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Introduction

Ubuntu strives to make all of the most important software available to its users automatically. However patent and copyright restrictions (see Ubuntu License Policy) complicate distribution of software to support non-free formats.

However, you can install the ability to play popular non-free media formats, including DVD, MP3, Quicktime, and Windows Media formats, by following the instructions below.

Ubuntu’s commitment to only include completely free software by default means that proprietary media formats are not configured “out of the box”. See Ubuntu’s Free Software Philosophy and the Free Formats page for a more comprehensive discussion of these issues.

  • Legal Notice Patent and copyright laws operate differently depending on which country you are in. Please obtain legal advice if you are unsure whether a particular patent or restriction applies to a media format you wish to use in your country.

Playing Restricted Formats

Easy Install

If you are using regular, stock Ubuntu: Click here to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package

If you are using Kubuntu: kubuntu-restricted-extras

If you are using Xubuntu: xubuntu-restricted-extras

If you are using Lubuntu: lubuntu-restricted-extras

If you find the above link for your system does not work, please use the Manual Install section.

Manual Install

If you are using regular, stock Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

If you are using Kubuntu:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

If you are using Xubuntu:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras

If you are using Lubuntu:

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras

Add libdvdccs

In addition, in order to play DVDs, you need to install libdvdcss by entering the following in a terminal:

 sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

Detailed Instructions and Troubleshooting

Audio

DVD

Web

Video

Other

See also


RestrictedFormats (last edited 2013-10-06 10:38:39 by jgwild)