I have a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed. I want to install the multimedia codecs but I do not have an Internet connection in Ubuntu. I do have a connection in Windows, instead.

Is there a way to do so?


You can download packages manually and install them in Ubuntu.

Look at here and select what you need, then download them from here.

In Ubuntu, you can use mount(8) to mount the Windows partition.

Then run

dpkg -i /path/to/your/deb/debname.deb

to install these packages.

Notice that you may have to prepare everything necessary and install them in order because dpkg cannot download dependencies.

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  • and what are the important codecs for mp3 and mp4 files? – Detailer Feb 10 '14 at 10:07
  • From wiki: Many codecs are already available in the official Debian archive. These include codecs for MP3, H264, and AAC encoding and decoding. These codecs are made available through libraries such as the libav/ffmpeg libraries. – House Zet Feb 11 '14 at 5:24

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