VLC does not support hev1



I tried to play a MP4 file using VLC and it threw up this error:

No suitable decoder module:
VLC does not support the audio or video format "hev1".
Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.


That surprisingly pessimistic error message is wrong. hev1 is the HEVC/H.265 standard, which is a new video compression standard that is getting popular for high DPI content. All VLC needs is a decoder plugin for it.

There is a PPA that provides this decoder, so installing it is easy:

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:strukturag/libde265
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt install vlc-plugin-libde265

These video files should play correctly after installing this decoder.

Tried with: VLC 2.1.6 Rincewind and Ubuntu 14.04

19 thoughts on “VLC does not support hev1

    1. hi im having the same issue.. but cant seem to find the download link for the decoder plugin.. and whats a PPA? sorry for being a noob. pls help


    2. Ricardo: Are you using Windows? If you’re using Ubuntu, just follow the commands shown in the post. PPA is an online archive from which software can be installed.


  1. I’m using windows, and i don’t know how to do this?
    I’m a beginner to all this PDA and decoding. Please help me out!


  2. Thanks a lot man! It solved my issue, I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and VLC 2.1.6 Rincewind. Much appreciated.


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