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Installing VLC

There are VLC binaries available for the many OSes, but not for all supported ones. If there are no binaries for your OS or if you want to change the default settings, you can compile VLC from sources.


VLC works under Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP. Download the self-extracting package from the VLC Windows download page. Launch the .exe to install VLC.

Mac OS X

Download the Mac OS X package from the VLC MacOS X download page. Double-click on the icon of the package: an icon will appear on your Desktop, right beside your drive(s). Open it and drag the VLC application from the resulting window to the place where you want to install it (it should be /Applications).


Download the Zip file from the VLC BeOS download page. Unzip the file in a directory to install VLC.

Debian GNU/Linux

Debian stable (sarge)

Add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb stable main
deb-src stable main

Then, for a normal install, do:

# apt-get update
# apt-get install vlc libdvdcss2

Debian testing (etch)

You should not be using Debian testing unless you perfectly know what you are doing. It is almost impossible to support Debian testing and there are no plans to do it.

For more informations on Debian testing, please look: testing page.

Debian unstable (sid)

Add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb sid main
deb-src sid main

Then, for a normal install, do:

# apt-get update
# apt-get install vlc libdvdcss2

Linux Mandrake

There are VLC packages for Mandrake 9.1 and cooker.

To install them, add the following sources for either Mandrake 9.1 or Cooker (you can use Easy urpmi for that): contrib from the core distribution and plf (Penguin Liberation Front) from the external add-ons.

Then install the required packages with urpmi:

# urpmi libdvdcss2 libdvdplay0 wxvlc vlc-plugin-a52 vlc-plugin-ogg vlc-plugin-mad

Linux CentOS (EL5)

1. download and install the latest rpmforge-release rpm (eg rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.i386.rpm)

2. either;

yum install vlc

or (if you have epel-release installed);

yum --disablerepo='epel' install vlc

Linux Redhat

Download the RPM package vlc and the packages listed in the required libraries and codecs section (the other packages are optional) from the VLC Red Hat download page and put them all into the same directory.

Then install the RPM packages you have downloaded:

# rpm -U *.rpm

If you have not installed all the RPM packages included with your distribution, you may be asked to install a few of them first.

Compile the sources by yourself (for every other OS)

For more detailed information on compiling VLC by yourself, please have a look at the documentation on our developers website.

Uninstalling VLC


Click on the Uninstall VLC icon that was created during installation.

Mac OS X

Drag the VLC application to your trash can. You can also remove the configuration file and the cache files in ~/Library/Preferences/VLC/. There is an AppleScript on the disk-image which lets you do this automatically.


Delete the vlc-version directory. You can also remove the configuration file /boot/home/config/settings/vlcrc.

Debian GNU/Linux

Remove the packages that you installed:

# apt-get remove --purge vlc libdvdcss2

GNU/Linux Redhat, Mandrake and SuSE

Uninstall the RPM packages that you installed:

# rpm -e vlc-version vlc-mad-version wxvlc-version libdvdcss2-version libdvdpsi1-version

If you compiled VLC from sources

Go to the directory containing VLC sources and execute

# make uninstall

You can then remove the VLC sources.

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