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On Ubuntu 12.04 I can't play DVDs in VLC, the native DVD player, or Parole media play. I must be missing something.

What libraries/codecs do I need etc.? Where do I get them? Where do I find out where to get them?

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Install package ubuntu-restricted-extras:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

then run:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

to install libdvdcss2 library, that is not included in offical repos due to legal reasons. Finally install your favorite DVD player if you haven't done it yet. Now all DVD movies should play like a charm.

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  • Thanks! It really worked like a charm. How did you know? I understand the commands, but the arguments -- how do you figure that out? Jun 13, 2014 at 20:04

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