How to install VLC 3.0 on Ubuntu 16.04

VLC 3.0No matter what operating system it is on: I always end up with it vlc player installed in the system. The reason is very simple: although I have to admit that I am not fine with some files with the .mkv extension and I do not like its interface (something that can be easily modified), it is also that it almost always plays the file I am trying play. In other words, it is an all-rounder that allows me to play all kinds of video and audio files.

At this time, the version available from the official repositories of Ubuntu 16.04 It is VLC 2.2.2-5, but VLC 3.0.0 is already being tested. In this article we will show you how to install the next version of VLC, but not without first remembering that when installing software in the testing phase we are more likely to experience unexpected problems, such as crashes, unexpected closings or the inability to play a specific file.

Installing VLC 3.0.0

With how handy I am with the software, I must admit that the idea of ​​adding a repository to install a software that will be uploaded to the official repositories does not appeal to me in a short time. But since I know that not everyone thinks like me and that there are people who like to try this type of preliminary versions, I will share with you how to install the next version of the famous player.

  1. As I mentioned before, what we will have to do is add the repository of the trial versions. To do this, just open a terminal and write the following:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/master-daily
  1. Next, we update the repositories by typing the following command:
sudo apt update
  1. And finally, we install the VLC with the following command
sudo apt install vlc

In the event that we already have it installed, we will only have to update our operating system for the new packages to appear and install them.

Of course, do not expect big changes. Most of the new features that the new version will include are small fixes, but any small change becomes important if it fixes a bug that we are experiencing in first person. Have you already tried it? How about?

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  1.   Luis Ramirez said

    Hello friend, could you help me, I think my computer is not compatible with Ubuntu. : /

    1.    Ali niak said

      What components does it have?

    2.    Luis Ramirez said

      it is a hp pavilion 15-ab111la amd-a10.

    3.    Luis Ramirez said

      The problem is when I put in test mode, it works fine and everything but for a minute (Almost exact, once the desktop loads), then it shuts down

  2.   Luis said

    Hi friend I am having trouble installing Ubuntu on my computer. I have commented to you in another post but I have not received a response. XD

    I study computer systems and it turns out that I need a powerful computer, and well ... I had the opportunity to compare myself a medium powerful laptop, it is an HP Pavillion 15 ab111la with AMD A-10 ... well it is a medium good computer, I chose it because it met the requirements I needed at school and what I wanted it for, which was to install Ubuntu.
    I asked before buying it if it was compatible with Ubuntu and they said yes, but when I wanted to install it, the machine would restart, in test mode it works fine (for a minute, then it shuts down).
    Ubuntu is one of the reasons why I chose that machine, and since I will buy another machine, I think it will not be possible.
    Any advice to be able to install it, haa ... the computer comes with Windows 10 out of the box (I don't like xD).

    1.    Paul Aparicio said

      Hi Luis. Does it have to be standard Ubuntu or can you try any of its official flavors? For a normal computer, I would first of all try Ubuntu MATE. Although it is almost the same as in the standard version, a small change can work for you.

      The normal thing would be for the latest version to be more compatible than the previous ones, but you can also try a previous version to see what happens. The previous LTS (still supported) is 14.04.4.

      A greeting.

    2.    German said

      Hello. Luis, I recommend that you use 14.04.4. It is more compatible. The 16.04 brings many errors. I installed 16.04 and it gave me an error. I did not understand why, since I downloaded it from the Ubuntu page itself. Then download version 14.04.4. And so far it has worked well for me.

  3.   Vinesco said


    what if we wanted to go back to the ubuntu software center?

    Thank you

  4.   Alfonso Davila said

    I installed it with snap package and it came 3.0 by default

  5.   floki333 said

    help I have a problem it won't let me install it (3.0.0 ~~ git20160525 + r64784 + 62 ~ ubuntu16.10.1)

  6.   Carlos said

    Hello, thank you very much in advance for this blog. I use ubuntu with kubuntu for a longooooo time. but since I update ubuntu to 16.04 there is no way to run vlc. I do all the steps correctly without error. Once installed, the vlc won't start. i also never had problems with my hardware. even and tried multiple repositories and the problem continues. thanks since now.

  7.   Oscar said

    Hello everyone, especially Luis, it has nothing to do with the fact that the computer is HP, I have installed Ubuntu on an HP Pavilion with an A6 processor and I'm doing very well, I think that instead of installing the tests, go directly to the normal installation, make your partitions and try again.

  8.   fer said

    I have an armed mirror so that the rest of the machines can update and take the software from there without going to the internet. I put it together with the repositories listed in the ubuntu 18.04 source.list. It happened to me that when I wanted to install the vlc it told me that the program did not exist. That could be happening? I have not included the corresponding repository?
    This is the list of repos:
    deb bionic main restricted
    deb bionic-updates main restricted
    deb bionic universe
    deb bionic-updates universe
    deb bionic multiverse
    deb bionic-updates multiverse
    deb bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    deb bionic-security main restricted
    deb bionic-security universe
    deb bionic security multiverse
    deb bionic partner

    I clarify that when using the apt-mirror program and configuring the mirror.list file I am only downloading the packages for the amd64 architecture.

    I don't like to go around adding private repositories outside of the official ones, so I would like to solve this problem.

    Greetings and thanks

  9.   Jose Sanchez del Rio said

    Jose Sanchez del rio WAS HERE. !!!