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I installed VLC player on my Ubuntu 14.04 system. DVD movies won't play (no sound or picture) even though the computer tries to start the movie. What's wrong? Is the version wrong for Ubuntu 14.04?

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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. Now all DVD movies should play like a charm.

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    This also solved my problem with handbrake! – frepie Jan 23 '16 at 22:07
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    There's no install-css.sh file in that directory. – Dean Schulze Jun 28 '16 at 2:27
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    I don't have the rep to post an answer: for Ubuntu 15.10 and newer, the libdvdread4 no longer contains the install-css.sh. Instead, run: 'sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg'. See help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats/PlayingDVDs for more details. – marts Sep 14 '16 at 13:37
  • This did not work for me running Ubuntu 16.04 and VLC 2.2.2 – The Duke Of Marshall שלום Jan 30 '18 at 0:39
  • This did not work for me running 18.10. – Lexible Apr 19 at 23:05
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15.10 and upper

Copy to terminal:

sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg

Then install something such as:

sudo apt-get install pyrenamer;
sudo apt-get remove pyrenamer;

to run building script of libdvdcss2.


15.04 and lower

Copy to terminal:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras;
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh;
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    This worked for me running Ubuntu 16.04 and VLC 2.2.2 – The Duke Of Marshall שלום Jan 30 '18 at 0:39
  • This did not work for me running 18.10. – Lexible Apr 19 at 23:04
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My fix in 16.04

sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg followed by sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg

Then just drag-and-drop the IFO (usually VIDEO_TS.IFO) into VLC window.

This also works with 19.04 and is the official VLC solution.

  • worked for me :D – btc4cash Jun 10 at 17:12
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If you have the same problem with me because we open disk in wrong way, please try the following way:

http://howtoubuntu.org/how-to-play-a-dvd-in-ubuntu

First,      insert DVD and do nothing with it (no run, no open). 
Second,     launch VLC Media Player. You can find it by searching for VLC.
Lastly,     brown to DVD files by click File and select Open Disc.
  • This did not work for me running 18.10. – Lexible Apr 19 at 23:05

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