VLC Best Video Player for Ubuntu

how to install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 11.04

There are lot of Music players available for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) but VLC is the most popular media player, not only for Ubuntu 11.04 or Linux Distros but also on Windows (7, Xp or Vsita) and Mac OS X. VLC is a free and open source multimedia player. it’s available for all common platforms. it has been developed/maintained under VideoLAN project. VLC is known as all in one media player, because it can play all the common media file formats – like mp3,avi,flv etc. Actually VLC is capable of handling a lot of input and output file formats.

Ubuntu 11.04 has banshee media player as a default media player, which is a nice one but not suitable for all cases. VLC can be installed in multiple ways – e.g from Command Line, Ubuntu Software Center or from Synaptic Package Manager. Here we will cover any two methods. After installing you may need to install some proprietary libraries and codecs e.g libdvdcss2 for playing music/movies DVD (Encrypted using CSS (Content Scramble System) encryption algorithm). In Ubuntu software center , vlc got 4.5 start, through the 50+ ratings. Now, you can check the popularity of the application before installing, in the Ubuntu Software center, through reviews/comments and ratings.

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Installing VLC Player on Ubuntu 11.04

From Ubuntu Software Center

#1 : Open Ubuntu Software Center (go to menu located at Top Left corner and search for ‘ubuntu software center’ ).

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#2 : search for ‘vlc’ and click on install button to proceed.

#3 : Wait for the installation to complete.

From Command Line

Open the terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type the commands , followed by your ubuntu login password.

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc
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  • Niranjan9795

    but i have all ready vlc-0.8.5-1.i386.rpm software in rpm formate so hpw to install this file please guide me please please

  • Kokila

    I have this problem:

    sudo apt-get install vlc
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree      
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
     vlc : Depends: vlc-nox (= 1.1.9-1ubuntu1) but it is not going to be installed
           Depends: libavcodec52 (>= 4:0.6-1~) but it is not installable or
                    libavcodec-extra-52 (>= 4:0.6-1~) but it is not installable
           Depends: libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.7.0~beta1) but it is not installable
           Depends: libqtgui4 (>= 4:4.5.3) but it is not installable
           Depends: libva-x11-1 but it is not installable
           Depends: libva1 but it is not installable
           Depends: libxcb-keysyms1 (>= 0.3.6) but it is not installable
           Depends: libxcb-randr0 (>= 1.1) but it is not installable
           Depends: libxcb-xv0 (>= 1.2) but it is not installable
           Recommends: vlc-plugin-notify (= 1.1.9-1ubuntu1) but it is not going to be installed
           Recommends: vlc-plugin-pulse (= 1.1.9-1ubuntu1) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages

    • vipeR

      I have the exact same problem…did you find a solution?

      • nfnty

        try:

        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get upgrade

        and then

        sudo apt-get install vlc

        • Uysuntray

          I am new to Ubuntu user also, and this does not work for me

    • Fabien Bouleau

      Disable or comment out the following line in /etc/apt/sources.list:

       deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org sid main

      Then:

      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get upgrade
      sudo apt-get install vlc

  • Kroyd

    thanks it works

  • Godwin

    Thanks this worked for me. Thanks again

  • rakesh raki

    it says – reading package lists… error!E: encountered a section with no package: headerE: problem with Merge list /var//lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_binary-i386_packagesE: the package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened. I am new user to ubuntu.. please help me.

  • Ritwik

    I have an error saying:

    Reading package lists… Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: heReading package lists… Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_universe_binary-i386_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    ader
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_universe_binary-i386_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

  • Swap

    i am facing dis prob=====

    Reading package lists… Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_i18n_Translation-en
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

    plz suggest sumthing

  • Kamal

    Hey.. I don’t have internet connect and I want to install vlc in ubuntu 11.04. Please help me and let me know how I would be able to do this. I have also ready your topic regarding how to install vlc in ubuntu 10.04, I have notice that someone had asked the same question and you have given a website to him for downloadign the same. I too have checked that website but that website is not working and not allowing serch and downloading any package.

  • girish

    i m not able to install vlc bcoz of following problem pls suggest me wat to do……..
    girish@girish-G41D3:~$ sudo apt-get upgrade
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    girish@girish-G41D3:~$ sudo apt-get install vlc
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package vlc