VLC Media Player is a software program that is a free and open-source favourite amongst many computer users across all operating systems, be it Windows, Linux or macOS. The cross-platform software can play most multimedia file formats and DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs and other streaming protocols.
Our guide will show you two ways of installing VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal for Ubuntu users. However, the same process can be used for 20.10 and 21.04.
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You will need to have root access or a username with sudo privileges to install VLC for Ubuntu.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Install VLC with SNAP Manager
The first option will be to install VLC with a snap as they are self-hosted software packages with binary dependencies included when you install software with the snap option. VLC snaps are regularly updated compared to the APT choice. However, the downside is a more considerable disk usage given how snaps operate and store data.
Open your terminal and type the following snap command.
sudo snap install vlc
The install process should take a few minutes. You should see the following output once completed.
Updates will be automatically downloaded and installed in the background.
Install VLC with APT Package Manager
Next, the second option is to install the .deb package with the apt package manager. Ubuntu default repository does come with the VLC player repository included. However, it does not receive as many new updates/releases as the snap package.
Open your terminal and run the following command to install with apt.
sudo apt install vlc
Updates will be done through your normal sudo update/upgrade command or the software desktop update tools.
Start VLC Media Player
To open VLC is quite simple. In your application menu, you will find the software. Click to open.
When you open VLC, you will find the following prompt asking for metadata access, choose yes or no.
Optional – Set VLC as Default Media Player
If you would like to set VLC as the default media player, open your application menu and type default. Then select the Default Applications to bring up the settings panel.
In the settings panel, select the Video drop-down box, and then you can choose the VLC media player. Hit ok, then exit the application, and now you are all set with VLC being the default media player.
Comments and Conclusion
The guide has taught you how to install VLC on your Ubuntu 20.04 desktop. This is worthy of installation, even if you do not use it as your default media player. It’s highly secure and robust with being able to play many media formats just in case you find yourself stuck one day not being able to play a file.