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VLC is among one of the best free and open-source media player. You can install VLC on Pop!_OS, thanks to its compatibility with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux Operating Systems, more importantly mobile platforms. This software helps you to play audio, record, watch videos, stream. We shall see the 2 ways that you can use to install VLC on Pop!_OS Linux and finally how to uninstall it from your sytem.

Option 1. Install VLC on Pop!_OS from the Terminal

  • To install VLC on Pop!_OS, first you need to update repositories by typing the following command on your Pop!_OS terminal;
sudo apt update

This is how it appears on your command line interface;

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt update
[sudo] password for cheronohvalentine: 
Hit:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy InRelease                     
Hit:2 http://ppa.launchpad.net/system76/pop/ubuntu groovy InRelease            
Hit:3 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy-security InRelease
Hit:4 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy-updates InRelease
Hit:5 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy-backports InRelease
Hit:6 http://apt.pop-os.org/proprietary groovy InRelease
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done

  • To install VLC on Pop!_OS, you need to run the following command on your terminal;
sudo apt install vlc

This is a sample of what goes on, on your terminal, when you run the command to help you install VLC on Pop!_OS above;

Setting up liblivemedia77:amd64 (2020.01.19-1build1) ...
Setting up libqt5gui5:amd64 (5.14.2+dfsg-6) ...
Setting up vlc-bin (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Setting up libqt5widgets5:amd64 (5.14.2+dfsg-6) ...
Setting up qt5-gtk-platformtheme:amd64 (5.14.2+dfsg-6) ...
Setting up vlc-plugin-base:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Setting up libqt5x11extras5:amd64 (5.14.2-2) ...
Setting up libqt5svg5:amd64 (5.14.2-2) ...
Setting up vlc-plugin-qt:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Setting up vlc (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Setting up vlc-plugin-skins2:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.32-0ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.3-2) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu4) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for libvlc-bin:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
[email protected]:~$ vlc
VLC media player 3.0.11.1 Vetinari (revision 3.0.11.1-0-g52483f3ca2)
[00005631221c05b0] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
  • You can also check whether VLC was successfully installed on your system by launching it, just type the following command as I did on the code above, and ensure that you accept the policies provided;
vlc

This is what pops up when you type vlc on your terminal;

The above image shows that VLC was successfully installed on Pop!_OS Ubuntu Linux. To also verify this, you can go to your search box on Pop!_OS and manually search for VLC, if it appears, then that is enough proof. Just like as shown;

OPtion 2. Install VLC on Pop!_OS from the Pop! Shop

  • Just open Pop! Shop and search for VLC, ensure that you install the latest version, to which one is the latest, just click on each of them one by one, and check their versions;
  • Get the right VLC installed

Just proceed to search for VLC on the Pop! Shop search box, and get the latest version;

Tap on install to get it on your system. That is the highlighted area on the image above. And wait for the installation process to be complete.

  • Once fully installed, accept policy agreement and use the desktop environment search box to verify the installation was successful.

Uninstall VLC Media Player on Pop!_OS

When you install a software, it is also very important to learn how to uninstall it, in case there come a time you do not need it anymore, you can comfortably remove it.

  • Method 1. To uninstall VLC, you just type the following command on your terminal, then confirm uninstallation by typing (Y);
sudo apt remove vlc

Below is the whole process of VLC uninstallation;

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt remove vlc
[sudo] password for cheronohvalentine: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  liba52-0.7.4 libaacs0 libaribb24-0 libass9 libavformat58
  libbasicusageenvironment1 libbdplus0 libbluray2 libcddb2 libchromaprint1
  libdc1394-25 libdca0 libdouble-conversion3 libdvbpsi10 libdvdnav4
  libdvdread8 libebml5 libfaad2 libgme0 libgroupsock8 libixml10 libkate1
  liblirc-client0 liblivemedia77 libmad0 libmatroska7 libmd4c0 libmpcdec6
  libmpeg2-4 libmysofa1 libnorm1 libopenmpt-modplug1 libopenmpt0 libpgm-5.2-0
  libplacebo72 libpostproc55 libprotobuf-lite23 libproxy-tools libqt5core5a
  libqt5dbus5 libqt5gui5 libqt5network5 libqt5svg5 libqt5widgets5
  libqt5x11extras5 librabbitmq4 libresid-builder0c2a libsdl-image1.2
  libsdl1.2debian libsidplay2 libsndio7.0 libspatialaudio0 libsrt1-gnutls
  libssh-gcrypt-4 libssh2-1 libswscale5 libupnp13 libusageenvironment3
  libvlc-bin libvlc5 libvlccore9 libvncclient1 libxcb-composite0
  libxcb-xinerama0 libxcb-xinput0 libzmq5 qt5-gtk-platformtheme
  qttranslations5-l10n vlc-bin vlc-data vlc-l10n vlc-plugin-access-extra
  vlc-plugin-base vlc-plugin-notify vlc-plugin-qt vlc-plugin-samba
  vlc-plugin-skins2 vlc-plugin-video-output vlc-plugin-video-splitter
  vlc-plugin-visualization
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  vlc
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
After this operation, 230 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y
(Reading database ... 214243 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing vlc (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu4) ...
  • Method 2: If the above command does not work, use the following command;
sudo apt autoremove

Below is the process of complete removal of vlc from Pop!_OS system;

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt autoremove
[sudo] password for cheronohvalentine: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  liba52-0.7.4 libaacs0 libaribb24-0 libass9 libavformat58
  libbasicusageenvironment1 libbdplus0 libbluray2 libcddb2 libchromaprint1
  libdc1394-25 libdca0 libdouble-conversion3 libdvbpsi10 libdvdnav4
  libdvdread8 libebml5 libfaad2 libgme0 libgroupsock8 libixml10 libkate1
  liblirc-client0 liblivemedia77 libmad0 libmatroska7 libmd4c0 libmpcdec6
  libmpeg2-4 libmysofa1 libnorm1 libopenmpt-modplug1 libopenmpt0 libpgm-5.2-0
  libplacebo72 libpostproc55 libprotobuf-lite23 libproxy-tools libqt5core5a
  libqt5dbus5 libqt5gui5 libqt5network5 libqt5svg5 libqt5widgets5
  libqt5x11extras5 librabbitmq4 libresid-builder0c2a libsdl-image1.2
  libsdl1.2debian libsidplay2 libsndio7.0 libspatialaudio0 libsrt1-gnutls
  libssh-gcrypt-4 libssh2-1 libswscale5 libupnp13 libusageenvironment3
  libvlc-bin libvlc5 libvlccore9 libvncclient1 libxcb-composite0
  libxcb-xinerama0 libxcb-xinput0 libzmq5 qt5-gtk-platformtheme
  qttranslations5-l10n vlc-bin vlc-data vlc-l10n vlc-plugin-access-extra
  vlc-plugin-base vlc-plugin-notify vlc-plugin-qt vlc-plugin-samba
  vlc-plugin-skins2 vlc-plugin-video-output vlc-plugin-video-splitter
  vlc-plugin-visualization
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 80 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
After this operation, 130 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 214225 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing vlc-plugin-base:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing liba52-0.7.4:amd64 (0.7.4-20) ...
Removing libaacs0:amd64 (0.9.0-2) ...
Removing libaribb24-0:amd64 (1.0.3-2) ...
Removing libass9:amd64 (1:0.14.0-2) ...
Removing libavformat58:amd64 (7:4.3.1-4ubuntu1) ...
Removing liblivemedia77:amd64 (2020.01.19-1build1) ...
Removing libgroupsock8:amd64 (2020.01.19-1build1) ...
Removing libbasicusageenvironment1:amd64 (2020.01.19-1build1) ...
Removing libbdplus0:amd64 (0.1.2-3) ...
Removing libbluray2:amd64 (1:1.2.0-3) ...
Removing libcddb2 (1.3.2-6fakesync1) ...
Removing libchromaprint1:amd64 (1.5.0-1) ...
Removing libdc1394-25:amd64 (2.2.6-3) ...
Removing libdca0:amd64 (0.0.7-1) ...
Removing vlc-plugin-skins2:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing vlc-plugin-qt:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing qt5-gtk-platformtheme:amd64 (5.14.2+dfsg-6) ...
Removing libqt5x11extras5:amd64 (5.14.2-2) ...
Removing libqt5svg5:amd64 (5.14.2-2) ...
Removing libqt5widgets5:amd64 (5.14.2+dfsg-6) ...
Removing libdvbpsi10:amd64 (1.3.3-1) ...
Removing libdvdnav4:amd64 (6.1.0-1build1) ...
Removing libdvdread8:amd64 (6.1.1-2) ...
Removing libmatroska7:amd64 (1.6.2-1) ...
Removing libebml5:amd64 (1.4.0-2) ...
Removing libfaad2:amd64 (2.9.2-1) ...
Removing libgme0:amd64 (0.6.3-2) ...
Removing libupnp13:amd64 (1:1.8.4-2ubuntu2) ...
Removing libixml10:amd64 (1:1.8.4-2ubuntu2) ...
Removing libkate1:amd64 (0.4.1-11build1) ...
Removing liblirc-client0:amd64 (0.10.1-6.2) ...
Removing libmad0:amd64 (0.15.1b-10ubuntu1) ...
Removing libqt5gui5:amd64 (5.14.2+dfsg-6) ...
Removing libmd4c0:amd64 (0.4.4-1) ...
Removing libmpcdec6:amd64 (2:0.1~r495-2) ...
Removing libmpeg2-4:amd64 (0.5.1-9) ...
Removing libspatialaudio0:amd64 (0.3.0+git20180730+dfsg1-2build1) ...
Removing libmysofa1:amd64 (1.0~dfsg0-2) ...
Removing libzmq5:amd64 (4.3.2-2ubuntu2) ...
Removing libnorm1:amd64 (1.5.8+dfsg2-2build1) ...
Removing libopenmpt-modplug1:amd64 (0.4.11-1build1) ...
Removing libopenmpt0:amd64 (0.4.11-1build1) ...
Removing libpgm-5.2-0:amd64 (5.2.122~dfsg-3ubuntu1) ...
Removing vlc-plugin-video-output:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing libplacebo72:amd64 (2.72.0-2) ...
Removing libpostproc55:amd64 (7:4.3.1-4ubuntu1) ...
Removing libprotobuf-lite23:amd64 (3.12.3-2ubuntu2) ...
Removing libproxy-tools (0.4.15-13ubuntu1.1) ...
Removing libqt5network5:amd64 (5.14.2+dfsg-6) ...
Removing libqt5dbus5:amd64 (5.14.2+dfsg-6) ...
Removing librabbitmq4:amd64 (0.10.0-1) ...
Removing libresid-builder0c2a (2.1.1-15ubuntu2) ...
Removing libsdl-image1.2:amd64 (1.2.12-12) ...
Removing libsdl1.2debian:amd64 (1.2.15+dfsg2-5) ...
Removing libsidplay2 (2.1.1-15ubuntu2) ...
Removing libsndio7.0:amd64 (1.5.0-3) ...
Removing libsrt1-gnutls:amd64 (1.4.1-5build1) ...
Removing libssh-gcrypt-4:amd64 (0.9.4-1ubuntu3) ...
Removing libssh2-1:amd64 (1.8.0-2.1build1) ...
Removing libswscale5:amd64 (7:4.3.1-4ubuntu1) ...
Removing libusageenvironment3:amd64 (2020.01.19-1build1) ...
Removing vlc-bin (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing libvlc-bin:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing libvlc5:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing vlc-plugin-visualization:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing vlc-plugin-access-extra:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing vlc-plugin-video-splitter:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing vlc-plugin-samba:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing libvncclient1:amd64 (0.9.13+dfsg-1) ...
Removing libxcb-composite0:amd64 (1.14-2) ...
Removing libxcb-xinerama0:amd64 (1.14-2) ...
Removing libxcb-xinput0:amd64 (1.14-2) ...
Removing qttranslations5-l10n (5.14.2-2) ...
Removing vlc-data (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing vlc-l10n (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing vlc-plugin-notify:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Removing libqt5core5a:amd64 (5.14.2+dfsg-6) ...
Removing libdouble-conversion3:amd64 (3.1.5-5ubuntu1) ...
Removing libvlccore9:amd64 (3.0.11.1-2) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.32-0ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.3-2) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...
[email protected]:~$ vlc
bash: /usr/bin/vlc: No such file or directory

N/B The first uninstallation did not work for me, since I typed VLC to verify it it was still there, yet is still launched, the second command is what worked for me. But as you can see, on the second method, when I typed VLC, got the response No Such file directory.

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