Linux - Install VLC and Firefox plugins

Installing VLC and Firefox plug-ins on Ubuntu, distribution of the Linux operating system, can be done by using the synaptic GUI or by using the apt-get command from the command line. When installing VLC using the synaptic package manager, the repositories have to be checked for the VLC or VLC-plugin-pulse and Mozilla-plugin-VLC and install them. The libavccodec-extra-52 has to be installed for streaming. When installing the VLC through the command line, apt-get update, apt-get upgrade and apt-get install will be used. For Ubuntu versions 9.10 and above, the VLC-plugin-esd must be installed instead of VLC-plugin-pulse.


Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat 10.10:

With synaptic (GUI)

  • 1) Check in "System> Administration> Synaptic Package Manager> Settings> Repositories" and "maintained by the Free Software community" is checked.
  • 2) Look in the synaptic for the "VLC", "VLC-plugin-pulse" and "Mozilla-plugin-VLC" packages and install them
  • 3) Install "libavcodec-extra-52" for streaming purposes

Apt-get (command line)

Open a terminal:

... and type the following commands:

sudo apt-get update    
sudo apt-get upgrade    
sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc libavcodec-extra-52

Lucid Lynx Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:

VLC v1.0.6 is obsolete. Manually install version 1.1.x. at your own risk. You can use the version provided by either PPA or Canonical.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lucid-bleed/ppa       
sudo apt-get update       
sudo apt-get upgrade    
sudo apt-get install VLC-plugin-pulse Mozilla-plugin-VLC

===Koala Ubunty Karmic 9.10 and earlier versions====

VLC v1.0.2 for Ubuntu 9.10 and older versions contain security vulnerabilities, you should make an update ....

Ubuntu Hardy Heron LTS 4.8

Same comment as for Ubuntu 9.10, you should migrate to a newer version. In addition you must use the VLC-plugin-esd instead of VLC-plugin-pulse:
sudo apt-get update       
sudo apt-get upgrade    
sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin-esd mozilla-plugin-vlc

Official Website for VLC:
Published by deri58. Latest update on March 16, 2012 at 05:51 PM by Virginia Parsons.
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