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VLC (VideoLAN Client) is an open source and free simple fast and much powerful cross-platform player and framework for playing most of multimedia files like CD, DVD, VCD, Audio CD and other various supported streaming media protocols. It was written by the VideoLAN project and can be available for all operating platforms such as Windows, Linux, Solaris, OS X, Android, iOS and other supported operating systems.

It also has compression feature for many audio and video files and ability to stream media files over computer network. For more information and features can be found at http://www.videolan.org/vlc/features.html

In this new series of Linux Players, we will show you how to install latest version of VLC Media Player in RHEL 6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.8/5.6, CentOS 6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.8/5.6 and Fedora 17,16,15,14,13,12 systems using third party repositories with Yum automated package installer.

Install EPEL, Remi and RPMFusion Repositories in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

VLC program doesn’t included in the Linux operating systems, we need to install it using third party repositories like Epel, Remi and RPMFusion. With the help of these repositories we can install list of all updated packages automatically using YUM package manager tool.

Installing EPEL & Remi Repository in RHEL/CentOS

First, install Epel and Remi repository for your Linux OS distribution using following links. Please select and install it according to your Linux supported system versions.

For RHEL/CentOS 6.3/6.2/6.1/6.0
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-7.noarch.rpm
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
For RHEL/CentOS 5.8/5.6/5.0
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/5/i386/epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-5.rpm

Installing RPMFusion Repository in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

You also need to install RPMFusion repository too, under your Linux system. So, please choose and install as per your system supported version.

For RHEL/CentOS 6.3/6.2/6.1/6.0
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/el/updates/6/i386/rpmfusion-free-release-6-1.noarch.rpm
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/el/updates/6/i386/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-6-1.noarch.rpm
For RHEL/CentOS 5.8/5.6/5.0
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/el/updates/5/i386/rpmfusion-free-release-5-1.noarch.rpm
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/el/updates/5/i386/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-5-1.noarch.rpm
For Fedora 17/16/15/14/13/12
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm 
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

Check the Availability of VLC in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

Once you’ve all the repositories installed on your system, do the following command to check the availability of VLC player.

## Under RHEL/CentOS 6/5 ##
# yum --enablerepo=remi-test info vlc

## Under Fedora 17/16/15/14/13/12 ##
# yum --enablerepo=remi info vlc
Sample Output :
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
Available Packages
Name        : vlc
Arch        : i686
Version     : 2.0.3
Release     : 1.el6
Size        : 1.9 M
Repo        : rpmfusion-free-updates
Summary     : The cross-platform open-source multimedia framework, player and server
URL         : http://www.videolan.org
License     : GPLv2+
Description : VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework
            : capable of reading most audio and video formats as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs,
            : and various streaming protocols.
            : It can also be used as a media converter or a server to stream in uni-cast or
            : multi-cast in IPv4 or IPv6 on networks.

Installing VLC Player in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

As you see the VLC player is available, so install it by running the following command on the terminal.

## Under RHEL/CentOS 6/5 ##
# yum --enablerepo=remi-test install vlc

## Under Fedora 17/16/15/14/13/12 ##
# yum --enablerepo=remi install vlc

Starting VLC Player in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

Run the following command from the Desktop terminal as normal user to Launch the VLC player. (Note : VLC is not supposed to be run as root user).

$ vlc
VLC Player Preview

See the preview of VLC Player under my CentOS 6.3 system.

Updating VLC Player in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora

If you would like to Update or Upgrade VLC player to latest stable version, use the following command.

## Under RHEL/CentOS 6/5 ##
# yum --enablerepo=remi-test update vlc

## Under Fedora 17/16/15/14/13/12 ##
# yum --enablerepo=remi update vlc

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