How to run VLC player as root in Linux? Fixing “VLC is not supposed to be run as root. Sorry” error.

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is one of the most used and popular Media player for Linux users.Very easy to install as it’s available via almost any Linux distro’s repo. However, in case you use Linux as root user like me, (or you’re a fellow Kali Linux user) then you have already seen this error “VLC is not supposed to be run as root. Sorry“. This post will go through the steps required to run vlc as root in Linux (any Linux to be precise).

In case you don’t have VLC installed, you can use the following command:

apt-get install vlc

But when you try to run VLC as root, you will see the following error:

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VLC running as root error - Click to expand

VLC running as root error - Click to expand

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).

Fixing “VLC is not supposed to be run as root. Sorry” error.

Though it is not advisable to run the applications as root, but there is a way to do that. First of all, take a backup:

root@kali:~# cp /usr/bin/vlc /usr/bin/vlc-backup

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Now open vlc binary using hexeditor:

root@kali:~# hexeditor /usr/bin/vlc

This will open VLC binary in hexeditor. Press CTRL+W to open search window. Select “search for text string” and press enter.

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Type in geteuid and press Enter.

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Now Press Tab key on your keyboard.  This switches you to ASCII side of hexeditor.

Replace geteuid with getppid as shown in the image below:

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Press Ctrl + X to exit saving changes. Save as /usr/bin/vlc.

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To revert your changes, you just need to restore the backup created earlier:

root@kali:~# cp /usr/bin/vlc-backup /usr/bin/vlc

Pretty easy.

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28 comments

  1. Thanks, works well!!Youtube channel will be good idea!!

  2. wow, thanks dude! it really works!!

  3. what movie is in the screenshot?

  4. or try this its work for me “sed -i ‘s/geteuid/getppid/’ /usr/bin/vlc “

  5. you are the best!!! please i would like to have your email and if possible skype…. i use KALI and also a fan of knowledge.

  6. Why? Why would you want to expose your system to malware embedded in media? Giving it inherited root permissions?

    You are anti-virus tester perhaps. Ah, but if you had any technical knowledge you wouldn’t be asking the stupid question

    Running VLC as root is a plum crazy idea.

    I assume that’s why the check is there – a safety measure to remind people, and to warn non-tech people in particular, that running a player (or a browser, for that matter) as root is idiotic.

    ROFL

  7. I was aving trouble opening VLC it couldnt happen at all but after this thanks to you it works LOVE IT!! THANKS DUDE

  8. Thanks a lot. Realy good job :)

  9. thank you very much for the simple but efective tutorial..i made it

  10. Yes. Big Thank you indeed. Worked on the first try.

  11. So much appreciated dude. It was just what I needed. Thanks!

  12. it works. thanks bro.. god bless you

  13. Like a Boss!! Super !!!

  14. Just run the below command and it will work

    root@kali:~# sed -i ‘s/geteuid/getppid/g’ /usr/bin/vlc

    Thank you

  15. root@kali:~# sed -i ‘s/geteuid/getppid/g’ /usr/bin/vlc
    root@kali:~# vlc

  16. file:///root/Pictures/Screenshot%20from%202016-12-01%2011-43-04.png
    its not working

  17. Ahem! just use it as root, some of us have to learn the hard way.

  18. Rishikanta Manganag

    Thank………………………………

  19. Hello..(Although i can play HEVC/x265 videos just fine using MPC-HC..) ive been doing some research on trying to Hack a version of VLC..to try to get a version to run through Ubuntu on a system running Windows 7 (64 bit)…My Question to anyone who Reads this..is…”Is this Possible at All to Hack and Run a Version of VLC and get it to play HEVC/x265 videos by making it think its being run through an imaginary version of Ubuntu, on a Laptop running a (64bit) of Windows 7? ORRRRR ….. Do i have to actually install Ubuntu and then continue to run Win7 n try the Hack then? in Either Case…is it possible? cuz I believe VLC can only Encode the HEVC/x265 videos but not Audio right now.. Please email me ur answer as soon as you get this. Thanks a Million n Cheers.. :)

  20. thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank you..run very well in my kali

  21. sed -i ‘s/geteuid/getppid/’ /usr/bin/vlc

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