Video LAN, a very popular media player that supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems, including Ubuntu has just been updated to version 2.0.6 and this brief tutorial is going to show you how to install it or upgrade your current installation to the newest version. This release brings boatload of fixes, including support for Matroska V4 files, HTTPS playback fixes and more.

A more detailed changelog can be found at

Below are some of the fixes and changes you will find when you install or upgrade to it.

  • Fix HTTPS playback with some certificates previously rejected
  • Improve lookup of human readable device names in AUHAL plugin (OS X)
  • Improvements to the vimeo playlist parser
  • Fix GPU decoding on Intel HD 2000/3000 cards on Windows
  • Numerous D-Bus and MPRIS2 improvements
  • Fix uninstallation in different location than C:\

VLC can easily be installed in Windows and Mac OS X by going to the download page and downloading a version for your system. It’s very easy to install in these operating systems. If you which to install it in Ubuntu, you can do it by adding its PPA repository to your machine, then installing or upgrading to it.

To get started with install VLC in Ubuntu, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add its PPA repository.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily



Next, run the commands below to update your machine with information about the repository you just added.

sudo apt-get update


Finally, run the commands below to install VLC and all its components along with Mozilla plugin

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc



That’s it! You should be able to open it from Ubuntu Unity Dash.


If you wish to completely remove or uninstall it, run the commands below.

sudo apt-get purge vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc && sudo apt-get autoremove


Next, run the commands below to remove its PPA repository from your machine.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:videolan/stable-daily