How To Install VLC Media Player on Debian 10

Install VLC Media Player on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VLC Media Player on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, VLC is a free and open-source multimedia player. It is cross-platform and can play almost all multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, and different streaming protocols.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of VLC Media Player on a Debian 10 (Buster) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install VLC Media Player on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing VLC Media Player on Debian 10.

  • Install VLC Media Player from Apt
sudo apt install vlc
  • Install VLC via snap
sudo apt update
sudo apt install snap snapd

Then, install VLC using the following command:

sudo snap install vlc

Launch VLC from CLI or Applications search menu:


Step 3. Accessing VLC Player on Debian.

In order to launch the VLC player, enter the relevant keyword in Debian Dash and click the VLC media player icon.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VLC. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VLC Media Player on Debian 10 (Buster) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official VLC website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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