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I just downloaded a DVD which is for a movie. After uncompressing the DVD file I see .VOB, .IFO and .BUP files. If I open the first .VOB file it shows me the DVD menu but I can't interact with it. So, my question is... is Totem able to play those kind of files? If so, how can I achieve that? What other app could I use in order to reproduce those files?


Using VLC didn't work neither. I forgot to mention I have already tried that. Let me rephrase: if I open the first video file it shows the DVD menu, BUT I can't interact with it.

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if you mount the iso, vlc should play the folder as a disk – RobotHumans Nov 27 '10 at 8:45
Install VLC almost it can play many formats. – karthick87 Nov 27 '10 at 11:25
@aking1012 I don't have the ISO. I have a RAR file with the files inside. @karthick87 didn't work. – Cristian Nov 27 '10 at 16:19
up vote 17 down vote accepted

Finally I figured out how to do it. These are the steps:

  • Create a subdirectory called VIDEO_TS and move all files there.
  • Create an DVD ISO file by executing:

    genisoimage -iso-level 1 -dvd-video -volset-size 1 -o output.iso root_folder
  • Mount the DVD ISO by executing:

    sudo mount -t iso9660 -o loop output.iso /media/cd/

The result will be a compatible ISO image which can be played using any video player (Totem, MPlayer, Dragon, etc.).

For those ones who are too ubuntufied, you can use K3B to create a DVD project and select "Create image only" before burn it.

Anyway, thanks for the answers. This site is too different from what I was used to in StackOverflow though, I have to say. It seems that some of you just read the title of the questions before answering. Maybe my English is too bad :)

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Open Ubuntu Software Center, search for vlc Install vlc and install it.

Then go Applications --> Sound and Video --> VLC. On VLC press Media --> Open folder and select the folder that contains the VOB files.

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This is right. The key is to open the folder that contains the video files, not open the files themselves. – Ryan Thompson Nov 27 '10 at 23:19
This solution was close... but not that close. It does not play the videos in order, and I don't have any chance to choose what video to play. – Cristian Nov 29 '10 at 1:04
I'm running a debian 7.4 system and found that this hint sounded very helpful to me. I got a disc with .vob videos on it, but I was unable to reproduce them. So I installed the vlc player. But opening the folder of the .vob videos didnt work. Then I tried to the "play disc" option and that worked perfectly. I could see the main menu and navigate through the options and play different videos from there. Thank you for the good hint. – Bodo Hugo Barwich Aug 2 '14 at 12:43

Just install VLC player it will play all VOB files.

Install VLC from the Software Center.

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Why suggest commandline when it is easy to just open Ubuntu Software center and install vlc? Everybody here (I assume) use Ubuntu, not any other distro. That is why every non techy thinks "Linux?? nooooo there is to much commands I have to learn !!". Well this is not true for me and you but we must prove it by avoiding (lazy?) answers that suggests do a sudo somthing... No offence he ? just a suggestion... :) – Salih Emin Nov 27 '10 at 13:17
It happens the same as with Totem. – Cristian Nov 27 '10 at 16:20
Thank you very much...I installed many things and tried to open files but failed and finally VLC player helped me. I was really becoming angry at ubuntu...but fortunately got it played :) – kami Mar 28 '11 at 2:38
In Ubuntu 15.10 it was not enough - but with libdvdcss2 VLC works well now. – G. Demecki Jun 18 at 15:39

I found the following item:

I would check out and follow the instructions on there (I generally find VLC is the best option). It explains everything you need to know about playing DVDs in Ubuntu.

It is specifically tailored to playing DVDs but a vob file is what is used on DVDs so should also cover what you are looking for (except when going to play it you open a file instead of a DVD).

you may need to install the libdvdcss packages as well to make DVDs play correctly.

I hope this helps.

So: You can right click on a VOB file and select VLC, or open VLC and find the VOB file.

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Indeed, sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg did the trick! Not VLC plays even encrypted DVDs. Thank you. – G. Demecki Jun 18 at 15:16

I found the following solution using mplayer:

mplayer -mouse-movements dvdnav:////home/me/FOO

Here /home/me/FOO is the directory where the .vob files reside.

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You don't decompress the DVD file. You have two options:

  • Burn the .iso file to a blank DVD.

  • Mount the .iso file.

Either way should produce a playable DVD, and Ubuntu should automatically detect it.

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Yes... the problem is that I don't have the ISO nor the DVD disk. – Cristian Nov 27 '10 at 16:22

The current version of Totem, 2.32.0, on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick is able to play a DVD .iso file without decompressing it or anything like that. Just right-click on the .iso and "Open With > Other Application..." and choose Totem. I had to open the .iso twice for it to work, but it works fine and I'm able to navigate the DVD menus and turn on/off the subtitles and everything.

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Use smplayer. It is a great player. You will need to add the medibuntu repo to install w32codecs or w64codecs for that.

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I used it and it didn't work either. – Cristian Nov 29 '10 at 0:59

mount the file and play it with default video player...

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Could you give examples on doing this? – Lekensteyn Apr 10 '11 at 8:45
In addition to an explanation of how to do this, screenshots may also be helpful. – Eliah Kagan Sep 4 '12 at 1:59

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