When I use Ubuntu on videolan.org site and click donwload VLC it simply opens apt://vlc link and I can install vlc.

However elementary os does not support that kind of links. I tried to find a .deb file but can't find it.

So how to install vlc 3.0.1 on elementary os?

  • I usually use gDebi to install this kind of packages Mar 4, 2018 at 17:03

2 Answers 2


first option: using snap (current version: 3.0.1-4-g14a4897

sudo apt install snapd


sudo snap install vlc

second option: (stable version 2.2.2 last update: 32 weeks ago)

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

third option: (beta version 4.0.0~rc1 last update 23hours ago) not recommended

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

I would recommend installing VLC as a snap using Snaptastic.

  1. Install Snaptastic from the AppCenter
  2. Go to: https://snapcraft.io/vlc
  3. Click install

Because it's snap you'll get the latest version, which auto updates and there is less change of damaging your system than when adding custom ppa's.
I recommend using Snaptastic because it's easier, especially for people who don't like using the command line.


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