VLC. Download the tarball and extract it to a location. To grab the latest VLC source tarball, visit this link.

$ mkdir -pv ~/vlc && cd ~/vlc

$ wget http://get.videolan.org/vlc/3.0.8/vlc-3.0.8.tar.xz

$ tar -xvf vlc-3.0.8.tar.xz

To start the building process, run the following commands.

$ ./bootstrap

$ ./configure

Finally, start the building process. The following command will tell make to use 4 threads to perform the compilation.

$ make -j4

The compilation process may take a few minutes. Once the build finishes, install it by running the following command.

$ sudo make install

To uninstall VLC, run the following command.

$ sudo make uninstall

It seems very simple. However, there might be bugs and glitches in this process. If that happens, debugging is a very difficult process. Debugging the issues is also quite a stress-inducing task. That’s why I recommend not following this method unless you need to.

Final thoughts

VLC Media Player is a GUI player. What would you do if you’re working with a console environment? Would you still give up your favorite music? Well, it’s possible to play media files directly from the command line! VLC also offers a command-line tool for playing media directly from the command line. Check out how to play MP3 files from the command line.

Enjoy!

About the author

Sidratul Muntaha

Sidratul Muntaha

Student of CSE. I love Linux and playing with tech and gadgets. I use both Ubuntu and Linux Mint.