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I have Ubuntu 14.04 and I can't get it to recognize Libdvdcss2, which is downloaded to the download file. There I clicked on the bz2 file and it opened to give me a nice neat package that doesn't work. What do I need to do or try. Keep in mind I am a newbie.

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By installing the libdvdcss2 package you can play encrypted DVDs with:

  1. Kaffeine , the Kubuntu video player

  2. MPlayer

  3. xine

  4. Totem-xine

  5. VLC media player

  6. Ogle

  7. XBMC Media Center

12.04 onwards works this way.

Install the libdvdread4 package ( no need to add third party repositories ) via Synaptic or command line: (note: if you have installed *ubuntu-restricted-extras this has already been installed automatically for you)

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

Then open a terminal window and execute:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

Rebooting may be necessary.

After this, VLC will automatically use it.

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I know you're not supposed to write "thanks" messages on the site, but in this case I just can't help it. Thank you for "sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/" - now I can finally watch some DVDs! – PkP Sep 23 '15 at 10:07
There is a gigantic security flaw in – kasperd Dec 8 '15 at 20:36

Ubuntu 14.04 doesn't provide libdvdcss in repositories so you need to add vlc ppa to the sources.list so you can download it.

 sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
 curl | sudo apt-key add -
 echo "deb ./" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/libdvdcss.list
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
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You can download libdvdcss too by navigating to the appropriate section, eg; for trusty:

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