Install DVD Playback Codecs in Ubuntu 11.04 Beta

All the official DVD's (movies) come with an encryption, although the name "encryption" sounds a bit strong, but these encryption on DVD's are so weak that you can easily break them :P. But by default Ubuntu does not let you play encrypted DVD's.

But if you have installed the beta version of the Ubuntu 11.04 because you couldn't wait till it was released, and want to watch your favorite movie but found out that you simply can't watch it!, errrrrr. So in that case there are few packages that enable use to play both encrypted and un-encrypted DVD's in GNU Linux called libdvdcss and libdvdread4.

So all you gotta do is just install these two packages. To do that, please follow the three steps shown below.

Open your Terminal and issue the below commands.
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring
sudo apt-get update

    sudo -s
    apt-get install libdvdcss2
    cd /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/
 Wait till the installation finishes and you should be able to watch all your nerdy DVD movies afterward (with menus that is :) ). Enjoy!.


Javier said...

hey there, thanks for sharing this, pretty straightforward.
Just one small thing that didn't work, however I fixed it.

Instead of double dash for output parameter there was a weird character.


Gayan said...


Thanks dude... corrected it :).

Anonymous said...

Worked great!!


Gayan said...


hah funny... :P. Enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Had trouble with the medibuntu key, apt-get wouldn't update it.
here is what i found out:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update

Anonymous said...

thanks this worked perfectly for a newbie. Now dvds play on both movie player and vlc whereas they didn't previously.

Gayan said...


You are welcome :)...

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