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How to install all possible media codecs from console?

Is there a way to load and save them for some cases without Internet connection?

Thanks in Advance!

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UPDATE: May-2015

For Ubuntu 15.04 and 14.04 LTS (12.04 or later)

install CURL tool

sudo apt-get install curl

load VideoLAN repository

curl | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb ./" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/libdvdcss.list
sudo apt-get update

install VLC and Mplayer, and their support elements

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-data vlc-plugin-pulse browser-plugin-vlc mplayer2

install remaining Ubuntu 'restricted extras' (146 MB when installed, skip if space is critical)

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

enable full DVD support (depending on which Ubuntu release, these three packages may already be installed)

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libdvdnav4 libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/
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didn't get. for what we adding medibuntu rep? to get wide codecs range? – skater_nex Aug 2 '12 at 7:56
ubuntu did'nt include some codec's due to licence issues , mediaubuntu team packed such codecs – Tachyons Aug 2 '12 at 8:01
see: "Medibuntu is a packaging project dedicated to distributing software that cannot be included in Ubuntu for various reasons, related to geographical variations in legislation regarding intellectual property, security and other issues:" – david6 Aug 2 '12 at 8:02

Yep, I had this problem when I switched to Ubuntu a year ago lol. I only know how to install them. I then made a mirror of my Linux installation as it's a bit more complex than using just the Ubuntu Desktop. I use a Server Thin Client Environment.

Anyway the command to install codecs you need is

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-bad-multiverse

You may want to check if there is a later version of gstreamer available. The last one worked well for me and all my videos played so I stuck to this version (0.10)

I'm sure there is a way to save it too but hopefully someone will answer your the second part of your question here

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you can download them from the gstreamer website. Click link – exIT Solutions Aug 2 '12 at 4:09
Thanks, but I don't thinks your codec list if full enough. I need almost all existing codecs. – skater_nex Aug 2 '12 at 4:36
check out this Post installation guide. It has details on installing codecs in the Multimedia section. I hope this helps link – exIT Solutions Aug 2 '12 at 4:50
This worked for me in Ubuntu 12.04, except I had to remove gstreamer0.10-bad-multivers – Francisco Nov 13 '15 at 22:42

Install the ubuntu-restricted-extras for most of the codecs. To install it, click on the below image: Install via the software center

Install and run aptoncd Install aptoncd to backup all the packages you have downloaded; you can reuse them using aptoncd in any computer.

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I really need all the codecs. How Can I obtain rare ones? – skater_nex Aug 2 '12 at 4:34
i think all the codecs would come with restricted extras, still you can search in the "software centre" for any other codecs left to be installed. if you are a music professional , you can install "ubuntustudio desktop" it will fetch all the required packages for art-music professionals. – techvish81 Aug 2 '12 at 5:34

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