How to Install VLC 3.0 in Ubuntu and Other Linux Distributions

By Abhishek Prakash

Installing VLC 3.0 on Ubuntu

Brief: The upcoming major release of VLC is going to bring a number of improvements including Chromecast support. Here’s how to install VLC 3.0 in Ubuntu Linux right now.

The open source video player VLC 3.0 has been in the development for several years now. The good news is that development is 97% complete for the upcoming version and we should be seeing VLC 3.0 stable release in some days or weeks, hopefully.

VLC 3.0 Features

Here are some of the main new features coming to VLC 3.0:

  • Chromecast support
  • Limited 360-degree video and audio support
  • HTTP/2 support
  • Now uses OpenGL
  • Support for network browsing with Samba, FTP/SFTP, NFS, and other protocols
  • Autodetect external audio tracks (ac3, m4a, aac, dts…), similar to subtitles
  • Adaptive streaming
  • Improved support for Wayland
  • Support for more codecs

You can find all the changes in VLC 3.0 in the release note.

How to install VLC 3.0 on Linux right now

Please note that VLC 3.0 is not stable yet. If you opt to use the unstable VLC 3.0, you may encounter some issues like program crash or poorly behaving functionalities. If you want a stable system with things working normally, avoid using an unstable application.

If you are a little impatient and want to try VLC 3.0 before its release, you can use the official PPA of the daily build. However, I would advise waiting for the final stable release.

This article is written using Ubuntu and the commands mentioned should work for other Linux distributions.

The easiest way is to use Snap package of VLC. You can use it alongside your current VLC install. The default channel of VLC snap package uses VLC 3.0 release candidate.

If you are using Ubuntu 16.04 or higher, you should already be able to use Snap packages. But for other distributions like Linux Mint, elementary etc, you can use the command below in a terminal to enable Snap package support:

sudo apt install snapd

Once you have made sure that your system has Snap package support, time to install VLC 3.0. All you need to do is to use the command below:

sudo snap install vlc

Install VLC 3.0 on Ubuntu when it is released (stable)

VLC 3.0 stable is not released yet.Even when VLC 3.0 stable version is released, it will be some time before your Linux distribution makes it available. So either you download VLC 3.0 from its website or you can use the stable PPA (if you use an Ubuntu-based distribution).

At present, this PPA will just install (or upgrade to) latest stable VLC release.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc

Install VLC 4.0 in Ubuntu right now (highly unstable and not recommended at all)

It is surprising that even though VLC 3.0 stable is not released, the work on VLC 4.0 has already started. I won’t recommend using it unless you have strong reasons to try out the unstable release.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/master-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc

I also recommend reading this article about removing PPA so that you can uninstall the applications installed using a PPA.

What say?

I had been waiting for VLC 3.0 for some years because it had Chromecast support. Which would mean I could cast the local media to the TV using Chromecast. Alas! As VLC 3.0 is close to its final release, I don’t have a Chromecast anymore. The charm of VLC 3.0 is lost on me.

What about you? Are you looking forward to VLC 3.0? Will you install VLC 3.0 before its release?

From: It’s FOSS