I have installed a vlc in centos 6.5. I want to run it as root. But I get the following error,

"VLC is not supposed to be run as root. Sorry. If you need to use real-time priorities and/or privileged TCP ports you can use vlc-wrapper (make sure it is Set-UID root and cannot be run by non-trusted users first)."


This is what worked for me. No compilation required.

sed -i 's/geteuid/getppid/' /usr/bin/vlc

Using VLC media player 2.0.3 Twoflower on a Raspberry Pi.


One way around this is recompiling. Pass the --enable-run-as-root flag to ./configure and vlc should be able to run as root. The above answer is from here.


See http://www.linuxintro.org/wiki/Run_vlc_as_root:

  • backup the VLC binary:

    # cp /usr/bin/vlc /usr/bin/vlc-backup
  • find the call to geteuid inside the VLC binary:

    # needle=$(objdump -d /usr/bin/vlc | grep euid | tail -1 | awk '{print "\\x"$2"\\x"$3"\\x"$4"\\x"$5"\\x"$6;}')
  • replace the call to just deliver 01:

    # sed -ir "s/$needle/\xb8\x01\x00\x00\x00/" /usr/bin/vlc
  • test it

VLC should now run under the root user!


You will be able to run VLC as root by modifying the VLC binary, located in /usr/bin

First, you'll need a hex-editor, like Bless:

sudo apt-get install bless

Then, you'll open the VLC binary with the hex-editor:

sudo bless /usr/bin/vlc

Search and change the geteuid string by getppid, save and exit.

You can now launch VLC as root.


Go to main menu find vlc and set property as:

gksu -u vlc

or simply in terminal type

gksu -u <username(no root)> vlc

For example, if you have abc user your command will be:

gksu -u abc vlc

Kevin in comments of the question suggested using vlc-wrapper. I had troubles finding out how to use it so I'll describe how I made it work:

you need to set your non-privileged user in SUDO_UID: export SUDO_UID=1000

if you don't have a user to run vlc under create one:

useradd -g users vlc
# this will show you the uid of vlc user
id -u vlc

if you want SUDO_UID variable permanent, add it to bashrc:

echo "export SUDO_UID=1000" >> /root/.bashrc

be careful not to write single > instead of >>

then use vlc-wrapper instead of vlc

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