How to install VLC 3 application (Vetinari) on Linux

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How do I install VLC version 3 app on Linux to watch DVDs/CDs and stream music/videos/Chromecast devices on Linux?

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. This page shows how to install VLC version 3 on Linux using a snap package manager that works on Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora, Arch and many other distros.

What’s new in VLC version 3.0?

  • Activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback
  • It supports 10bits and HDR
  • 360 video and 3D audio includes with VLC 3
  • Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
  • Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
  • You can play Blu-Ray Java menus: BD-J
  • Want to browser local network drives and NAS? VLC 3 supports it

Install VLC 3 application (Vetinari) on Linux using snap

The procedure to install VLC on Linux is as follows:

  1. Install snapd
  2. Turn on snapd
  3. Find VLC 3 app snap:
    snap find vlc
  4. Install VLC 3 app:
    sudo snap install vlc
  5. Run it:
    vlc &

Let us see all steps and examples in details.

Step 1 – Install Snapd

You need to install snapd package. It is daemon (service) and tooling that enable snap packages on Linux operating system.

Snapd on a Debian/Ubuntu/Mint Linux

Type the following apt command/apt-get command as follows:
$ sudo apt install snapd

Install snapd on an Arch Linux

snapd is available in the Arch User Repository (AUR) only. Run yaourt command (see how to install yaourt on Archlinux):
$ sudo yaourt -S snapd
$ sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket

Get snapd on a Fedora Linux

Run snapd command
$ sudo dnf install snapd
$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

OpenSUSE install snapd

Execute the zypper command as follows:
### Tumbleweed verson ###
$ sudo zypper addrepo snappy
### Leap version ##
$ sudo zypper addrepo snappy

Install it:
$ sudo zypper install snapd
$ sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket

Step 2 – Install vlc app on Linux using snap

Run the snap command to find current version of snap:
$ snap find vlc
Snap search VLC 3 app command on Linux
Install vlc version 3 application on Linux by typing the following snpa command:
$ sudo snap install vlc
How to install VLC 3 application on Linux

Step 3 – Run vlc

Just type the following vlc command:
$ vlc &
VLC 3 app running on my Ubuntu Linux desktop
Just click on the Help > About:
VLC Media player version 3 installed and running on Linux

How do I delete vlc 3 app?

If you do not like it the VLC 3 app, you can delete it by typing the following command:
$ sudo snap remove vlc
By default all the snap revisions are removed, including their data and the common data directory. For info see:

A note about traditional package manager

You should get VLC 3 packager soon using apt command/apt-get command/yum command/apt-get command and others.

This entry is 3 of 3 in the Snapcraft Tutorial series. Keep reading the rest of the series:
  1. How to install Spotify application on Linux
  2. How to install Skype application on Linux
  3. How to install VLC 3 application (Vetinari) on Linux

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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