How To Fix “VLC does not support the audio or video format “hevc””

VLC media player is a free and open source media player, encoder, and streamer made the volunteers of VideoLAN community.


No suitable decoder module

VLC does not support the audio or video format “hevc.

Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.

The above error message is a result of trying to play a video file in VLC. The error message doesn’t give a clue either. To fix this we need to install libde265, which is an open source implementation of the h.265 video codec.

We will install libde265 via PPA. To install open Terminal and run the commands below:

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

VLC should now play these media files after installation has been completed successfully.