Install hevc codec for .mkv video on Linux Mint

Given how complete Linux Mint is out of the box, I’m surprised to have experienced this problem even after installing all extra codecs from the repositories after initial installation.

Upon attempting to play the latest .mkv episode of Silicon Valley, I received the following error in VLC Media Player.

“unable to decode hevc, there’s nothing you can do about this error”

Or words to that effect.  I’d include a screen-shot of the error but I’ve fixed it now, so am sharing the fix with you instead.  I’ll keep it succinct.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:strukturag/libde265

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-libde265

sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-libde265

sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin-libde265


8 Replies to “Install hevc codec for .mkv video on Linux Mint”

  1. I tried about fifty different methods to make this old laptop play the file and this is the only one that worked.

  2. Sincere thanks.
    You’re one of those great internet saviors that I always hope i’ll find whenever I’m googling errors.

  3. Thanks from Sweden! I celebrated the success by watching Rick & Morty S03E01. Possibly one of my greatest pop-cultural moments I’ve ever witnessed!

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