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 Nov 27, 2010 at 8:45
  • Install VLC almost it can play many formats.
    – karthick87
    Nov 27, 2010 at 11:25
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    @aking1012 I don't have the ISO. I have a RAR file with the files inside. @karthick87 didn't work.
    – Cristian
    Nov 27, 2010 at 16:19
  • 'were inside' are you trying to say you ripped of the files from a DVD ?
    – tgkprog
    Apr 3, 2017 at 10:57

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Open the Ubuntu Software Center, search for VLC, and install it.

Then go to Applications --> Sound and Video --> VLC.

In VLC, press Media --> Open Directory 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. Nov 27, 2010 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, 2010 at 1:04
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    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. Aug 2, 2014 at 12:43

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.


Just install VLC player it will play all VOB files.

Install VLC from the Software Center.

Also, you need this:

sudo apt install libdvd-pkg
sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
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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, 2010 at 13:17
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    It happens the same as with Totem.
    – Cristian
    Nov 27, 2010 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 :) Mar 28, 2011 at 2:38
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    In Ubuntu 15.10 it was not enough - but with libdvdcss2 VLC works well now.
    – G. Demecki
    Jun 18, 2016 at 15:39

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.

  • I did mplayer -mouse-movements dvd:////home/me/FOO in Lubuntu 20_04. I wonder why 4 /, is it for escaping? Do not think as `` escapes.
    – Timo
    Jul 31, 2021 at 14:37

I found the following item:

I would check out https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats/PlayingDVDs 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, 2016 at 15:16

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, 2010 at 16:22

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

  • I used it and it didn't work either.
    – Cristian
    Nov 29, 2010 at 0:59

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.


For some linux installations it may be easier to encode the VOB to a video file. Here is an example using libav-tools . With ffmpeg would be the same I guess, but I haven't tried:

avconv -i VTS_01_1.VOB -f avi -c:v libx264 -g 300 -bf 2 ~/video_01_1.avi

Usually the place where the VOB files are located has read-only access. The output file will be in the users main directory.

Some options explained:

  • -f avi : force output format
  • -c:v libx264 : encode with the h264 codec to create small, but quality files
  • -g 300 : GOP size is 300 which means one intra frame every 10 seconds for 29.97fps input video

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

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    Could you give examples on doing this?
    – Lekensteyn
    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:45
  • In addition to an explanation of how to do this, screenshots may also be helpful. Sep 4, 2012 at 1:59

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