How to install the latest version of VLC Media Player on Debian 10

There are many open source media players available for Linux users over the Internet. The preference for choice is due to the ease of installation and the availability of a stable version. A stable version of VLC 3.0 has been released and is available for use at the time of this writing. In this article, we will talk about several ways to install the player, depending on whether you choose the graphical interface or command line of your Debian system.

We ran the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on the Debian 10 Buster system.

Install VLC Player through the user interface

The popular VLC media player is available on the list of reliable Debian software you can install. Provides an easy way to install the player using a graphical interface.

Click the Software icon in the Actions toolbar on the Debian desktop.

The Debian Software utility opens, from where you can search for VLC by clicking the search button and then entering VLC in the search bar.

Your search word will display the following result:

VLC Player

When you click on the VLC search entry, the following window opens:

Install VLC Player

Through this window you can install the latest version of the VLC media player by clicking the “Install” button. You will then be asked to provide authentication in the next dialog box, since only an authorized user can add / remove software in Debian.

+ Authenticate as administrator


Enter the password for the privileged user, and then click the “Authenticate” button, after which the installation process will begin as follows: Advertisements

Software installation

The next window indicates a successful installation of the player. You can directly launch it through this window, as well as immediately delete it for any reason.

Launch the application

Exit Debian software after installation is complete.

Launch VLC Player

To start the VLC player, enter the appropriate keyword in the Debian Application Launcher and click on the VLC media player icon, as shown here:

VLC Icon

When you first open the VLC player, you will be shown the following Privacy and Network Access Policy. VLC needs access to the network from time to time, so you need to allow it access to the metadata network by checking the box here and clicking the Continue button.

Accept license

The media player starts as follows to play media files:

VLC Media Player

Make VLC the default media player

By default, Gnome music and video players are used by Debian to play multimedia files. However, you can configure your system to play audio and video files through the VLC player by making the following changes:

Access to system settings is carried out through the application launcher or the down arrow located in the upper right corner of the screen. Then you can click the settings icon located in the lower left corner of the following form:

Application Launcher

Click the Details tab in the left pane, and then click the Default Applications tab in the Details view. The right side will show the default applications filed in court for relevant purposes.

Click on the “Music” button, which is set to Rhythmbox by default. Select a VLC media player from the list, after which all your music files will be opened in the VLC media player by default.

Select VLC as your default player

In addition, select the VLC media player from the Video drop-down list so that all your videos also open in the default VLC player.

Default application list

Please close the Settings utility.

VLC Removal

Removing a VLC player through the graphical interface is quite simple. Open the Debian software from the Activities list and find the VLC. Click the VLC entry, and then click the Delete button in the following window:

Remove VLC

The following dialog box opens, confirming whether you want to remove the player.

Confirm Deletion

Click the Delete button to confirm your choice. Please note that only an authorized user can install / remove the package in Debian, so you will be shown the following authentication dialog:

Authenticate as administrator

Enter the password for the authorized user and click the “Authenticate” button. The uninstall process will begin and your software will be uninstalled.

Install VLC on the command line

If you, like me, prefer to install the software through the command line, here is how you can install the VLC player through the command line.

Install VLC Snap Package

Open the Debian command line, Terminal by searching in the Application Launcher as follows:


To install the snapshot package, you must first enable the snapshot function on your system.

Run the following commands to install the latest version of Snap Daemon, if it is not already installed on your system:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install snapd

Install snap

You can then install the snap-in package for VLC with the following command:

$ sudo snap install vlc

Install VLC

The following output will confirm the successful installation of the VLC player and the latest version installed on your system.

VLC successfully installed

You can use the following commands to start VLC through the terminal:

To start the graphical version of the software, use the following command:

$ vlc

To run vlc on a command line without an interface, use the following version:

$ cvlc

Uninstall the VLC package

Uninstalling the software package through the command line is also quite simple. Use the following command as root to remove vlc snap from your system:

$ sudo snap remove vlc

Remove VLC Snap

Although the snap-in is a great utility for packing software, you can remove it due to lack of space with the following command:

$ sudo apt-get remove snapd

Remove Bound

In this article, you learned several ways to install / uninstall, as well as configure the VLC media player. Whether you are a command line user or a GUI dependent user, you can now install and run the VLC player, as well as make it the default player for launching multimedia.

How to install the latest VLC Media Player on Debian 10

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