View Full Version : [ubuntu] can't install VLC

April 26th, 2008, 07:12 PM
Can't get media files to work in movie player, so downloaded VLC to the desktop, however when i double click on it it says

"vlc-0.8.6f-win32.exe" cannot be opened
No application suitable for automatic installation is available for handling this kind of file

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what i could do????

Thank you

April 26th, 2008, 07:14 PM
exe files are for windows and will not work in linux. The easiest way to install vlc in linux is to launch terminal and type
sudo apt-get install vlc

April 26th, 2008, 07:15 PM
You downloaded the Windows version. You want the linux version.

Install it from System -> Synaptic Package Manager

or from a terminal: sudo apt-get install vlc

April 26th, 2008, 07:20 PM
that makes sense, however if i run the suggested through a terminal it says

robin@dermot-reincarnated:~$ sudo apt-get install vlc
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package vlc

i tried to locate it through the system file menu as well but couldn't find it

any suggestions

April 26th, 2008, 07:41 PM
vlc is in the Multiverse repository, so you need to enable that.

You can do so in Synaptic, or by uncommenting the appropriate lines in /etc/apt/sources.list.