How to Install VLC Media Player on Debian 10 Linux

This post will show you how to install VLC Media Player on your Debian Linux 10.5.0. How do I install the latest VLC Player version through command line on Debian 10.5.0 Linux. This guide will talk several methods for you to install the Media player depending on whether you choose the command line or the graphical interface of your Debian system.

What is VLC Media Player?


VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs and various streaming protocols.
VLC Media Player is also available for Desktop operating systems and mobile platforms, such as: Window phone, Android, IOS and Tizen.
The VLC media player application is available through the snap package manager. You can install it through a single command. The below tutorial will show you how to install VLC on Debian Linux via snap tool or apt package manager.
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Installing VLC Media Player Using Snap Tool


If you want to install the latest version of VLC Media Player on your Debian 10.5.0, you can use the snap packaging manager system to install VLC Player. You can use Snappy packaging system to install the latest major VLC version. You just need to open your Debian terminal, and executing the following command to install VLC:

$ sudo snap install vlc

Outputs:

root@bogon:~# snap install vlc
Download snap "core18" (1885) from channel "stable" 30% 2.30MB/s 17.5s
Download snap "vlc" (1700) from channel "stable" 1% 732kB
vlc 3.0.11 from VideoLAN✓ installed

Note: if your Debian system do not install snap tool, you can use the following command to install it, type:

$ sudo apt install snapd

Outputs:

root@bogon:~# apt install snapd
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
snapd
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 100 not upgraded.
Need to get 14.3 MB of archives.
After this operation, 61.0 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://mirrors.163.com/debian buster/main amd64 snapd amd64 2.37.4-1+b1 [14.3 MB]
Fetched 14.3 MB in 3s (4,182 kB/s)
Selecting previously unselected package snapd.
(Reading database ... 248762 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../snapd_2.37.4-1+b1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking snapd (2.37.4-1+b1) ...
Setting up snapd (2.37.4-1+b1) ...
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/snapd.seeded.service ¡ú /lib/systemd/system/snapd.seeded.service.
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/cloud-final.service.wants/snapd.seeded.service ¡ú /lib/systemd/system/snapd.seeded.service.
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/snapd.service ¡ú /lib/systemd/system/snapd.service.
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/sockets.target.wants/snapd.socket ¡ú /lib/systemd/system/snapd.socket.
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.62) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.31.4-3) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.8.5-2) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-4) ...

After installed VLC package, you can use the following command to launch VLC Media Player through the terminal, type:

$ vlc

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Uninstalling VLC Using Snap


If you want to uninstall VLC package through the command line, you can use the following snap command in Debian terminal, type:

$ sudo snap remove vlc

Installing VLC Media Player Using APT


VLC Package is available on the default Debian APT repository , so you can also use Advanced Package Tool or APT tool to install VLC. You need to refresh the software repository cache firstly with the following command:

$ sudo apt update

Then you can run the following command to install VLC Media Player, type:

$ sudo apt install vlc

Outputs:

root@bogon:/home/devops# apt install vlc
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
……
Setting up vlc-bin (3.0.11-0+deb10u1) ...
Setting up vlc (3.0.11-0+deb10u1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.62) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.31.4-3) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.28-10) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.8.5-2) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-4) ...
Processing triggers for libvlc-bin:amd64 (3.0.11-0+deb10u1) ...

After VLC package is successfully installed, you can verify the installation by checking the version of VLC that you installed, type:

$ vlc –version

Outupts:

devops@bogon:~$ vlc --version
VLC media player 3.0.11 Vetinari (revision 3.0.11-0-gdc0c5ced72)
VLC version 3.0.11 Vetinari (3.0.11-0-gdc0c5ced72)
Compiled by buildd on x86-ubc-01.debian.org (Jun 15 2020 21:08:37)
Compiler: gcc version 8.3.0 (Debian 8.3.0-6)
This program comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
You may redistribute it under the terms of the GNU General Public License;
see the file named COPYING for details.
Written by the VideoLAN team; see the AUTHORS file.

To launch the VLC Media Player on your Debian Linux system, just type the following command in Debian terminal:

$ vlc

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Uninstall VLC Media Player Using Apt Command


If you have installed VLC Player via the default Ubuntu APT repository, and you can use the following apt command to uninstall VLC, type:

$ sudo apt remove vlc

Outputs:

devops@bogon:~$ sudo apt remove vlc
[sudo] password for devops:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
libaribb24-0 libbasicusageenvironment1 libcddb2 libdvbpsi10 libebml4v5 libgroupsock8 libixml10 liblivemedia64 libmad0 libmatroska6v5 libopenmpt-modplug1 libplacebo7
libprotobuf-lite17 libproxy-tools libresid-builder0c2a libsdl-image1.2 libsdl1.2debian libsidplay2 libspatialaudio0 libupnp13 libusageenvironment3 libva-wayland2 libvlc-bin
libvlc5 libvlccore9 vlc-bin vlc-data vlc-l10n vlc-plugin-base vlc-plugin-notify vlc-plugin-qt vlc-plugin-samba vlc-plugin-skins2 vlc-plugin-video-output
vlc-plugin-video-splitter vlc-plugin-visualization
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
vlc
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 100 not upgraded.
After this operation, 229 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]
Removing vlc (3.0.11-0+deb10u1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.62) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.31.4-3) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-4) ...

Now VLC media player program should be removed from your Debian 10.5.0 Linux system.

Installing VLC Media Player Using Debian Software Center


The VLC Media Player is also available in the list of Debian Software Center, so you can install it through the graphical interface on your Debian system. Just do the following steps:

#1 click on the Activities menu.

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#2 click the search text box on the top right and type searching word “VLC”, press Enter key to locate VLC.

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#3 Click on Install button and then authorize it with your password. You need to enter the password for a privileged user, and then click the Authenticate button.

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#4 VLC will download and install on your Ubuntu system.

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#5 after installed, click Launch button to launch VLC Player.

Note: if you want to uninstall VLC through GUI, just click Remove button.

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Set VLC Media Player as the Default Media Player


The Default Media Player is RhythmBox utility. So if you want to change VLC Media Player as the default player, just do the following steps:

#1 open the Activities screen, and enter searching word “default applications ”, then click on it. The Default Application window will open.

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#2 select VLC Media Player from the drop down list of Music.

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Conclusion


You should know that how to install/uninstall VLC Media Player through command line or graphical interface on your latest Debian Linux operating system 10.5.0.

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