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VLC is free software to play, transcode and broadcast video and audio files. It is cross-platform software that supports a large number of different formats and codecs.


A list of VLC features is available on the VLC website.

Deploy VLC

VLC is present on the main Debian repository:

apt install vlc

Start VLC

It's possible to launch VLC by double clicking on its icon, or directly with the command line:


It's also possible to play a file directly from the command line interface, for example:

vlc tears_of_steel_1080p.mp4

Debian specific information

Debian specific limitations

Upstream specific information

other information

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