Ubuntu – How to play encrypted DVD movies

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My machine can't play encrypted DVDs on a fresh install. How do I add this capability? Another useful bit of information would be what programs are best for playing DVDs, once I'm able to do so. See the similar question here. Will I be able to play DVD movies from any region?

Best Answer

  • To Enable Playback:

    1. Install libdvdread4:

      sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
    2. Then install libdvdcss:

      1. Ubuntu 15.10 onward

        sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg
      2. Ubuntu 12.04 to 15.04

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

      (More about libdvdcss here.)

    Best Players:

    According to the Ubuntu Wiki, Kaffeine, MPlayer, xine, Totem-xine, VLC, and Ogle will play DVDs with libdvdread and libdvdcss installed.

    I use both Totem and VLC to play DVDs. It's useful to have both installed, because sometimes one will have a playback quirk that the other will not.


    I believe playback will work in any region.

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