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. – Stephen Kitt Sep 14 '18 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 '18 at 12:01
  • What happens if you press F11 when VLC is running? – Stephen Kitt Sep 14 '18 at 12:03
  • As far as I can see F11 does nothing – tomh1012 Sep 14 '18 at 12:43

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. – Stephen Kitt Sep 14 '18 at 12:15
  • Sorry should have said, I'm using Gnome 3.22? – tomh1012 Sep 14 '18 at 12:22

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