VLC 3 - MATE fullscreen (PPA is obsolete)

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*** THIS PPA IS NOW OBSOLETE --- please use ppa:savoury1/vlc3 instead! ***

Note about full screen issues: A long standing bug [1] first reported over three years ago (July 2019) related to VLC > 3.0.3 for users of particular desktop environments has now been fixed at last in latest VLC 3.0.18 with some changes [2] to how VLC handles the playback bar in fullsreen mode! So all users of this PPA should now use the main VLC PPA (ppa:savoury1/vlc3).

[1] https://code.videolan.org/videolan/vlc/-/issues/22563
[2] https://code.videolan.org/videolan/vlc/-/commit/d68b590f


Builds of VLC (and fix fullscreen with MATE) for Xenial & newer.

*** Please always see https://launchpad.net/~savoury1 for general updates about this Launchpad site before contacting me or reporting any bugs! ***

*** Big thanks to all those who have donated to support this project, you are very directly helping to keep it alive! To all who have not donated: please do so if you can afford it, this project depends on donations. ***

If software at this site is useful to you then please consider a donation:

*** Donations: https://paypal.me/Savoury1 & https://ko-fi.com/Savoury1 ***
*** Also https://patreon.com/Savoury1 & https://liberapay.com/Savoury1 ***

UPDATE (24 May 2022): Anyone with no audio since the recent VLC update at this PPA (package versions should be able to fix this issue by removing "vlc-plugin-pipewire" such as with the command:

  sudo apt-get purge vlc-plugin-pipewire

See https://bugs.launchpad.net/savos/+bug/1974089 for more details on bug.

This new vlc-plugin-pipewire package will now be on all those systems that updated to the mentioned VLC package version, if "Recommends" packages are auto-installed. This seems to be Focal and newer series (same as Debian), but seems to not be so with default installations of earlier series (ie. Bionic). An update to VLC here today has demoted the vlc-plugin-pipewire package from Recommends to Suggests to fix the issue. *** END UPDATE ***

This PPA contains a patched version of VLC with one commit relative to Qt reverted, due that commit causing issues in fullscreen mode when using MATE and Unity (and possibly other) desktop environments. See the links below for details about this Qt related issue in VLC 3.0.4 and higher.

Due the version string for VLC here (+mate added to Debian pkg version) it will supersede the regular VLC build also published on this Launchpad site (see ppa:savoury1/vlc). Thus, only add this PPA to your system if you are sure you need the fullscreen bugfix that affects MATE (and other) DEs!

                    VLC - media player (Xenial & newer)

dav1d (1.0.0), fluidsynth (2.2.8), gpac (2.0.0), libdvdnav (6.1.1), libdvdread (6.1.3), libebml (1.4.4), liblivemedia (2022.10.01), libmatroska (1.7.1), libplacebo (4.208.0), libtorrent-rasterbar (1.2.15 Focal / 1.2.11 final Py 2.7 version), lirc (0.10.1 bugfix), protobuf (3.12.4), sndio (1.9.0), srt (1.5.0), taglib (1.12), vlc (, vlc-plugin-bittorrent (2.14), vlc-plugin-pipewire (3), x264 (0.164.3098 = libx264-164), x265 (3.5 = libx265-199)

Xenial & Bionic: libgcrypt20, libgpg-error, libmicrodns (0.1.0), libnfs (4.0.0), libspatialaudio (0.3.0+git20180730)

Xenial only: libepoxy (1.4.3)


*** Install ***

VLC here requires FFmpeg >= 4.4 so do these steps for a successful install:

  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/ffmpeg4
  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/vlc3
  sudo apt-get update
  sudo apt-get install vlc

For _all_ latest dependencies (beyond minimum needed for VLC and FFmpeg):

  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/graphics
  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/multimedia
  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/ffmpeg4
  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/vlc3
  sudo apt-get update
  sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  sudo apt-get install vlc

*** Build ***

This PPA has build dependencies on:


Note: With backported protobuf >= 3 chromecast support builds on Xenial.

*** Fullscreen ***

VideoLAN Forums: VLC 3.0.4 fullscreen bug (Ubuntu 18.04)


According to Rémi Denis-Courmont (lead VLC developer) it is not a VLC bug:


It appears to be an unresolved issue between Qt and some desktop managers. If using MATE or Unity (or another affected desktop manger) reverting this single commit changing a single line of code fixes the issue immediately:


Other links referencing a fullscreen bug in VLC 3.0.4 and higher:


*** Credits ***

- Creators of VLC: Rémi Denis-Courmont and the entire VLC team

- Package code: Debian Multimedia Maintainers

Adding this PPA to your system

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:savoury1/vlc3-mate to your system's Software Sources. (Read about installing)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/vlc3-mate
sudo apt update
Technical details about this PPA

This PPA can be added to your system manually by copying the lines below and adding them to your system's software sources.

Display sources.list entries for:
deb https://ppa.launchpadcontent.net/savoury1/vlc3-mate/ubuntu YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE main 
deb-src https://ppa.launchpadcontent.net/savoury1/vlc3-mate/ubuntu YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE main 
Signing key:
4096R/E996735927E427A733BB653E374C7797FB006459 (What is this?)


For questions and bugs with software in this PPA please contact Rob Savoury.

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