Several video players may be downloaded and installed on Ubuntu through the add/remove programs panel or command line with the apt-get package manager.
- Ubuntu add/remove software panel
- Command line download and install with apt-get
- Direct download from video player website
- Internet connection
- Root password
- Name of the desired video player
Ubuntu Add/Remove Software Panel
The software management panel has a library of programs designed specifically to work with your version of Ubuntu.
Locating software in the panel
Open the "add/remove" software window, accessible through the menu options. Type or paste the name of the desired video player into the search window, and click "search".
Installing through the panel
Click on piece of software, then click "install". The software manager will prompt for the root password, then download and install the dependencies along with the main program.
apt-get Command Line Software Manager
Ubuntu uses the apt-get software manager for command line program installs. It will download and install the program along with needed libraries.
Check software compatibility
To install the software via command line, you need to first find it's name and see if the desired office program is available through apt-get.
Using a search engine
The fastest way is to search. Open up your favorite search engine such as Google, and enter:
apt-get install softwarename on Ubuntu
This will produce results such as help forum entries that will tell if that software may be installed with apt-get and your version of Ubuntu, and what it is named.
Using the apt-get list feature
apt-get can list all of the available packages, type:
apt-cache search *softwarename*
Installing the video player through apt-get
Once the name of the program and availability is verified from an internet search, the software can be installed along with any dependencies by using a command:
apt-get install softwarename
Type "y" at the prompt to accept the new program. The name of a program as it is stated in apt-get might remain the same throughout the years and different operating systems, or differ slightly. A quick internet search should show the current syntax.
Direct download from main website
Video Player for Ubuntu may also be downloaded and installed from the main website of the software developer. This will often be the most up to date.
Click on piece of software, which might come in a file such as".rpm" and then click "install". The software manager will prompt for the root password, then download and install the dependencies and main packages.