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VLC 3.0.18 Release Brings RISC-V Support

VLC 3.0.18 finally adds RISC-V support among other improvements.

VLC Media Player is a popular open-source and cross-platform media player by VideoLAN that has been around for quite some time. Undoubtedly, it's also one of the best media players for Linux.

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VLC's latest maintenance update, specifically v3.0.18, includes a set of enhancements and bug fixes.

Let's look at some of the key highlights of this release.

VLC 3.0.18: What's New?

VLC Media Player v3.0.18
  • Support for RISC-V architecture
  • Significant updates to adaptive streaming, including multiple timelines and WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks Format)
  • Y16 chroma support
  • DVBSub support inside MKV files

RISC-V Support

Users with devices based on the RISC-V hardware can now enjoy using VLC.

If you're not aware, RISC-V is a popular open-source hardware architecture. And you can expect more hardware to feature RISC-V in the near future.

Other Changes

As briefed above, there are several other enhancements as well, these include:

  • Improved FTP compatibility
  • Better playback of FLAC files
  • Improved seeking in OGG and fragmented MP4 files

Tons of bugs were fixed as well. Here are some of the most notable ones that were addressed.

  • Video-related issues and crashes related to OpenGL, DirectX and VAAPI
  • Performance and rendering issues with older graphics cards
  • Password search in the KWallet module
  • Throttled YouTube video playback using a Lua script

Some native bugs related to the macOS have also been addressed.

  • 10-bit accelerated video filters
  • Inaccurate translations
  • Decoding errors on HEVC files

On the other hand, Windows users should see fixes for UPnP and Windows Media Player compatibility.

Check out the official changelog for detailed information.

Download VLC 3.0.18

For now, the latest version is only available through Flathub. You cannot find the latest packages for Windows/macOS on the website yet.

However, you can get the source tarball through the official website (thanks to 9to5Linux for spotting this)

Hopefully, VLC's official site gets updated soon to reflect the latest maintenance release.

Ubuntu users can check out our step-by-step guide too if you need help:

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This beginner’s tutorial shows the steps for installing VLC on Ubuntu. You’ll also learn to install the latest VLC version from its official PPA.

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