Install VLC media player 0.9.2 in Ubuntu

A major new version of the VLC media player has been released. 0.9.2 adds a new Qt4 user interface, fullscreen controls, improved playlists, album art support, and new file format support. See the VLC wiki page for all the changes.

It’s past the feature-freeze for Ubuntu 8.10, but an exception may be made for this new version of VLC to get included. If you want to try out the new VLC now, there are unofficial packages available for Ubuntu.

[update] Ubuntu 8.10 now includes the latest version of VLC in the official repository. Install the package vlc (click link to install) to get it.

VLC 0.9.2

First remove old the old version of VLC to prevent a conflict during the upgrade. Remove the package vlc either in Synaptic or in the terminal:

sudo apt-get remove vlc

Add the new repository. Open System->Administration->Software Sources->Third-Party Software. Click the Add button and paste in this repository:

deb hardy main

Close Software Sources, and when prompted, choose to reload the repositories.

Install VLC from the package vlc (click the link to install), or by running the command below in your terminal:

sudo apt-get install vlc

I use VLC for playing all my videos, and I’m glad to see that there are playback controls available when playing a video fullscreen now. They’re even drawn partly transparent if Compiz is running. Click the fullscreen toggle button at the bottom of the VLC window to use this.

Archived Comments


Thanks for the upgrade tip. I am also loving the fullscreen playback buttons.


I tried this out and am getting lots of problems. VLC keeps seg faulting and the audio playback is not smooth at all. It gets worse when I use a visualizer, and if I change the speed to something besides x1.00, like x1.50 the audio gets very choppy and occasionally omits sections of the song. It has repeatedly miss-reported song lengths to me as well. I have a song that is a little over 5 minutes, and VLC will report it as being over 8 minutes. However, this is only true for some songs. Also if you click ‘help > check for updates’, it will seg fault.

I read some of the comments on the page you linked to about including this in intrepid, and it sounds like this might be an issue with having old libraries. I don’t know much about libraries and what VLC needs, it was just a thought. Either way, something is wrong, because I had all these problems testing it for less than an hour.

I should say that I am using a fairly fresh install of Ubuntu with no major modifications made to it. Also, I don’t think my computer is the problem. It has an Athlon 4400+ and my cpu usage was never more than 10% throughout the tests (as reported by top).

One last thing, you may want to include vlc-plugin-pulse in your apt-get line for people using hardy. Without that, they won’t hear anything.

Ok, one more last thing, I don’t want to forget to mention that I did like a lot of the features that are new in this release of VLC. The full screen controls are very useful.


They should really include tis update in the current ubuntu, it just such a great feature.


I’d really like to see it getting included past feature freeze, VLC is a pretty popular player not only for Ubuntu users and therefore means a great deal for users doing the switch.

About this release: It’s just great, they did a great designing the new QT4 interface and the tangoesque icons and of course the fullscreen controls. Thumbs up!


Thanks!, works for me. Now I can watch .flv files with vlc.

I have noticed one drawback, drag and drop subtitles to a playing video doesn’t work anymore…


Looks like VLC is compiled without libass1 and libass-dev
That means you can’t get subtitles efects (different subtitle font, color, perfil, etc.)
Did you try to view a subtitled movie and change the default white font color? Is it just me?


Thanks. This new one seems great.


Great!! Don’t remember the mozilla-plugin for Firefox ;)


Wow. That o.9.2 version is a beaut. I would have said vlc was hard to improve before that.


Hay Tom (My guro friend)

Any idea how to install on ubuntu ibex alpha 5?

the deb intrepid main

dont have the package:(


Thanx… I installed it, but I have one problem now… there is a green bar about 1/4th from the left hand side, and I cannot get rid of it… any suggestions?


Damn they went with a QT4 interface instead of the previous versions GTK interface.


I compiled it on gutsy, and I get heaps of Segmentation faults. And fullscreen-video playback is bugged except OpenGL. I’m sticking with the old one.


The install went/works fine, except I just don’t have any audio.


what is the name of your computer. may be i can help you.


I installed the new VLC from that repo but I ended up with no usable skins so I had to roll back to the older version. I’ll have to make sure the bug gets filed on it, but VLC 0.9.2 is useless on my system.


It turns out my issue was prompted by an alternate theme. Once I rolled back, switched to the default theme and updated again all was well with the VLC world. VLC uses a different settings folder, so now I get to reinstall my themes. At least this version looks easier to handle themes. I’ll just have to see which themes need to be updated.


Thanks Tom, I love the new VLC, it works very well and love the new controls in the full screen mode.


install on ubuntu interpid alpha 5 from


When I try to install it, I get a dependancy error on libpango1 (should be >= 1.20.5 and Hardy has 1.20.1-1.


I can’t get vlc to play dvds. I get frames that freeze. Audio CDs play fine. 8.6f was fine on dvds.




I ended up with 10 dependencies that seem unable to be met. Not sure what repositories I need to enable to get the following solutions…
Depends: libc6 (>=2.7) but 2.6.1-1ubuntu10 is to be installed
Depends: libcaca0 (>=0.99.beta13b-1) but 0.99.beta11.debian-3 is to be
Depends: libcairo2 (>=1.6.0) but 1.4.10-1ubuntu4.4 is to be installed
Depends: libcucul0 (>=0.99.beta13b-1) but 0.99.beta11.debian-3 is to be
Depends: libfribidi0 (>=0.10.9) but 0.10.7-4build1 is to be installed
Depends: libpango1.0-0 (>=1.20.5) but 1.18.3-0ubuntu1 is to be installed
Depends: libqt4-core but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libqt4-gui but it is not going to be installed
Depends: vlc-nox (=0.9.2+x264snapshot20080914+faad2.6.1-1~ppa1) but
0.8.6.release.c-0ubuntu5.1 is to be installed
Depends: vlc-plugin-pulse but it is not going to be installed

I’m running 7.10

Anyone care to offer me a few clues?

peter fields

This is all very well, but the repo doesn’t have a signed key. Which means it is completely worthless. You people are SO irresponsible - do you EVER give a second’s thought before giving “advice” to others ?


The correct version of libpango1 is available in hardy-updates. Make sure you have recommended updates turned on in Software Sources->Updates.

Looks like you’ll need to upgrade to Ubuntu 8.04 or higher to meet those dependencies.

peter fields:
Launchpad’s PPA service doesn’t support signing, but it looks like this will be fixed soon.


No sound after this update. Any idea? … Ive tried with the default option, pulse audio and alsa. Not luck at all.

Thanks! Great Post!


So, how do you use subtitles? , i´m from Mexico and i speak spanish but i like movies in original lenguaje, and most of them are in english and i can understand english about 70 % (so forgiveme if this is bad written) but i prefer to have subtitles for those little details that i miss (the other 30 %).

In windows i just rename the subtitles whith the same name of the movie (lets say an .avi file) and it work but here i can´t make it work.

Do any one now?


Thanks a lot for this post. I had been unable to use VLC 0.8.6e since I upgraded to hardy. This new version works great !


Um, yeah, I really, really love the new VLC…but I can’t get it to work properly on my computer. I’m running Ubuntu 8, and whenever I try to run vlc, the terminal returns this code:

VLC media player 0.9.3 Grishenko
[00000001] main libvlc debug: VLC media player - version 0.9.3 Grishenko - © 1996-2008 the VideoLAN team
[00000001] main libvlc debug: libvlc was configured with ./configure ‘–disable-mad’ ‘–disable-avformat’ ‘–disable-glx’
[00000001] main libvlc debug: translation test: code is “C”
[00000001] main libvlc error: no memcpy module matched “any”
[00000530] main demux error: no demux module matched “xspf-open”
[00000527] main input error: no suitable demux module for `file/xspf-open:///home/rachelle/.local/share/vlc/ml.xspf’
[00000533] main interface error: no interface module matched “hotkeys,none”
[00000533] main interface error: no suitable interface module
[00000001] main libvlc error: interface “hotkeys,none” initialization failed
[00000534] main interface error: no interface module matched “inhibit,none”
[00000534] main interface error: no suitable interface module
[00000001] main libvlc error: interface “inhibit,none” initialization failed
[00000535] main interface error: no interface module matched “screensaver,none”
[00000535] main interface error: no suitable interface module
[00000001] main libvlc error: interface “screensaver,none” initialization failed
[00000536] main interface error: no interface module matched “signals”
[00000536] main interface error: no suitable interface module
[00000001] main libvlc error: interface “signals” initialization failed
[00000001] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use ‘cvlc’ to use vlc without interface.
[00000537] main interface error: no interface module matched “any”
[00000537] main interface error: no suitable interface module
[00000001] main libvlc error: interface “(null)” initialization failed
*** LibVLC Exception not handled: Interface initialization failed
Set a breakpoint in ‘libvlc_exception_not_handled’ to debug.

I managed to get the old VLC working again, but I really want this one! Any suggestions?


just compiled this on Hardy and it works flawlessly. I can actually play stylized subtitles from MKVs properly now


Hi, when I load a .avi movie, the sound plays but there is no picture, can someone please advise?

Thanks in advance


where did you get the url for the v9.2 vlc repo :
deb hardy main

becuase if you look on the download page for vlc inder 0.92 it doesnt tell you add any new repo url.

it only tells you to enable the universe section of the standard ubuntu repo.

i have already done that, and all i see if version 8.

Not that i dont trust you…its just that i dont trust you.


True, VLC’s website doesn’t say to add any new repositories. But their page for Ubuntu is outdated, to get the new version you’ll have to add a third party repo.

from Hungaty József

Yes this is a thirdparty, but I dont care! Thank you wery mutch. I am wery surprised, it is works perfectly for me. I wish you all the best for your work, That is fantastic what you did for me!


Please help. I installed VLC via the above method but the problem is, all the text is utterly unreadable. It’s as though it installed an Asian version which my laptop doesn’t have support for. It’s all weird symbols for every menu and option. Any thoughts on how to fix?

Other than that, it appears to play media but it’s still unusable for me with the language issue.


vlc 0.9.3 worked really well for me.

Unfortunately, I didn’t uncheck the 3rd party repo after installing it and a prompt to upgrade to 0.9.4 was offered. Given the stability of 0.9.3, I accepted and that is where all the problems started.

It is really buggy. Because I’d done system clean up I no longer have 0.9.3 debs and they are not on offer on the 3rd party repo - just the disastrous 0.9.4

With no 0.9.3 debs seemingly available anywhere online I have had to roll back to 0.8.6. If anyone knows of a repo with the 0.9.3 (or even 0.9.2) I would be very grateful!


hey, quick question, since it upgraded to 0.9.4 it wasn’t working right. I upgraded to Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10), and now the update through the Intrepid repositories has the video integrated again in VLC 0.9.4. Can someone tell me, please, is it fixed this the repository listed in this page?


Hey, quick question. The repositories that are in Intrepid by default now have a fixed version of VLC 0.9.4 (at least the video integration and fullscreen controls are fixed). Can someone please tell me if this is fixed in the version available through the repository listed on this page? My husband is still using Hardy, and he has a semi-working version compiled from a downloaded archive, but he’s afraid to install through the repository if it’s not fixed.

Also, if anyone is having trouble seeing the video (you get a black screen instead), go to Tools -> Preferences -> Video. Then, next to “output”, select X11 video output. That worked for me. And, if the video is jumpy in fullscreen, you can go back in to preferences, click on “all” under “show settings” (bottom left corner), click on the “+” beside “Video”, click on the “+” beside “Output Modes”, Click on “X11 Video”, then put a checkmark beside “Alternate Fullscreen Method”.

Hope that helped, and hope someone can answer my question for me. Thanks!

peter fields

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - using amateur-hour unsigned repos is a recipe for guaranteed disaster.

Mr Korn even had the audacity to release a broken slew of svn-related packages, thus cementing his reputation as a half-baked muppet.

People wanting vlc 0.9.* on Hardy will just have to wait for a (working) backport, or an upgrade to Intrepid.


thanks man


Awesome, had been trying for ages to get vlc 0.9 installed in ubuntu studio 64 bit (8.10). I only had 0.8 showing up in synaptics.

After adding that source, zip there it is, installed all the nessesary files and its working perfectly.

I really wanted this because you can get gmote for the google android and use it as a remote for your PC media files and it needs vlc 0.9 to work properly.



Excellent, all I had was 0.8.x in my repo and i wasnt getting any sound. great help here! Stumbled and reviewed (thumbs up!)


This post is outdated. As of early 2009, VLC 0.9.4 was available in ubuntu repositories. There is no requirement to add the third party repository as stated in the article above. Simply enable universe and multiverse repositories in System | Administration | Software Sources and install VLC by doing “sudo apt-get install vlc” in a terminal.


Furrealz? That’s maevrlously good to know.


awesome help cheers


you can install latest VLC player on ubuntu 8.10 with out connecting to internet. download the vlc player from once downloaded extract it to your desktop. find the file. double click on it. Now in the new window click run in terminal. thats it. you can take a back up of the extracted folder for future use or install it on the other computer which is not connected to the internet.


the damn vlc still freezes and doesnt play dvd’s 2@#$@$%$
And GPG error…


its very good

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It says 123 Mb instead of only 17-23 mb… huhuhuhu

samar roy



not getting the package through synaptic for ubuntu 8.10


i just hate it’s orange interface ,now i got the latest black interface version of vlc here is the snapshot i got it from here check this out if are bored that old orangle interface.

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