How to Install The Latest VLC 3.0.11 via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04

This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest VLC media player 3.0.11 via PPA in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

VLC 3.0.11 was released a few days ago as the latest release of the popular media player. For those prefer native deb package to the containerized snap package, here’s an unofficial PPA maintains the latest packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

Open terminal either from your system application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run following commands one by one.

1. Add the unofficial VLC PPA.

Run command and type user password, no asterisk feedback, when it prompts and hit Enter.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/vlc3

2. Add the dependencies PPA.

The latest package requires updated version of DVD libraries. Run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/multimedia

(Ubuntu 20.04 users may skip this step) FFmpeg >= 4.2 is also required. Run commands to add following PPAs for the updated FFmpeg libraries:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/graphics

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/ffmpeg4

3. Finally install VLC via command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install vlc

(Optional) How to remove these PPAs as well as VLC:

First install ppa-purge by running command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge

Then run commands one by one to purge these PPAs as well as downgrade installed packages to the stock versions:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:savoury1/vlc3

sudo ppa-purge ppa:savoury1/multimedia

sudo ppa-purge ppa:savoury1/ffmpeg4

sudo ppa-purge ppa:savoury1/graphics

About ml

ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.

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