I've been trying to install VLC for Debian Stretch and can get the command line to work fine, however I can't get the GUI to open.

I've Googled this a bunch and came across multiple different examples of a similar issue, but so far none of them have been able to help.

The furthest I have gotten so far is I have compiled VLC 3.0.4 from Source I downloaded from VLC. This now works perfectly from the command line, but there are no GUI elements on the video playback (like play and pause buttons) and I can't open VLC from the applications menu, only the command line.

The output of VLC -vvv gives no errors (as far as I can tell) so I'm a little stuck for what to try next.

Any ideas?

  • Did you try installing the Debian vlc package? Make sure you install vlc, and not vlc-nox, to get the GUI. Sep 14, 2018 at 11:55
  • Hi, yeah I've tried installing vlc straight from the debian repo, but that got me the same result
    – tomh1012
    Sep 14, 2018 at 12:01
  • What happens if you press F11 when VLC is running? Sep 14, 2018 at 12:03
  • As far as I can see F11 does nothing
    – tomh1012
    Sep 14, 2018 at 12:43

1 Answer 1


Try to install package phonon-backend-vlc.

  • Only if the OP is using KDE... I run VLC on Debian 9 with a GUI without phonon-backend-vlc. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:15
  • Sorry should have said, I'm using Gnome 3.22?
    – tomh1012
    Sep 14, 2018 at 12:22

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