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what is the Ubuntu restricted extras Should installed (Ubuntu restricted extras) after the install ubuntu 12.04 ?

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ubuntu-restricted-extras is a software package for the computer operating system Ubuntu that allows the user to install essential software which is not already included due to legal or copyright reasons.

It is a meta-package that installs:

  • Support for MP3 and unencrypted DVD playback
  • Microsoft TrueType core fonts
  • Flash plugin
  • codecs for common audio and video files

The ubuntu-restricted-extras is a metapackage and has the following dependencies1:



To install ubuntu-restricted-extras from the Ubuntu Software Center, click the below icon: Install via the software center

Or via terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), type:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
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They are media codecs required for playing media files (songs and videos). Without installing it you can't Play songs and videos.

To install it open terminal (Press ctrl+alt+t) and Type following command

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

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Thank you my dear teachers – Farhad Oct 14 '12 at 4:15

if you are newbie you could see that you cant play mo3 file or flash player or rar and such stuffs.

ubuntu restricted extras is a a package that contain all these stuffs that you already used @ windows before

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Thank you my dear teachers – Farhad Oct 14 '12 at 4:15

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