How to Install VLC 3 (Media Player) on Debian 10 / Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04

As of we know VLC is the most widely used media player on Linux and Windows Desktop. VideoLan project has recently released its latest & stable version of VLC 3. Some of the new features of VLC 3 are listed below:

  • It supports 3D audio and 360 Video
  • VLC 3 supports hardware decoding by default and can play 4K and 8K videos
  • It can stream local media to Chromecast devices.
  • It supports HDMI pass through for Audio HD codecs (E-AC3 & TrueHD)
  • It supports network browsing for network file systems like SMB, NFS, FTP & SFTP etc.

To read more on new features on VLC 3, you can refer its official site:

In this article we will discuss how we can install VLC 3 on Debian 10/9 and Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04

Installation of VLC 3 on Debian 10 /9 

VLC 3 package is available in the default Debian 10/9 upstream package repositories, so it can be easily installed via command line using apt command, execute the following apt command to update the repositories and to install vlc 3

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt update
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install vlc -y

Installation of VLC 3 via snap

Alternate Way to Install VLC 3 on Debian 10 /9 is via snap. Run the below command,

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install snapd

To view the VLC version available via snap

[email protected]:~$ sudo snap find vlc
Name                        Version  Developer  Notes  Summary
vlc                         3.0.0    videolan   -      The ultimate media player
mjpg-streamer               2.0      ogra       -      UVC webcam streaming tool
simplescreenrecorder-mardy  0.3.8-3  mardy      -      Simple Screen Recorder
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Run below snap command to install VLC 3

[email protected]:~$ sudo snap install vlc
vlc 3.0.0 from 'videolan' installed
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Once VLC has been installed via snap, reboot your system once and then you can start accessing the latest version of VLC.

Access and Start VLC 3,


Click on VLC media player,


Installation of VLC 3 on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04

VLC 3 is not available in the default Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 repositories but we can install VLC 3 using snap package.

Refer the below commands to Install VLC 3 using snap

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install snap -y
[email protected]:~$ sudo snap install vlc

Reboot your machine once vlc has been installed successfully.

Access VLC 3 media player,


Click on VLC Media player


If you don’t like snap VLC 3 and wants to remove from your system , then use the below command

$ sudo snap remove vlc

That’s all from this article. Please do share your valuable feedback and comments in the comments section below.

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